Laboratory Technician
Competition 775

Department Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medical Microbiology and Immunology Dept
Salary range $40,193.27 to $53,485.30 per year
Hours per week 35
Grade 5
Posted date
Closing date September 15, 2024
Position Type Full Time - Trust Funded


This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Location - This role is in-person at North Campus Edmonton.

Working at the University of Alberta

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The University of Alberta is a community of knowledge seekers, change makers and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 14,000 faculty and staff, over 40,000 students and 260,000 alumni worldwide.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross-section of people — from our students and community members, to our renowned researchers and innovators, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger and more just. Learn more.

Working for Striving for Pandemic Preparedness - The Alberta Research Consortium

Striving for Pandemic Preparedness - The Alberta Research Consortium (SPP-ARC) is a research initiative at the University of Alberta. The mission of SPP-ARC is to discover, develop, and assess vaccines and small molecule therapeutics for better protection against emerging pathogens. The vision of SPP-ARC is to provide effective medical countermeasures as a first line of defense in outbreak situations with viruses of high epidemic potential.


Supporting SPP-ARC research activities, this position involves research in a virology and immunology laboratory setting. The candidate will perform a wide range of technical duties and provide support for ongoing research projects. The experiments are a mix of animal in vivo and in vitro molecular assays. Specifically for animal experiments, the candidate will be ordering and maintaining animals, records and conducting animal experiments either independently or alongside other researchers. In addition to animal experiments, the candidate will conduct a number of in vitro molecular experiments such as molecular cloning, virus production, immune assays and alike. Independent decision making and collaboration with lab trainees, animal care staff, the principal investigator and veterinarians will be needed.


Animal Experiments

  • Standard mice husbandry, which may include receiving animals
  • Makes independent decisions regarding the health and care of animal colonies based on advice from animal care staff, veterinarians and principal investigator
  • Conducts animal experiments independently or assists other lab members following discussion and instruction by lab members and principal investigator
  • Conducts a variety of experimental procedures on animals including, but not limited to, injections, euthanasia, tissue sampling and processing
  • Assists in the training of new students with animal experiments

Assistance in Research Experiments

  • Prepares standard solutions for the laboratory
  • Orders needed laboratory consumables, handles biohazard waste and cleaning of laboratory glassware and other instruments
  • Works independently or assists other lab members with experiments (including, but not limited to, molecular cloning, virus production, immune assays, flow cytometry, virus titering and qPCR)

Maintaining Records

  • Maintains current records of experiments
  • Assists in maintaining and completing animal protocols and associated paperwork
  • Ensures compliance with EHS under the supervision of the principal investigator

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 years experience in small animal model-based and cellular and molecular biology
  • Animal Handling certificate
  • Experience in a research environment
  • Experience with handling and care of small animals
  • Experience with troubleshooting laboratory protocols and equipment
  • Experience with the administration of policies and procedures
  • Experience with biohazard, radiation, WHMIS safety and policy
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office and other platforms

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize work effectively
  • Ability to network and build strong professional relationships
  • Ability to strategize and develop creative and efficient solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and pivot to rapidly changing demands
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment while managing competing priorities
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of creating equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong organization, accuracy, and attention to detail

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.


Note: This opportunity will be available until midnight September 15, 2024, Edmonton, Alberta local time.