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Geochemical Research Technician

Department: Earth Science Effective Date:
Grade: USG 7 Reports to:

General Accountability

This position reports to the Faculty member responsible for the Organic Geochemistry Laboratory (currently J.F.Barker).

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Specific Accountabilities

Independently responsible for developing, evaluating and performing all procedures for geochemical analysis within the Organic Geochemistry Lab, as required for the implementation of research projects, with limited advice form faculty members.  This involves utilizing research, technical and scientific publications to develop new or innovative analytical procedures (usually custom designed for the specific needs of the project).

Responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining quality control, quality assurance programs for all procedures performed by the Organic Geochemistry Lab.

Independently provide analytical services, consultations and senior technical support for faculty, staff and graduate students.

Required to calibrate, install, trouble-shoot, assemble, design, test, and/or modify analytical equipment used in environmental and organic chemistry.  If necessary, to prepare reports, including appropriate computations, statistics, and data interpretation.

Provide high-level technical advice to faculty on the purchase and design of analytical apparatus.  This involves providing up-to-date quotes and written requests for funds for the purchase of analytical equipment.

Supervise, train, and allocate work to junior technicians, undergraduate students, and high school (co-op) students in their performance of analytical procedures.  Also,  responsible for hiring casual (Ontario Work Study) employees.

Responsible for the analytical and safety aspects of the day-to-day operation of the Organic Geochemistry Laboratory.  This involves maintaining University safety standards within the laboratory environment.

The incumbent has signing authority for the laboratory and research accounts.  Total income for the laboratory is $200,000 per year.

Must have successfully completed 4 years of post-secondary education in chemistry and have a minimum of 5 years laboratory and GC experience (incumbent has 20+ years experience).

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