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Research Associate - Ling Group, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 21997

Updated: January 21, 2021

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Research Associate - Ling Group. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Faculty of Science has been catalyzing change and inspiring discovery, creativity, and innovation for over 50 years. Our strategic direction integrates current and emerging strengths with areas targeted for future growth and investment. Our strategic priorities, goals, and values guide our mission to advance research, scholarship, and innovation, create authentic learning experiences, and inspire careers of the future. We fuel transformational change, and build a strong community through teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and collaborative partnerships. We do this work to generate curiosity-drive discovery and contribute solutions to society's grand challenges. For more information, visit

We thrive in the dynamic context of the University of Calgary, one of Canada's most youthful and innovative universities. We are a bold and ambitious research university, grounded in innovative learning and teaching, fully engaged in Calgary's entrepreneurial spirit.

The Research Associate will report to Dr. Chang-Chun Ling, Principal Investigator. The incumbent will work in a research chemistry lab environment, with specialized lab equipment and facilities. Stress levels within this role are moderate. The work in this position requires possible exposure to hazardous materials.

Position Description

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


  • Assist Research Supervisor in the design, synthesis and purification of novel molecular targets
  • Obtain full characterizations of synthesized compounds using modern spectroscopic techniques
  • Collect and interpret analytical data of all synthesized compounds
  • Troubleshoot and identify ways to improve chemical reaction conditions
  • Provide support in carrying out lab experiments, data analysis and data interpretation as needed
  • Interact with other members of the team and provide technical support and offer advice on technical lab issues as needed

Reporting and Publications

  • Maintain lab notebook by tracking results and findings in accurate and timely manner
  • Write research reports with detailed experimental procedures
  • Support Research Supervisor by performing literature review, writing reports that meet publication standards, and ensuring awareness of progress world-wide
  • Conduct regular oral and Power Point presentations on results obtained and write project reports as required by Supervisor

Safety and Environment

  • Ensure the safe and reliable operation, and proper use of all laboratory equipment
  • Ensure that supervisor is kept informed of activities, findings, and progress of work
  • Manage own time effectively to complete project-related tasks in safe manner
  • Perform other duties, as assigned by Research Supervisor

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Previous working experience with multistep synthesis is required
  • M.Sc. in synthetic organic chemistry or equivalent is required. Ph.D. with a relevant experience is an asset
  • A minimum of 3 years of previous experience working in a Chemistry Laboratory is required
  • Must be able to work independently and in team setting, as well as on more than one task at a time
  • Demonstrated excellent records in book-keeping and troubleshooting of chemical experiments is required
  • Experience in literature searching, including libraries, web sites and other media
  • Must be flexible and perform well under tight deadlines
  • Must be creative and bring new ideas to project.
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Full working knowledge of safety regulations and possess current certification in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)
  • Strong communication skills (written, oral and listening)
  • Experience in using the suite of Microsoft Office programs (or equivalent)
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to exercise tact, patience, and discretion

Application Deadline: January 28, 2021

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 Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit .

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High , committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

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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