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Laboratory Technician: Biology (Cell/Molecular/Micro Biology)

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Author pmnationtalk
Date February 13, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Admin / Office
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Posting ID : 8762
Apply By : 2/19/2018
Position Title : Laboratory Technician: Biology (Cell/Molecular/Micro Biology)
Department : Faculty of Science
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Chair: Biology Department/ Senior Administrative Officer
Position Summary : At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.

As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as an Laboratory Technician: Biology (Cell/Molecular/Micro Biology)

This position reports to the Chair of Biology and works in collaboration with the laboratory coordinators and course instructors for the Department of Biology.

The incumbent is responsible for the setup of equipment and materials for all teaching laboratories fulfilling the parameters and learning objectives of undergraduate biology courses. This responsibility involves interpreting and understanding the teaching goals of the course instructors or coordinators, providing recommendations of appropriate protocols and materials. The position requires a high level of laboratory competence to work independently and maintain a safe working environment. Purchasing, care, maintenance and repair of all equipment and materials used in the design of each lab is a key responsibility of this position. Given the breadth of the lab curriculum, the incumbent requires a diverse understanding of organisms, biological processes and techniques.

Accountabilities :

Laboratory Execution:

 

  • Collaborates with course instructors and coordinators to design and implement labs to fulfill teaching objectives;
  • Schedules daily/weekly tasks to ensure that labs are prepared for student use;
  • Provides support to Teaching Assistants and undergraduate students as they actively participate in lab experiments;
  • Works with (bio)hazardous equipment, chemicals, materials, organisms, and procedures ensuring that all participants are able to conduct work in a safe environment;
  • Educates students, coordinators and course instructors on equipment/chemicals used during the lab;
  • Tears down completed labs, including maintenance/repair of equipment, and (bio)hazardous waste disposal;
  • Acts as a resource for student’s questions outside of lab hours.

 

Procurement Equipment and Materials

  • Purchases supplies and materials for weekly labs;
  • Participates in the field collection of required materials;
  • Investigates and makes recommendations on purchases of new equipment;
  • Receives departmental deliveries and distributes materials to respective labs.

 

Lab Management

  • Provides guidance to students with regard to lab procedures and outcomes;
  • Cleans and maintains lab spaces including communicating with Physical Resources regarding necessary infrastructure repairs (plumbing, electrical, etc.);
  • Decontaminates and disposes of sharps and (bio)hazardous waste;
  • Maintains PPE, spill kits, showers/eye wash stations, and first aid kits;
  • Updates SDS, chemical inventory;
  • Maintains tools, equipment, and chemicals according to regulations;
  • Sources and maintains animals, bacteria, plants, resources as required for lab experiments;
  • Complies with university safety and regulatory protocols;
  • Develops and maintains Standard Operating Procedures for labs.

Qualifications :  Masters of Science in biological sciences

 

  • 1 year previous related job experience
  • 9 to 12 months on the job training
  • First aid and fire safety – preferred but will provide to successful candidate
  • Sound knowledge of (bio)hazardous materials, handling, storage and disposal
  • Ability to work within a team setting
  • Motivated to work independently
  • High degree of problem solving ability
  • Ability to work within deadlines
  • Sound knowledge of all programs available through Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of equipment control systems
  • Comfortable speaking and conveying detailed information to an audience.

Grade : WLUSA-09
Salary : $35.79 – $42.09
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, limited term position with an expected start date of March 19, 2018 until August 2, 2019.

This position is not eligible for equivalencies.
Please Note : This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at jbecker@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at diversity@wlu.ca. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or hr@wlu.ca.

 

 

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