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Research Analyst, Physiology & Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine

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Job ID: 12163

Updated: February 23, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Analyst. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reports to Director of the HBI Microscopy Imaging Facility.

 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Ensures proper training, education and supervision of all users of the highly specialized equipment in the imaging facility
  • Ensures that specialized equipment is operational and must arrange appointments and additional training with instrumentation vendors
  • Assists in the design of experimental protocols customized and optimized for a variety of research projects, in consultation with research labs and end-users
  • Works to deploy new approaches that will aid labs in the institute
  • Works to educate trainees by developing training tools, seminars, and other value-add microscopy skills in collaboration with other Faculty imaging facilities
  • Manage financial project provided for operational costs
  • Responsible for reliability and safe operation of equipment
  • Ensures that all University of Calgary procedures are followed
  • Responsible that training on all equipment is conducted in timely and safe manner
  • Manage training from the equipment specialists and vendors
  • Responsible for purchasing additional instruments working with imaging facility director
  • Interact with individuals in a similar position in the different imaging facilities across the Cumming School of Medicine in order to optimize the training and education procedures surrounding the use of optimal imaging systems
  • Trains and supervises other staff, students, and Faculty in the operation of equipment and facility protocols
  • Assist with plans and designs for specialized applications to meet the needs of operations, research, and services
  • Participate in the design and development of precision equipment and processes
  • Operates, maintains and troubleshoots complex problems with equipment
  • Recommend changes to methods, procedures, and practices within the facility
  • Oversee reliable and safe operation of all laboratory space and equipment for various users
  • Extensive understanding, continued learning and development of safety codes, standards, and systems related to specialization

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • PhD in life sciences or physical sciences (neuroscience preferred)
  • A university degree in a related field required, such as a PhD in life sciences or physical sciences (neuroscience preferred) with extensive application of advanced optical microscopes OR an engineering background in electronics, optics or photonics with direct applicability to optical imaging technologies
  • Postdoctoral experience in neuroscience and optical microscopy would be considered as asset
  • Minimum of four years of experience working with advanced optical imaging technology and instrumentation
  • Expertise in lightsheet microscopy and tissue clearing would be considered an asset
  • Computer programing skills would be considered a bonus
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, is required
  • Proven management abilities and strong interpersonal skills in effectively dealing with different people and groups
  • Knowledge of principles of leadership, management and administration
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, analyze data and work with various sources of information
  • Must be able to present ideas, problems, solutions and instruction clearly and concisely
  • Handles complex, stressful situations with diplomacy, calmness and good judgment, coaches and assists where appropriate
  • Ability to perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Ability to perform moderate manual activities
  • Ability to provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical facility issues
  • Extensive knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures and techniques
  • Understanding of safety codes and standards related to specialization
  • Operate and maintain complex technical equipment
  • Work with various biological samples
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, organization, problem solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of University core business systems is desirable
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success
  • WHIMS Certification

Application Deadline:  February 22, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted. 

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

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