Research assistant / technician
This position has a term length of 6 months, with the possibility of renewal.
The laboratory technician is the primary support for graduate students and PDF requiring assistance with experimental work. The position will focus mainly on day-to-day operation of the laboratory. The procurement of materials and maintaining a clean and safe laboratory environment will also be major responsibilities. The technician may be required to work on special projects as defined by the supervisor and assist with research endeavors specifically, cell culture and molecular biology.
- Ensures communal work spaces are kept uncluttered
- Organizes the lab to accommodate ever-changing numbers and types of experiments; has good working knowledge of the contents of the lab to facilitate problem solving
- Orders supplies in a timely fashion to prevent bottlenecking of projects
- Files and organizes receipts and invoices for monthly reconciliation
- Operates instrumentation including: microplate reader, UV-Vis spectrometer and qPCR
- Cultures immortalized cell lines of different types and will be trained to perform isolation of cardiomyocytes
- Performs immunoassays: including Western blots, ELISAs and immunohistochemistry
- Assists lab members with techniques used in the lab
- Keeps and organizes data from experiments
- Maintains lab equipment and databases
- Assists with the maintenance of animal colonies
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Minimum of a High School Diploma; laboratory technology diploma preferred
- Experience in the following areas preferred: analytical experience (e.g. spectroscopy), cell culture, potential animal care/handling, cell biochemistry techniques
- Excellent communication, learning, time-management, organizational and management skills
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- Ability to potentially work with animals
- Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, Graphics, graphing, etc.
How to Apply
Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.
The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.