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Microbiology/Cell Physiology Technologist

Department: Biology Effective Date: October 1, 2012


37.5 hr/wk

Reports to: Administrative Officer

General Accountability

The incumbent reports to the Administrative Officer in the Department of Biology for administrative issues and to the Associate Chair/Undergraduate for technical issues.  The incumbent is responsible for ensuring the smooth and successful execution of pertinent laboratory exercises of several upper year undergraduate courses (BIOL 345, 348L 473) as well as an introductory Cell Biology course (BIOL 130L) taught to over a thousand first year students.  

Nature and Scope

In the Department of Biology there are 13 departmental technicians that are responsible for providing support to our faculty, instructors and occasionally a sessional appointment, for the delivery and execution of our undergraduate labs. As the largest department within the Faculty of Science, 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 42 faculty members (including 4 CRC Chairs), 3 instructors, 12 undergraduate officers and 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 133 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. Biology faculty bring in approximately $4.1M of research funding per year.

Specific Accountabilities

1.Course Work:

Primary role is to service the laboratory component through:

Additional responsibilities include:


2.  Administrative duties:


3. Teaching and service responsibilities:


Working Conditions