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Lab Technician, Physiology and Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine

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Job ID: 12169

Updated: April 5, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

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

This position reports to a Principal Investigator.

The Lab Technician will support the basic science research laboratory. Their primary focus will be to manage the functions of the laboratory in all their many dimensions, from day-to-day ordering of supplies, laboratory safety, etc, to performing experiments on projects with students, postdoctoral fellows, etc.  Expertise in immunohistochemistry, histology, microscopy, PCR, basic biochemistry (Western blot analysis, ELISA, etc), will be required for the position and can be taught if required. Laboratory animal work is an important aspect of the position, as animal models of GI disease are routinely used. The work conducted is specialized and will demand a set of basic laboratory skills and knowledge of animal handling. Some tasks are complex and involve a high level of concentration and skill.

The work conducted is specialized and will demand a set of basic laboratory skills and knowledge of animal handling. Some tasks are complex and involve a high level of concentration and skill.

 

Position Description

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

  • Fully proficient independent technical practitioner
  • Perform skilled technical work of moderate complexity
  • Able to perform all aspects of duties
  • Able to work independently in performance of daily activities
  • Responsible for the reliable and safe operation of equipment and materials in the laboratory
  • Responsible to maintain established programs and procedures
  • Continuous development and streamlining of processes and procedures
  • Present specialized, technical information or research results to the PI and his colleagues
  • Ability to operate laboratory equipment in a safe manner
  • Prepare tissues, perform lab functions such as preparing specific chemical solutions, etc
  • Abilities in animal handling and evaluation of animal models of disease
  • Conduct clinical assessments of animal and basic analyses of various biological samples (e.g. tissues, organ, brains, blood, etc.) and record findings
  • Understanding of safety codes, standards, and systems related to the specialization
  • Perform animal surgery (after training)
  • Maintains cleanliness of laboratory area (i.e., washes and decontaminates benches, countertops, sinks, cupboards and equipment) and sterilization of equipment)
  • Aware of laboratory safety procedures and act appropriately and quickly as required
  • Ensures proper disposal of specimens, reagents and bio-hazardous waste, as University of Calgary procedures and policies
  • Uses confidential information appropriately and maintains the confidentiality and security of all information related to research subjects
  • Routinely monitor and assess well-being of experimental animals
  • Maintain high ethical standards in the treatment of animals
  • Order supplies for the laboratory
  • Ensure invoices are paid
  • Coordinate experiments and timelines for students and fellows
  • Fully proficient in tissue collection techniques (perfusion, blood collection, brain dissection)
  • Proficient at molecular biology, biochemistry, histology and immunohistochemistry techniques
  • Keep accurate and detailed data records (paper [lab note book] and electronic)
  • Work collaboratively with other laboratories in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and elsewhere
     

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology or equivalent
  • Minimum 4 years of technical experience or equivalent
  • Demonstrated proficiency in animal work is highly desirable
  • Must possess strong organizational skills and effective communication skills, and be able to work collaboratively within the lab and with others between labs
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, be cooperative and highly dependable
  • Must have the ability to work independently and interdependently within a lab team
  • Knowledge of basic computer software such as Word and Excel
  • Must be comfortable with learning new computer software
  • WHMIS / Animal Handling courses, etc
  • Maintain flexibility, work on multiple research projects in effective and efficient manner
  • Ability to perform moderate physical / manual activities
  • Experience with PeopleSoft eProcurement and other University of Calgary programs would be extremely useful
     

Application Deadline:  March 2, 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.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website

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The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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