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Physiology Laboratory Technician

Department: Biology Effective Date: May 1, 2013


37.5 hr/wk

Reports to: Administrative Officer

General Accountability

This position reports directly to the Administrative Officer in the Department of Biology for administrative issues and to the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies for TEF funding and technical issues. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring the smooth and successful operation and technical support for the laboratory component of several upper level undergraduate courses (273L, 373L, 477L). This position is also accountable for the preparation and service of the core first year course, Introductory Cell Biology (130L), taught to over one thousand first year students.

Nature and Scope

In the Department of Biology there are 12 departmental technicians who are responsible for providing support to our faculty, instructors and sessionals and for the delivery and execution of the undergraduate labs. As the largest department within the Faculty of Science, Biology is responsible for the course delivery to over 6,500 undergraduate students per term.


Significant internal and external relationships for this position include:


Statistical Data

 The Department of Biology has 42 faculty members, 3 instructors, 2 Associate Chairs, 3 CRC Chairs and 27 postdoctoral fellows/research associates.. There are 17 technical support staff and 7 administrative support staff.  The Department offers programs in Honours Biology, Honours Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Sciences. The Department teaches courses to approximately 6,500 undergraduate students each term and graduate enrolment is approximately 120-140 students.  The departmental operating budget exceeds six million dollars and total research income exceeds five million dollars.  The department has a TA budget of approximately $850,000 and hires approximately 100-150 TAs per term.

Specific Accountabilities

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Primary role is to service the laboratory component through:

Additional responsibilities include:


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Working Conditions