Research Technician I - #8986345
Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week: 37.5
Salary Grade: Level N
With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.
The Robarts Research Institute within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University has made its mission to accelerate medical discovery. Through a powerful integration of basic and clinical research, we are driving major advances that impact on many of today's most devastating diseases.
The mission of Dr. Chandy and Leligdowicz’s research is to understand the molecular mechanisms of cardiopulmonary disease as well as acute life-threatening infection with the aim to translate these findings into novel biological markers for disease diagnosis, prognosis, and management with novel therapies.
The Research Technician will work under the direction of Principal Investigators, and in collaboration with the Research Associate and students, to prepare and conduct experiments and techniques involving human tissue samples in a biosafety level 1 and level 2 research laboratory, following set protocols and procedures. The Research Technician will contribute to providing training and oversight to students, assist with laboratory maintenance and organization and order supplies as required, while assisting with ensuring that the equipment and instrumentation is maintained and operational, and providing assistance with troubleshooting as required.
- 4 year University Bachelor's Degree in Basic Sciences or relevant discipline
- Background in Cell Biology and/or Molecular Biology is preferred
- 2 years’ experience working in a biosafety level 1 and 2 research intensive laboratory environment
- Experience performing various laboratory techniques involving human tissue samples (such as cell culture, microscopy, flow cytometry, PCR, ELISA)
- Research experience with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) is preferred
- Ability to work with contagious, biological, and/or hazardous substances is required
- Familiarity with methods for research design, implementation, and analysis
- Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and analyses
- Familiarity with techniques for updating, managing and extracting data from a research database
- Ability to use related equipment and instrumentation (such as PCR, flow cytometry, microscopy)
- Familiarity with preventative maintenance techniques and practices with excellent troubleshooting ability along with hands-on expertise in technical support
- Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve research goals
- Attention to detail and proofreading abilities with an excellent command of the English language
- Communication skills with an ability to complete detailed analytics and reports
- Ability to apply critical thinking to evaluate information and make appropriate decisions or recommendations
- Attention to detail with an ability to retrieve, analyze and synthesize sizable amounts of data, while ensuring that information is accurate and comprehensive
- Ability to follow formal processes and protocols with high attention to detail and with an ability to employ a systematic and efficient approach to work
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative, be organized, follow through on work assignments with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet tight deadlines and adapt to changing priorities
- Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) required; computer skills in software and applications used to produce and analyze research outcomes (such as REDcap) would be an asset
- Personable and courteous in working relationships with colleagues, students and the public
- Ability to identify key results from research and to summarize and draft reports on research findings
Western welcomes applications from all qualified individuals; however, it is the university's policy to give first consideration to all qualified UWOSA applicants.
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Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.