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Research Technician, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Cumming School of Medicine

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Job ID: 13816

Updated: October 11, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Technician. This Full-time Fixed Short Term position is for approximately 6 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Research Technician will report to the Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

This position is comprised of technical and analytical research related to many aspects within the lab, such DNA and RNA extraction, mRNA synthesis, fluorescent microscopy, genotyping transgenic mouse, small mouse surgery, and basic histology techniques.

Must be capable of balancing escalating workloads and stress that occurs around grant writing times.  The ability to prioritize and focus on a large volume of work on a constant basis is essential.  The work is provided with general instruction and the employee must make choices about how the work will be completed within set deadlines.  Other working conditions may involve occasional weekend work treatment of mouse.  Working conditions are not dangerous but may involve exposure to various hazardous materials substances.

 

 

Position Description

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

  • Responsible for accurate, organized and reproducible data acquisition
  • Successfully implement a funded research proposal
  • Provide assistance with the development and implementation of animal care and project protocols
  • Maintenance of the confocal microscope in the laboratory
  • Use the imaging method to study bacteria infection in the adipose tissue using small animal surgeries for intravital imaging
  • Other responsibilities may include immuno-staining, in situ hybridization, isolation of nucleic acids (DNA, RNA), broad molecular biology techniques, as well as organizing and reporting of experimental data
  • Assist with the design and implementation of research methods, including standard operating procedures and data collection protocols in consultation with the PI
  • Work as a team member with PIs, technical staff, and other trainees
  • Conduct and design research projects independently and assist as appropriate with supervision of junior trainees
  • Keep a daily laboratory notebook of all activities
  • Prepare weekly written summaries, tables, and graphics of research results for project reports, posters and scientific presentations, and for manuscripts for publication
  • Assist with statistical analyses
  • Assist in writing background reviews and preliminary results as part of writing grant applications
  • Present research results at seminars and research events to various interested groups on campus
     

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Master's degree in molecular biology, microbiology and immunology related field is required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and Internet skills
  • Experience in molecular biology, immunohistochemistry is required
  • Ability to manage time and projects well
  • Skills and experience in:
    • Animal husbandry
    • Intravital microscopy
    • Mouse surgery for live imaging
    • Biostatistics
    • Technical knowledge of fluorescent dye/protein labeling cell system
       

Application Deadline:  September 19, 2017

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.

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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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