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Research Technician, Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 19041

Updated: August 13, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Clinical Neurosciences 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 primary purpose of the position provides skilled basic technical procedures to operate and maintain moderately complex technical equipment.

The work conducted is specialized and will demand a set of basic skills.

The employee will be expected to work 35 hours a week and work will be conducted during normal business hours.

Position Description

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

  • Prepares tissues, performs lab functions such as preparing specific chemicals etc., conducting technical and demanding experiments
  • Responsible for analysing the data and compiling figures
  • Writes scientific manuscripts, publishes and presents pertinent research accomplishments or findings in internal and external journals or publications which are reviewed locally, nationally and/or internationally, and at international meetings
  • Ensures safe working environment
  • Performs detailed design, documentation and implementation of complex technological systems
  • Performs manual activities
  • Trains new lab personnel in electrophysiological techniques
  • Assists with plans and designs for specialized applications to meet the needs of operations, research and services
  • Monitors and maintains stock or supplies of lab chemicals
  • Enhances and expands teaching and research opportunities through the development of specialized procedures, equipment, etc.
  • Reviews work of other individuals
  • Responsible for the overall success of the research in a specialized area, specifically analytical techniques
  • Responsible for management, maintenance, or control of a specialized area
  • Applies specialized skills and knowledge in the maintenance and development of core systems and complex programs and projects
  • Conducts and oversees technical procedures
  • Performs complex functions successfully as a fully functioning technical practitioner (patch clamp electrophysiology)
  • Trains and supervises new lab personnel in electrophysiology techniques, monitors, plans and organizes tasks
  • Analyzes complex data sets and assist investigator in writing manuscripts
  • Ability to follow experimental protocols as outlined by the Principal Investigator
  • Carries out data analysis as requested
  • Provides feedback to the principal investigator concerning experiments
  • Accurate and honest record keeping and data reporting
  • Responsible for ensuring lab (and personnel working there) is organized and meets university safety regulations and standards
  • Ensures that principal investigator is kept informed of activities and progress of work
  • Pleasantly and respectfully interact with co-workers, supervisor, members of the university community, animal care staff and suppliers

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in Electrophysiology
  • 1-2 years of related research experience
  • Requires strong organizational and time management skill, accuracy, strong attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to multi-task and deal with multiple simultaneous priorities in an effective, efficient manner
  • Requires discretionary decision making which impacts programs, services, lab and/or department operations
  • Equivalent combinations of skills and experience
  • Elementary knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures and techniques
  • Fully proficient in patch clamp electrophysiology experiments to be conducted independently
  • Experience leading a research initiative or project
  • Ability to perform moderate physical / manual activities
  • Understanding of safety codes and standards related to specialization
  • In-depth knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures and techniques
  • Demonstrate communication, organization, problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Require high level of effective time and project management, supervisory skill, personal initiative and teamwork
  • Small animal surgical skills, computer literacy (word, excel, statistical programs etc), histology, PeopleSoft

Application Deadline:  August 27, 2019

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 I.

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. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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