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
The ideal candidate will have an MSc degree or equivalent experience.
Previous laboratory certifications such as WHIMS would be an asset.