Research assistant / technician
The Intern will specifically work towards testing inert fluorinated gases as non-invasive contrast agents to determine the most cost-effective gas coupled with the highest-resolution image. Currently, the Albert lab is working with octafluorocyclobutane (OFCB), an inert fluorinated gas that has the potential to act as a non-invasive contrast agent that is less expensive than hyperpolarized gases. This gas has never been used as a contrast agent before, so the intern will have the opportunity to be one of the first individuals working on the project. The intern will conduct phantom and animal experiments to study OFCB in vitro and in vivo, respectively. The data that the intern collects from these studies will allow the Albert group to determine whether OFCB is an appropriate contrast agent that can be used for clinical trials and eventually clinical purposes.
The individual filling this position works closely with LU Professors and their time is devoted to the support and enabling of research. In addition to the above task, the Intern will assist the Professor with human and animal lung, brain, and biosensor MRI projects, and the comparison of different imaging methods. Further, the intern will help with coordination of the REB and Health Canada regulatory, and Animal Care Committee (ACC) documents for these studies. They will help manage required study documents (manual of operations, consent forms), maintain REB and ACC approval, and train clinical staff on data collection methods.
The ideal candidate is highly dedicated and organized, with the ability to multitask in a fast-paced, diverse, and growing environment. Exceptional organizational and communication skills, along with strong quantitative, analytic and reasoning skills are necessary. The successful candidate will have a BSc or MSc in physics, chemistry, biology, or engineering sciences. An individual is sought who can multi-task, take initiatives and who is interested in working in an interdisciplinary research environment. To be considered, candidates much by a university or college graduate who have graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university. The candidate must be a graduate of a post-secondary degree or diploma program. The position will be a first full-time employment in the candidate’s field of study. The position is a 1-year full-time contract with Lakehead University.