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Research Associate, Physiology & Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 23846

Updated: October 13, 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 Physiology & Pharmacology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. 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 Associate's primary purpose is to be responsible for the technical operation, maintenance and ongoing development of the organoid cell culture platform in the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases. This will include managing the platform and working on a variety of research projects requiring mouse or human primary epithelial cells, as well as ensuring that as technologies change, the platform adapts to, learns and implements the new technologies. 

Some occasional evening or weekend work will be required.

Position Description

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

  • Responsible for management, maintenance, or control of organoid cell cultures to be used in various research projects
  • Oversees the day-to-day activities of facility staff
  • Develops plans, innovations and designs for specialized applications to meet the needs of operations, research, and services related to projects requiring the use of organoids in 3D or 2D culture
  • Budget involvement including developing a cost-recovery fee structure for the platform, producing financial reports, tracking expenses, and reconciliation of accounts
  • Makes presentations at local, national and international workshops, conferences and symposia
  • Initiates and maintains contacts with potential collaborators within the university community, within other universities and industry partners
  • Recommends and implements changes to methods, procedures, and practices within the organoid platform
  • Responsible for arranging repairs and maintenance of equipment, ensuring safety compliance
  • Conducts literature reviews, surveys, data analysis and interpretation, laboratory experiments and other research for use in scholarly publications
  • Oversees reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment for various users, including stocking of all necessary materials and supplies
  • Trains and supervises other staff, students, and faculty in the operation of equipment and laboratory protocols
  • Keeps laboratory and work area clean and safe; ensures compliance with safety regulations

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • PhD in the biological or life sciences
  • Minimum 3 years post-doctoral research experience
  • Minimum 5 years of biomedical laboratory experience involving mouse models and mammalian cell culture techniques is essential
  • Minimum 2 years experience with preparation of organoid cultures derived from mouse and human tissue
  • Knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures and techniques related to cell culture
  • Experience in developing standard operating procedures related to organoid platform development and operations
  • Experience with patient-oriented or clinical research, including preparation of human ethics protocols and knowledge of regulations pertaining to human studies
  • Experience with managing research finances and accounts
  • Willingness to work with mice and with human tissue samples
  • Demonstrated experience in writing manuscripts, reports and grant applications
  • Ability to provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Understanding of safety codes and standards related to specialization
  • Ability to operate and maintain technical equipment related to cell culture
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, organization, problem solving, and interpersonal skills

Application Deadline:  October 21, 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 III.

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.

COVIDSafe Campus Strategy

Currently, the COVIDSafe Campus Strategy requires that all university employees complete an online attestation of their vaccination status. New hires must be compliant with the COVIDSafe Campus Strategy prior to commencing in their new position. All employees must upload their proof of vaccination status through the Thrive Health Portal (https://www.ucalgary.ca/risk/emergency-management/covid-19-response/covidsafe-campus) to be released from rapid testing.

Please note that effective January 1, 2022, the University of Calgary will be requiring that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates who are offered a position will be required to upload proof of vaccination prior to their start date through the Thrive Health Portal.  Alternatively, if you are unable to be vaccinated based on a protected ground you may submit a request for accommodation through Staff Wellness along with any supporting documentation.

 

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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