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Molecular/Environmental Toxicology Technician

Department: Biology Effective Date: May, 2012


37.5 hr/wk

Reports to: Administrative Officer

General Accountability

The incumbent reports to the Administrative Officer in the Department of Biology and to the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies.  The incumbent provides technical support to faculty and instructors by preparing for and assisting in undergraduate laboratory activities for molecular and plant biology and environmental toxicology courses.  The incumbent is responsible for marks management for an assigned group of Biology courses and supervises the general operation and use of the autoclave in preparation room. 

Nature and Scope

In the Department of Biology, there are 13 departmental technicians that are responsible for providing support to our faculty and instructors for the delivery of our undergraduate labs. Biology is responsible for the course delivery to well over 6500 undergraduate students per term.


Significant internal and external relationships for this position include:


Statistical Data

The Department of Biology has 40 faculty members, 3 instructors, 12 undergraduate officers, 4 CRC Chairs, 27 postdoctoral fellows/research associates, The Department offers programs in Honours Biology, Honours Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Sciences. There are a total of 17 technical support staff and 7 administrative support staff.  The Department teaches courses to approximately 6500 undergraduate students each term and graduate enrolment is approximately 160 students.  The departmental operating budget is approximately six million dollars and total research income exceeds six million dollars.  The department has a TA budget of approximately eight hundred and fifty thousand dollars and hires approximately 100-150 TA’s per term.

Specific Accountabilities







Working Conditions

Due to the nature of the position, the incumbent will work with chemicals and equipment that can produce foul smelling fumes.