Research Associate

University of Alberta

Researcher / analyst

Will remain open until filled.

A Research Associate position is available for a highly motivated individual in a human immunology lab. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills and the ability to work under minimal supervision. This position requires a strong knowledge and understanding of molecular biology methodologies. Experience working with human blood samples is also an asset.


  • Plans research activities and sets research design for activity objective in consultation with the Pl
  • Troubleshoots experimental protocols; in consultation with the Pl, develops and documents research methods and protocols
  • Determining the most appropriate methodology for experiments in carrying out identified research goals; responsible for the development and then testing of experimental techniques in consultation with PI's and troubleshoot lab procedures and make the necessary changes as needed; changes the protocol/procedure of the experiment as needed with consultation. Day-to­ day experimental decisions can be made independently; conduct experimentation in an organized way
  • Creating standardized operating procedures for sample collection and storage
  • Compiling, analyzing data using appropriate software (e.g. FloJo for flow cytometry) and statistical software (e.g. SPSS and Microsoft excel)
  • Analyzes and interprets data relating to the research
  • Participating in the writing of research papers, the preparation of presentations and publications
  • Presenting research results in laboratory meetings, seminars, scientific conferences and/or related settings
  • May assist in the preparation of research grant applications
  • Participates in the oversight of the laboratory including:
    • Preparing and maintaining laboratory samples and reagents
    • Updating and maintaining patient biobanks
    • Creating anonymous numbers assigned to each and sample
    • Aliquoting samples and appropriately freezing or processing
    • Maintaining inventory of laboratory supplies, including record keeping and purchasing 
    • Responsible for laboratory purchasing decisions
    • Maintaining laboratory equipment (basic maintenance of equipment and contacting vendors for repairs)
    • Performing general laboratory maintenance, including equipment repair and upkeep 
    • Disposing of laboratory waste according to Standard Operating Procedures
    • Maintaining laboratory records and logs
    • Ensuring lab is clean and tidy
  • Participating in the training of students on laboratory techniques and safe equipment operation
  • Guiding and coaching students and/or post-doctoral fellows; may co-supervise students


  • Experience working with human blood and tissue samples
  • Strong Knowledge of SDS-PAGE, RT-PCR, ELISA, proteomics, and  immunoblotting
  • Strong Knowledge of DNA, RNA and protein purification
  • Phlebotomy certification is an asset
  • Flow cytometry experience would be an asset
  • Experience working with Rheumatology patients would be an asset
  • Knowledge of University regulations with regards to the use of biohazardous chemicals and the use of human blood

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this full time (FTE 1.0) position has a term length of one year, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $58,210 - $80,050. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

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.

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Researcher / analyst


Edmonton , Canada