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Research Lab Technician, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

Job ID: 20804

Updated: June 30, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering in Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for a Research Lab Technician . This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Department at Schulich delivers one of the highest caliber engineering programs in the world. The department is home to 47 faculty members, approximately 400 graduate students and 550 undergraduates.

The Research Lab Technician reports to the Operations Manager, and works closely with the Department Head/Research Committee as well as Principle Investigators (PIs), within Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. The incumbent will exercise wide latitude in determining objectives and approaches to critical assignments. Strong time management skills and excellent customer service are required in order to perform effectively in environments with frequent workload changes and competing demands.

This is a fixed term full-time position (35 hours/week) for five years with normal work hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This position is part of the AUPE Bargaining Unit.

Position Description

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

  • Manages shared laboratory assets including the scheduling of equipment for use by suitably trained persons.
  • In consultation with Principal Investigators (PI), contributes to the design, fabrication and building of equipment for research projects. Writes procedures for new equipment and new processes.
  • Advises researchers on the appropriate instrument or testing conditions for research samples, and on the interpretation of characterization and analysis data.
  • Oversees and contributes to the preparation and maintenance of equipment for laboratory work, including set-up, calibration and servicing, in coordination with external repair or replacement vendors.
  • Manages a budget for maintenance and repair of equipment. For unforeseen repairs or replacements that exceed the budget, prepares and submits proposals for consideration.
  • Advises researchers on the appropriate instrument or testing conditions for research samples, and on the interpretation of characterization and analysis data.
  • Carries out laboratory analysis, using appropriate instruments and operating conditions, samples should be prepared and applied to the instrument using the appropriate standard operating procedures.
  • Demonstrates and trains others on experimental techniques and the operation of specialized laboratory equipment to ensure the equipment is operated in a safe and sustainable fashion.
  • Ensures smooth, continuous operation of the laboratory including supervision of graduate students.
  • Maintains and organizes laboratory supplies and is responsible for the proper storage of materials and the appropriate disposal of waste.
  • Initiates proposals and contributes to collaborative decisions with researchers regarding the purchase of new capital equipment. 
  • Manages billing for fee-for-service work.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A diploma or bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a research laboratory environment.
  • Must possess an excellent working knowledge of laboratory testing and analysis techniques using most or all of the following methods: 
    • Inductively Coupled Plasma -Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES)
    • Dynamic Light Scattering (zetasizer)
    • Laser Diffraction Particle size analysis
    • Scanning Electron Microscopy (benchtop)
    • Energy dispersive xray (coupled with benchtop SEM)
    • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
    • Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA)
    • Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot, debug and repair chemical analysis instruments.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, frequently reporting/updating others on information including any issues that may arise.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal relations skills, sound judgment and ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and priorities effectively.
  • The incumbent must be self-motivated after initial supervision, willing to learn new experimental skills, and to work individually and collaboratively with a variety of individuals on more than one project simultaneously.

Application Deadline:  July 14, 2020

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 . For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.


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