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Research Assistant, Biological Science, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 24098

Updated: October 18, 2021

Location: Main Campus

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Position Overview

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

The Research Assistant reports to and receives direction from the Principal Investigator (PI). This position exists to perform, analyze and validate laboratory experiments for the PI, to support lab members in performing laboratory experiments in the areas of host-parasite interactions of man and animals, and to organize and maintain animal protocols for the experiments.

Work is performed in a Bio-safety level 2 conditions.

The main project of the Research Assistant involves the coordination of animal work performed between the lab and collaborating PI's using a variety of nematode parasites, as well as the development and maintenance of these parasite lifecycles. They will perform experimental tests and help analyze/interpret results. The Research Assistant will communicate results with group members, members of collaborating groups at campus and extramural. They will assist graduate/undergraduate students, new research scientists and visiting scientists in specific techniques and bioinformatics analyses. They will also participate in the design of new/ modified research methods and participate in paper, review, research report and grant proposal writing, if needed.

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Position Description

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

  • Carries out research activities in the areas of parasitic nematode lifecycle development and maintenance and animal experiments outlined by the Principal Investigator (P.I.).
  • Will be involved in research projects of other lab members, when time is available and as agreed upon with the P.I.
  • Assists P.I. in manuscript, research proposal and research report preparation.
  • Provides technical assistance to other laboratory personnel as needed.
  • Works within established University research guidelines and research specific protocols.
  • Presents specialized, technical information, or research results to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintains confidentiality, adheres to safety regulations, and is flexible in providing assistance in other areas as required.
  • Familiar with the University of Calgary, statement on Principles of Conduct and conducts themselves according to these principles in all situations when representing the Faculty of Science or while acting on behalf of the University.



  • Bachelor degree in biology, cell biology, microbiology or health sciences
  • Demonstrated experience in molecular and cell biology as well as in vivo experiments
  • Ability to work with hazardous chemicals and infectious agents
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to facilitate interaction with a variety of facilities users (fluency in English is necessary)


  • Masters or PhD degree
  • Experimental background in parasite culture
  • Experience working with DNA and RNA
  • Possession of IAUTP, WHMIS and bio-safety level 1 & 2 training
  • An understanding of the Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines
  • A working knowledge of IRISS

Application Deadline:  October 19, 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.

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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 ( 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.


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