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Posting ID : 3196
Apply By : 7/23/2013
Position Title : Research Instrumentation Technician
Department : Dean of Science Office
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Dean of Science
Position Summary : The Research Instrumentation Technician is responsible for the effective operation and maintenance of an increasing number of sophisticated research instruments used in the physical and life sciences, most acquired through faculty CFI grants. The Technician is responsible for establishing health and safety protocols related to the operation of this equipment in research labs, and for developing and delivering training to all research lab users in the safe and effective operation of research instrumentation.
Accountabilities : • Provides care, maintenance, and troubleshooting services for numerous research instruments, including but not limited to HPLCs (high performance liquid chromatographers), spectrofluorimeters, GC/MS (gas chromatographers/mass spectrometers), laser fluorimeters, LC/MS spectrophotometers, atomic absorption spectrometers, capillary electrophoresis, gel scanners, microfluorimeters, autoclaves, incubator shakers, centrifuges, PCR, atomic absorption spectrometers, liquid scintillation counters, CD spectrophotometers, and other related instrumentation;
• Trains researchers, their associates, and graduate and 4th year undergraduate research students and summer research students in the safe and effective use of research instrumentation;
• Develops protocols for equipment use as required;
• Develops safety training programs for instrumentation for the Dean’s approval and in co-operation with the Manager of Occupational Health & Safety as appropriate; ensures that training is provided prior to equipment use;
• Conducts regular documented safety audits of science research labs with a particular focus on instrumentation for report to the Dean and to the Science Health & Safety Committee;
• May serve on committees at the Dean’s request to represent technical interests of the science research community and/or to maintain and advance safety standards in science research labs with respect to instrumentation;
• Provides appropriate service care to instrumentation in the event of a power outage; such service may include monitoring functions while on emergency power; powering equipment down and restarting as necessary.
• Assists with research grant development as it relates to instrumentation by consulting with suppliers and collecting quotes.
Qualifications : • MSc in the life sciences or physical sciences, with expertise in analytical instrumentation;
• Minimum one (1) year experience in life science or physical science research labs; detailed familiarity with research protocols in these disciplines;
• Experience in the operation and maintenance of a wide range of research instruments; ability to troubleshoot and to exchange technical information with service personnel;
• Proven commitment to learning new methods and developing knowledge of instrumentation as research activity advances;
• Ability to develop and deliver safety training programs for equipment in the life sciences and physical sciences;
• Well-developed communication skills, including the ability to explain complex operations to personnel with varying levels of expertise and experience;
• Proven ability to write clear, concise instructions and guidelines;
• Exceptional attention to detail; proven skill in records management.
Grade : WLUSA-09
Salary : $33.30 - $39.16
Please Note :

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.


Please submit a cover letter and resume.



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