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Research Technician, Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Job ID: 32224
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated July 09, 2024

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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.


The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research 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.

The Research Technician ensures the optimal operation of spectral and flow cytometry machines at the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute. Responsibilities include training users, maintaining equipment, managing the booking system, troubleshooting, and assisting with data analysis and sample preparation to support high-quality cancer research.

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

  • User Training: Conduct sessions to train new users on the correct and safe operation of flow cytometry machines
  • Booking System Management: Maintain an efficient scheduling system to ensure fair and optimal use of equipment
  • Troubleshooting: Address and resolve minor technical issues promptly to minimize downtime
  • Quality Control: Perform daily checks to ensure machines are functioning correctly and producing high-quality data
  • Maintenance Coordination: Communicate with vendors to arrange for preventative maintenance and necessary repairs
  • Data Analysis Support: Assist researchers with data analysis and panel design to enhance the accuracy and reliability of experimental results
  • Sample Preparation: Prepare and acquire samples for flow cytometry analysis, ensuring proper handling and processing
  • Collaboration: Work closely with researchers, faculty, and students to support their projects and manage equipment-related requests effectively
  • Other duties as required from time to time

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • BSc in a science- or health-related field (preferably in Immunology) with related laboratory facility experience
  • An MSc is preferred
  • A minimum of 2-years of progressive work experience related to flow cytometry operation and data analysis is required
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills for effective engagement with stakeholders, including staff, faculty, and students at the Institute, UofC, and AHS
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work with individuals and groups from across the Institute, and handle conflicting deadlines with flexibility and composure
  • Maintains the highest level of discretion, integrity, and trust in all dealings
  • Ability to work under the supervision of senior lab manager and the PI
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent professionalism, diplomacy, and a high degree of confidentiality
  • Strong project management skills. Ability to think conceptually and directionally
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • A successful and dedicated team player, able to make significant contributions towards the collective efforts and success of the Institute
  • Understanding of University of Calgary and/or Alberta Health Services research, finance, and human resource policies/procedures is an asset. Experience using PeopleSoft and eFIN is an asset

Application Deadline:  July 31, 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.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 1.

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