Research Lab Technician, Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine

The University of Calgary - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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Position Overview

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Lab Technician. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Staff Scientist with accountabilities to the Principal Investigator.

The successful candidate will join a translational research laboratory that uses established cell lines, brain tumour stem cells, tumour tissues, animal models, sequencing and bioinformatics approaches to understand the origins of brain cancer and to develop new therapies. Our group is highly collaborative and works with local, national, and international scientists and clinicians.

The main purpose of this position is to perform general laboratory functions, execute experiments under the supervision of the staff scientist, and as needed, assist graduate students and other trainees.

Working conditions may also require exposure to various hazardous materials and substances.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Performing tissue culture work
Microscopy and imaging
Executing basic experiments under guidance of staff scientist
Executing immunohistochemistry
Basic animal husbandry (mouse)
Performing RNA/DNA/Protein isolation and analyzing samples
Assisting graduate and summer students with experiments
Providing assistance in the collection and preparation of samples for analysis
Maintaining/updating animal protocol and ethics
Maintaining and ordering laboratory supplies
Maintaining biosafety permits and safety manuals
P-card reconciliation
Provide basic training and lab orientation to new lab members
Oversee laboratory safety
Maintain Hazzard assessment control forms and MSDS binder
Maintaining Chematix
Data and image entry and processing into Microsoft Office and Adobe software
General laboratory maintenance
Ensuring that laboratory supplies and equipment are maintained
Ensuring laboratory and work areas are clean and safe

Qualifications / Requirements:
Bachelor of Science degree required; Masters of Science preferred
A combination of education and experience will also be considered
Minimum 2 years experience desired but not mandatory
Experience working in a biomedical research laboratory desired
Ability to work with minimal supervision
Strong organizational and time management skills
Intermediate to advance skills in Microsoft Office Suite
Open to learning, accepting new challenges, and developing new skills
Training will be provided in specialized techniques
General molecular biology techniques including cloning, PCR and RT-PCR
Working knowledge of standard software program

Application Deadline: February 27, 2020

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

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