Research Asst/Tech 3

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Technicians & Research Assists

Job Category:
Non Union Research/Technical

Classification Title:
Research Asst/Tech 3

Business Title:
Research Asst/Tech 3

Faculty of Medicine

Physical Therapy

Salary Range:
$23.09 (minimum) - $25.19 (midpoint) - $27.28 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

Desired Start Date:

Job End Date:

Funding Type:
Grant Funded

Closing Date:

Available Openings:

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The CLSA PhMLA will assist in the collection of data from study participants through the collection and processing of blood and urine samples at the CLSA. He/she will contribute to achievement of overall project goals by successfully collecting blood and urine samples, and by assisting the CLSA DCS Manager (the Manager) with administrative tasks, including those related to quality assurance of sample collection, laboratory management systems, laboratory equipment maintenance and calibration.

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a national study of aging and health, both at population and individual levels. The CLSA has recruited 51,000 individuals across Canada to participate over 20 years, approximately 1500 of whom are interviewed and assessed through a data collection site (DCS) at UBC in Vancouver. Information is collected from participants once every 3 years through in-person interviews, as well as physical assessments and biological sample collections at the UBC DCS.

Organizational Status

The CLSA PhMLA reports directly to the CLSA Data Collection Site Manager (the Manager) and works collaboratively with other study personnel on data collection. The Manager reports directly to the UBC CLSA Site Principal Investigator, Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, and the CLSA National Coordinating Centre at McMaster University.

Work Performed

  • Collecting urine and blood samples from study participants at the DCS;
  • Prepares the arm for venipuncture, initiates and completes the blood collection process, and obtains specimens in accordance with regulatory requirements and CLSA standard operating procedures (SOPs), including monitoring for adverse reactions to phlebotomy, and summons assistance from the CLSA Manager, staff and institutional support teams as required and according to regulatory guidelines, institutional and study (CLSA) specific SOPs.
  • Management and tracking of sample collection and processing, including sample labeling, pre-analytical processing and preparation of samples for frozen storage onsite, and weekly shipping of frozen samples to the CLSA's central bio-repository at McMaster University;
  • Conducting routine laboratory tests and sample analyses at the DCS, as required;
  • Set up, testing, operation and maintenance of DCS medical laboratory equipment, including daily, weekly, monthly and annual calibrations and other quality control procedures;
  • Cleaning and maintaining DCS medical laboratory space and equipment;
  • Recording inventories of consumable supplies once per month;
  • Monitors and ensures the implementation of unit safety rules and procedures;
  • Carries out any other duties as required in keeping with qualifications and requirements of positions in this classification, including refreshment of training as required to maintain performance standards, and as study protocols or technologies change;
  • Efficacy evaluation of the processes listed above.
Decision Making/Accountability:
Works within clearly defined guidelines and procedures, but exercises judgment in establishing priorities, trouble-shooting problems, and carrying tasks through to completion; new or unusual problems are referred to the Manager, a senior CLSA PhMLA on the local team, or the CLSA National Biorepository Coordinator at McMaster University.

Supervision Received

Works under the supervision of the Manager in carrying out all phases of duties and responsibilities; receives instructions from the Manager or a senior CLSA PhMLA during orientation and on subsequent new assignments or changes in procedures, with a goal to achieving functional independence for all tasks and responsibilities; may also receive supervision and/or instruction from other study employees at higher classification levels than themselves and as deemed appropriate by the Manager.

Supervision Given

As deemed appropriate by the Manager, and depending on experience, may participate in:
  • Training of new and lower level laboratory staff in the use of equipment, techniques and procedures;
  • Overseeing the work of incumbents in lower level positions within CLSA laboratory operations.
Consequence of Error/Judgement

  • Inappropriate judgement would compromise the quality of research studies and related data acquisition and the reporting of research outcomes.
  • Inappropriate judgement also could compromise the safety and well being of the participants.
  • Inappropriate judgement would compromise research success and affect the credibility of the Principal Investigator.

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Graduate of BC or Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences approved program. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 2-5 years' experience in clinical laboratory setting using a variety of instruments and methods. Superior phlebotomy proficiency, including the ability to put study participants at ease;. WHMIS, TDG (air and ground), laboratory and biosafety training required (will be upgraded through UBC if necessary). Must be well organized, detail-oriented and able to adhere to detailed SOPs and keep concise records of all laboratory reagents, maintenance and calibration tasks. English fluency. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends. Proficiency working with computers running Microsoft operating systems and software applications. Must be reliable, independent and professional. Experience using LabWare Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), or other similar LIMS software platform, strongly preferred.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.