Laboratory and research technician, Aquatic Ecology

University of Alberta Published: April 10, 2018
Salary range
$35,000 - $45,000 per annum
Hours per week
35
Start Date
2018/06/01
End Date
2019/05/31

Description

Research technician to assist with laboratory analyses of freshwater samples, general laboratory maintenance, and the analysis of water chemistry data. This is a 1-year position, with an anticipated start date of 01 June, 2018. The technician will be an integral part of various projects that examine how landscape change affects the functioning of freshwater ecosystems.

Duties and responsibilities

Duties will include:

  • General laboratory maintenance, including chemical inventories and general laboratory safety
  • Running samples for water quality analysis on various pieces of equipment, including spectroflorometers and flow cytometers
  • Compilation and analysis of long-term water chemistry datasets
  • Assistance with student projects, which could include providing support for field activities, assisting with running samples, or helping to establish protocols for sample analyses

Knowledge and skills

The ideal candidate will have an MSc degree or equivalent experience in a field related to freshwater ecology, aquatic chemistry, or biogeochemistry. Skills should include:

  • Familiarity with general laboratory procedures, such as the preparation standard solutions, pipetting, use of balances, ovens, and general laboratory safety
  • Familiarity with common pieces of equipment used for the chemical analysis of freshwater samples, including spectroflorometers
  • Familiarity with the analysis of water chemistry data, and use of software necessary for these analyses
  • Ability to work as part of a team, and balance competing priorities to complete tasks successfully
  • Strong attention to detail, and ability to perform quality control analyses to ensure robust results

 

Education required

The ideal candidate will have an MSc degree or equivalent experience.

Certification required

Previous laboratory certifications such as WHIMS would be an asset.

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