Kelowna - UBC Okanagan
BCGEU OK Research/Technical
Research Assist./Tech. III
Research Assist./Tech. III - Eskiciolgu
UBCO-Provost & VPresident Acad
UBCO-Faculty of AppliedScience
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The successful candidate will be a key member of the UBC Bioreactor Technology Group (BTG) Laboratory who will help and support our busy research group. UBC's BTG explores innovative bioreactors for waste minimization and resource recovery (bioenergy, nutrients) from waste (http://bioreactortechgroup.ok.ubc.ca/).
Key duties of this position include the support, maintenance, and development of analytical techniques using instruments ranging from gas chromatographs (GCs), ultra-performance liquid chromatograph - tandem mass spectrometer (UHPLC-MS/MS), spectrophotomers, etc. Other duties include training of new researchers, research and procurement of lab equipment, supplies and consumables, upkeep of equipment maintenance and training records, and ensuring the overall safe and smooth operation of the lab.
The research assistant will report directly to Dr. Cigdem Eskicioglu (Associate Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan). He/she will also interact with and assist various undergraduate and/or graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and technicians from the UBC School of Engineering. He/she may also interact with various municipal and industrial partners, researchers from other research groups or institutions.
- Support research being conducted in the laboratory.
- Assist in the development and/or improvement of analytical techniques.
- Perform and document safety inspections and regular maintenance of laboratory equipment.
- Prepare, update, and maintain safety documentation, chemical inventory, researcher training records, etc. as needed.
- Assist students, researchers and partners from other research groups, universities, municipalities, and industry in utilizing our infrastructure and processing samples as required.
- Work with equipment vendors and technicians to troubleshoot equipment problems and assist in the installation of new equipment.
- Develop and maintain relationships with equipment and chemical vendors and assist with purchasing as required.
- Assist in the preparation of funding proposal documents, proof-reading of publications.
- Assist with knowledge transfer between incoming and outgoing students.
- Technical report preparation for project partners.
- Other duties as required.
The Research Assistant will be directly supervised by Dr. Cigdem Eskicioglu and/or by her designate(s).
The Research Assistant will not be directly supervising others; however, he/she may provide guidance and/or training to both undergraduate and graduate researchers. This may be on proper laboratory procedures, safe use and care of instruments, chemical handling, etc. as required.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
The work of the Research Assistant will be monitored by Dr. Cigdem Eskicioglu or designate. Errors or incorrect decisions could potentially result in delays in completing research projects, damage to analytical equipment, or compromise the quality of the research.
- Completion of a relevant technical program or a university degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- University or Master's degree in Environmental Sciences, Biochemistry or Analytical Chemistry is preferred.
- Micro-pollutant detection related laboratory experience with UHPLC-MS/MS would be an asset.
- Experience using, maintaining and/or developing methods for GCs and/or GC-MS.
- Laboratory experience with analyzing water and wastewater samples
- UBC WHMIS Basic Chemical Safety training
- Standard First Aid . - Ability to multi-task and to work both independently and within a team environment
- Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal and organization skills.
- Accuracy and attention to details required.
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.