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Analytical and Bioanalytical Services Technician

Date: July 29, 2015
Reports to (Job Title): Chair of Chemistry
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Chemistry

Location:

E2

Grade:

USG 7
37.5 hours per week


Primary Purpose

The Analytical and Bioanalytical Services Technician is experienced in HPLC and has a sound understanding of GC and LC.  He or she is responsible for the set-up and preparation of all HPLCs prior to the lab periods and the introduction of the experiment and overseeing students; provides instrument maintenance and training for undergraduate analytical laboratories, including LC, LC/MS and GC/MS.  The primary purpose of this role is to service the sophisticated instrumentation suite utilized by undergraduate students in chemistry and biochemistry and other honours science programs, and to train and assist those students in their lab courses.  It is anticipated that the addition of this role will enhance undergraduate education in our lab courses through improved access by students to state-of-the-art instrumentation such as they are likely to encounter in their coop work term or later employment.

Key Accountabilities:

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  • He or she is responsible for the set-up and preparation of all HPLCs prior to the lab periods and the introduction of the experiment and overseeing students; provides instrument maintenance and training for undergraduate analytical laboratories, including LC, LC/MS and GC/MS.
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  • He or she also provides training of new research students in use of these same techniques, as well as instructing them in the routine instrument maintenance necessary to ensure their safe and reliable operation.
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  • He or she provides training in chromatographic procedures for protein purification and in maintenance of chromatographic instrumentation.
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  • He or she provides services and training in microbiological procedures, including maintenance an expansion of culture collection of antibiotic-resistance bacteria; performance of antimicrobial assays; training of researchers in BSL2 procedures for antibacterial assays.
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  • He or she needs to run samples for the MS facility and availability through the evenings for undergraduate labs in two of the three terms.

Position Requirements

Education:

MSc or equivalent required.

Experience:

Ten years experience in an academic or industrial setting utilizing the instrumentation described above, including HPLC, LC, and/or GC.

Technical:

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familiar familiar familiar Familiarity with the operation of HPLC, LC and/or GC equipment required.  Experience with mass spectrometric techniques, or with LC/GC instrument setup, troubleshooting and maintenance desired.

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Ability to instruct students and provide training in a clear and concise manner.  Must be able to work cooperatively with undergraduate lab instructors

Level of Responsibility:

Responsible for instruments under her supervision valued at $300K.  Must ensure a safe lab experience for all students.

Decision-Making Authority:

Expected to make decisions regarding best use and maintenance needs of instrumentation suite.  Must be able to assess technical skills of student operators and establish their access appropriately

Physical and Sensory Demands:

 Necessary to have fine technical skills regarding column maintenance and gas and solvent handling.  Must be able to handle hand tools and perform delicate technical adjustments.

Working Environment:

Lab based environment with groups of 25 students present at any one time.