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Lab Manager/Technician position for Behavioural Neuroscience

Job ID: 30963
Location: Main Campus
Updated January 31, 2024

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The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Overview

The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for a Lab Manager/Technician. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

 This position reports to the Principal Investigator, and will supervise lab operations by ensuring smooth day-to-day functioning of the laboratory, including equipment maintenance, and managing supplies. The lab manager will be responsible for managing the lab budgets and procurement processes. 

Position Description

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

  • Management of lab and project coordination
  • Management of daily activities in the laboratory, maintaining an environment that is both orderly and clean, to ensure smooth and efficient laboratory operations
  • Ensuring compliance with safety protocols, laboratory regulations and institutional policies
  • Assisting with management of animal inventory
  • Maintaining a consistent supply of laboratory reagents, ensuring these are in stock and readily available
  • Procuring essential laboratory materials through placement of purchase orders
  • Management and maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Performing stereotaxic rodent surgeries to assist with experiments
  • Performing perfusions and histological procedures

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in neuroscience, biology, or an equivalent field
  • A minimum of 3 years of laboratory experience is required
  • Experience with animal surgeries, including excellent knowledge and skills using anesthesia and performing recovery surgeries in rodents
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team and provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Extensive knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures and techniques
  • Extensive experience working with mice including: managing mouse colonies, survival surgeries, and training others with handling and animal procedures with minimal direction
  • Ability be open to learning new techniques and skills and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Basic to intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent communication, written, and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate with various levels of management and university groups, as well as external parties to the university

Application Deadline:  March 27, 2024

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 1.

For a listing of all management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Management and Staff Careers website

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