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Velocity Science Coordinator, Faculty of Science

Date: November 1, 2014
Reports to (Job Title): Associate Dean, Research (ADR)
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Main Campus


35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The incumbent is responsible for day-to-day operations of Faculty of Science’s student entrepreneurship space, Velocity Science. Under the supervision of the ADR, they assess the technical and laboratory requirements of Velocity Science teams and provide functional direction with respect to general laboratory operations.

The overall objective of the position is to support the Faculty of Science’s strategic research and entrepreneurship initiatives through Velocity Science. Enhancement of innovative and entrepreneurial research activity within the Faculty of Science will be facilitated by this position.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Provide administrative support to student entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Science, including but not limited to the Velocity Science laboratory.


2.  Ensure that Science’s student entrepreneurship lab (Velocity Science) is operating effectively in terms of routine adherence to university safety standards and best practices.


3.  Support Science students engaged in entrepreneurship by providing an assessment of the technical requirements of their project and providing guidance on how best to access the appropriate expertise and equipment.


4.  Support communications activity promoting Faculty of Science entrepreneurship and innovation.


5.  Support entrepreneurial and innovative activity of the Assoc. Dean – Research.

Position Requirements


Bachelor’s degree required (in Science or closely related discipline); advanced scientific degree preferred.


Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a lab-based research or technical support role.

Experience with project management and related communication among stakeholders and participants.

Experience with preparation of proposals for research funding an asset.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other

Microsoft Office Suite(word, Excel, PowerPoint)


Web-based systems

Proficient with Outlook Express, and SharePoint;

Working understanding of data entry on standardized forms and webpages.

Scientific Skills

Intermediate - technical skills (specific Science discipline);

Basic skills for methods, procedures and equipment (other Science disciplines);

Excellent problem solving skills.


Superior oral and written communication skills; ability to convey innovative scientific research to specific audiences (technical reviewers, investors and the general public).

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Associate Dean - Research and Director, Research Initiatives & Entrepreneurship

Staff in the Dean’s Office (Faculty Financial Officer; Communications Officer)

Science undergraduate and graduate students

Science faculty and staff

Students and staff in Velocity and other related units across campus

UW Safety Office staff

UW Office of Research staff

Level of Responsibility:

Decision-Making Authority:

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Working Environment:

Working Hours:  Regular working hours, some evening/weekend work required.


Risks  – physical and psychological:

Physical risks


Psychological risks