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Lab Coordinator, Anthropology and Archaeology, Faculty of Arts

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Job ID: 26750

Updated: October 4, 2022

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Overview

The Anthropology and Archaeology Team in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for a Lab Coordinator. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Lab Coordinator reports to the Principle Investigator and works in a laboratory setting overseeing the day-to-day operations and cleaning of the lab facility. The laboratory supports the PI's research on the African Stone Age, investigating how climate change and paleo environmental conditions influenced hominid dietary behaviour and stone tool use, and how these factors act as key drivers in human evolutionary research. This position works closely with the PI and the project team members. It is critical that the incumbent has the ability to follow specific directions and established research protocols in palaeoenvironmental analysis.

This research group promotes collaboration within the project, and encourages academic growth, input on experimental design, and co-authorship. Additionally, this project values diversity within the research group, both in terms of research experience and minority groups; all are encouraged to apply.

The primary purpose of this position is to oversee the day-to-day operations and cleaning of the lab facility. The Lab Coordinator executes projects and services, ordering materials and maintaining an inventory to ensure that the lab is maintained with supplies and runs functionally. This position updates procedures and makes recommendations to improve efficiency. This position maintains equipment and coordinates lab safety. The incumbent will also organize and participate in research group meetings and takes minutes.

Position Description

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

  • Oversee all laboratory research projects and assignments
  • Process geo-archaeological, palaeobiological, and geochemical samples following established research protocols
  • Analyze and quantify microbotanical remains, such as starch and phytoliths
  • Update Standard Operating Protocols, together with team members, for standardized experiments and equipment operations
  • Manage and maintain lab inventories to ensure that the lab runs functionally
  • Order specialized equipment and supplies
  • Orientate new team members, such as students, on research procedures
  • Provide support to students working in the lab
  • Coordinate and manages lab safety procedures, training, and documents for all of the research team members, as well as maintaining Chematix inventory and completing annual lab inspections of the lab spaces
  • Organize and implement full-laboratory cleaning events
  • Arrange and participate in laboratory and research group meetings
  • Coordinate field logistics, such as sampling, cargo, purchasing, and permit applications
  • Assist in project administration, including accounting and preparation of documents
  • Assist in the preparation of scientific manuscripts, including archiving of data, and uploading of materials to open-access repositories
  • Correspond with project members, collaborators, and administrators
  • Support the PI in recruitment processes for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, student hires, and interns

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Geoscience, Biology, Archaeology; or related field; or equivalent experience
  • Previous experience in the processing, analysis and counting of phytoliths and/or starch is mandatory. If the candidate has experience in only one, the candidate will be required to learn the other
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work in a team environment with the project team, such as students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates
  • Excellent time management skills including an ability to prioritize work, to work under pressure, and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to analyze and make recommendations and decisions
  • Ability to learn new software and experimental testing equipment and procedures
  • Experience working in a lab conducting research is an asset
  • Experience with University business systems and databases (e.g. PeopleSoft, Enterprise Reporting and e-Fin) is an asset

Application Deadline:  October 4, 2022

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 Operational / Administrative Job Family, Phase 2.

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We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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