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Research Technician, Department of Production Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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Job ID: 12367

Updated: April 13, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Production Animal Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a Research Technician. This Fixed Short Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 3 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The primary purpose of the Research Technician is to assist with culturing bacteria (including containment-level-2 pathogens), cloning genes, expressing and characterizing antigens, handling of mice, collecting and summarizing data, and daily operation of a lab. In addition, the technician should have the ability to effectively communicate with research team members of the PI within and external to U of C and AAFC.

This position is located in Lethbridge at the agriculture and agrifood Canada centre.

Position Description

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

  • Operating and maintaining equipment in a microbiology lab at AAFC, LRC
  • Working within established University research guidelines as well as research specific protocols
  • Identifying problems and recommending solutions to the PI
  • Interacting with staff members and students in a pleasant helpful manner
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Adhering to safety regulations and is flexible in providing assistance in other areas as required
  • Clerical work responsibilities including placing purchase requisitions and receiving items and keep the purchase records up to date
  • Basic functions common to a microbiology laboratory including ensuring availability of required consumables, proper handling of equipment and chemicals by adhering to U of C policies
  • Work involves physical activity such as lifting equipment, handling of small animals (mainly mice) and travel

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • MSc. degree in biological science
  • Demonstrated 1 - 3 years of experience in characterization of proteins, including PCR amplification of genes, cloning and expressing genes, and purification and characterization of proteins
  • Experience in protein production is mandatory for this position
  • Ability to function as a productive team member as well as independently as required
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English in order to communicate effectively with the PI and his team members and collaborators
  • Knowledge of Microsoft operating systems and software functions and maintenance in order to update Windows and run anti-virus and anti-spyware programs
  • Well organized in order to keep accurate and detailed records as well as have strong attention to detail and work within established University research guidelines and protocols in order to mitigate risk within the lab environment. When problems or potential problems are identified, the technician will inform the PI
  • Certification of WHMIS

Application Deadline:  March 24, 2017

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 UCVM visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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