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Research Technologist, Paediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 23141

Updated: June 10, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

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, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Paediatrics in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Technologist. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position will report to the Principal Investigator.  The Research Technologist will work in the ACHRI-supported bioanalytical core facility (located currently within the ACH Biochemical Genetics Lab) and provide biobanking support for the purposes of biomarker discovery from patient research samples.  

Work intensity is variable and may, on occasion, require extended hours. The laboratory environment contains potential exposure to typical risks from standard laboratory equipment and hazardous chemicals.

 

Position Description

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

  • Work with facility directors to maintain the existing biobank for clinical research samples that utilizes Freezerworks software with dedicated sample tracking, sample barcode scanning and freezer positional storage information
  • Ensures facility space, equipment and instrumentation is well maintained and operated at or above a standard that allows successful completion of experiments, and meets or exceeds all institutional requirements
  • Coordinates with other facility staff and trainees to ensure shared responsibilities are met so laboratory meets or exceeds good laboratory practice standards
  • Provides assistance to all facility staff involved in clinical research projects to ensure successful completion of experiments
  • Provide training, as required, for other facility staff and trainees
  • Works in coordination, and maintains a positive work environment with separate diagnostic lab staff sharing overlapping space
  • Be responsible for ordering supplies through the University Peoplesoft system

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree, with preference for a Master’s level degree, in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g., biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, etc.)
  • Experience with conducting immunoassays (e.g., ELISA, multiplex magnetic bead-based) an asset
  • Any experience with mass spectrometry
  • Able to work safely and proficiently handle and pipette human (and animal) biological specimens (i.e., plasma/serum, urine, cerebrospinal fluid) for analysis
  • Knowledge of vendor-specific instrument software (e.g., Bio-Rad Bio-Plex Manager™ and Bio-Plex Data Pro™ Software)
  • Proficient using standard computer software packages (e.g., Microsoft Office products)
  • Familiarity with biobanking software (e.g., Freezerworks) would be an asset
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the University of Calgary and AHS SCM system an asset
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills in tackling complex problems,
  • Flexible and adaptable to a changing work environment through a willingness to accept new challenges and assignments

Application Deadline:  June 23, 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 Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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 ucalgary.ca.

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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