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Position Overview

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Lab Technician. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator.  

The primary purpose of the research laboratory technician is to perform skilled and semi-skilled laboratory procedures required for molecular biology research.  These tasks are routine with moderate complexity and will include but not necessarily be limited to mammalian cell culture; western blot analysis; and PCR analysis.
The position will provide technical support for other team members through undertaking common laboratory tasks by carrying out experiments in a team setting and maintaining an organized laboratory environment.

Position Description

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

  • Conducting molecular biology analyses using western blotting and PCR analysis
  • Conducting in vivo mouse experiments including xenografting either independently or under the direction of the Principal Investigator and/or other lab members
  • Establishing and maintaining mammalian tissue cultures
  • Preparing media for mammalian cell culture
  • Making up basic laboratory stock solutions (e.g. TE, TBS, PBS, ethanol solutions, SDS-PAGE sample and running buffers, agarose gel loading dyes, paraformaldehyde, antibiotic stocks etc.)
  • Maintaining clear and well-documented reports of all research experiments
  • Keeping common areas and 'clean' areas (e.g. mammalian tissue culture hoods and incubators) tidy and clean.
  • Autoclaving glassware, solutions, laboratory reagents and items for tissue culture and molecular biology
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the PI
  • Under general supervision & direction of the PI, develop and implement original experiments within the guidelines of the research
  • Reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Science in biochemistry / molecular biology required with a Masters degree in Science preferred
  • Minimum 2 years experience working in a biochemistry and molecular biology wet laboratory, and/or wet lab experience in university-level courses.
  • 1 to 3 years of related technical experience within the research specialty field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in performing mammalian tissue culture procedures and molecular biology research procedures is required
  • Previous experience performing in vivo mouse work including xenografting experience would be an asset
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, written and organizational skills
  • Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Interact with other members of the team and undertake literature reviews
  • Provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)

Application Deadline:  July 18, 2019

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 Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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