Research Associate (Water Quality)

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Author pmnationtalk
Date May 16, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $60,000 to $75,000 - Annual
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Research / Development
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Research Associate (Water Quality)

Posting ID : 10496
Apply By : 5/28/2019
Position Title : Research Associate (Water Quality)
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Research Associate: Water Quality.

The Research Associate will be part of a highly productive team of university researchers focused on water quality in the Northwest Territories involving investigations of the impact of environmental changes and resource development. In addition, the incumbent will operate and maintain equipment, provide guidance and oversight of student activities and provide assistance with data analysis and interpretation.

The position is based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The incumbent will assist in the co-ordination of and will participate directly in field-level assessments at various Northern locations. The incumbent may participate in laboratory analyses where appropriate. This position will be required to travel and participate in field work that is expected to occur a few times per year. This may include several weeks of time in remote locations each travel period.

The regular hours of work for this position are Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm. Irregular hours of work are expected for any necessary travel for field work or meetings at northern locations and the hours of work per day will be dictated by the field work. It is expected that this irregular schedule would occur for a few consecutive days possibly 3-4 times per year.

Accountabilities : Fieldwork and Technical Support:
  • Provide logistical and technical support for GWF researchers conducting water quality studies in the NWT;
  • Maintains, operates, or installs field instrumentation and conducts field work for sample collection;
  • Trains and supervises undergraduate and graduate students, and partnership members as required, in field collection techniques in summer and winter conditions;
  • Works in field conditions with collaborating partners, including community members and partnering institutions;
  • Liaises with other academic, government and Indigenous community members as appropriate and under the guidance of the principal investigators;
  • Maintains high degree of consideration for self and team safety in extreme field environments;
  • May organize and conduct laboratory analyses in consultation with the Principal Investigators and partners, if appropriate. 

Data Analysis:

  • Assists in data analysis and interpretation;
  • Organizes, structures, and summarizes collected data, in the form of spreadsheets, databases, and reports using appropriate software;
  • Works closely with other data managers in the Global Water Futures project to ensure data access, appropriate platforms for data management, etc.
  • Efficient use of Excel and Word and uses statistical and related software as appropriate.

Research and Administrative Support:

  • Helps in shaping and designing project goals and long term objectives and actions;
  • Work collaboratively with community members and partner organizations to ensure project goals are met;
  • Assistsin preparing annual reports, presentations, manuscripts for peer review, proposals and budgets relating to project;
  • Attend and present research at conferences, as required.
  • Collaborates with other technicians, principal investigators, etc., on various aspects of Global Water Futures as well as with other intersecting laboratories at Laurier and partner organizations;

Qualifications :

  • MSc or PhD in environmental sciences with a focus on aquatic geochemistry, preferably with extensive research related to water quality characterization;
  • At least two (2) years’ experience working in a northern or comparable research environment with knowledge of water science/chemistry;
  • Work/educational experience and understanding of multi-disciplinary projects in water science;
  • Strong leadership skills and independence;
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment withprincipal investigators, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other scientists, partner organizations and community members;
  • Ability to positively interact and work with members of communities and partner organizations, and experience working with community and/or partner organizations;
  • Excellent analytical and computer skills;
  • Experience and confidence in field-based work with preference for remote locations and/or northern environments;
  • Experience and confidence in relevant lab based techniques and analysis;
  • Interest in and ability to work and live in remote areas in the north for periods of time (weeks);
  • Demonstrated experience in significant data management an asset;
  • Experience in writing lab reports and research papers, and making presentations;
  • Previous publications a definite asset;
  • A valid G driver’s license is required and willingness to travel and work in northern locations;
  • Willingness and ability to operate snowmobiles and/or small boats in field environments.
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, limited term position from June 2019 to June 2022.
Salary Range: $60,000 to $75,000 plus Northern cost of living allowance.
Please Note : 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 Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Employment Equity and Accessibility at 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

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