Research Asst/Tech 5

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (8 months ago)

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The Research Technician will be responsible for maintaining laboratory equipment and instruments in an academic research laboratory. Duties will consist of performing routine maintenance, assisting in non-routine maintenance, and ensuring instruments and equipment are functional by regularly performing assessments. Maintains equipment SOP's and essential quality control records.
Organizational Status
Prof. Jason Hein leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the Chemistry Department at the University of British Columbia. His research laboratory relies on a wide variety of instruments operating nominally. The successful candidate will join a team of other highly qualified personnel, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students.
Work Performed

The position will require the candidate to:
  • Perform maintenance, repair, and quality control on HPLC systems
  • Assist in method development for HPLC applications
  • Perform quality control validation on HPLC systems and maintain quality control records
  • Perform maintenance on glove boxes
  • Ensure computer systems in the lab are functional and backed up
  • Perform maintenance of other laboratory equipment (ReactIR, EasyMax Reactors, Gilson 215 liquid handler, Bruker Insight NMR probe)
  • Maintains parts inventory
  • Liaises with manufacturer and/or Chemistry shop personnel regarding repairs and/or modifications for new applications
Supervision Received
The candidate will work under the general supervision of Prof. Jason Hein. Weekly meetings held, with guidance as needed for significant issues.
Supervision Given
This position will not supervise others; however, will/may provide orientation for equipment SOP's (i.e. set up parameters)
Consequence of Error/Judgement
The work performed is expected to be of professional quality and completed in a timely manner. Consequences of error include delays in time-critical research projects and financial costs due to time wasted.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Some position may require a graduate degree. Degree in Chemistry (MSc. minimum preferred). B.Sc. will be considered only with substantial practical experience. Minimum 5 years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous experience with HPLC-MS operation and maintenance.
  • Previous experience with glovebox and setup, maintenance and upkeep
  • Experience using and maintaining MBraun glove boxes and SPS systems.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong computer literacy.
  • Strong independent problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Aptitude for learning new methodologies and collaborating with other team members to achieve results.

  • Experience with computer backup software such as Veeam.
  • Previous experience with IR instrument use and maintenance.
  • Previous experience in the maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Previous experience with analytical techniques and knowledge of QC practices.
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.