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Research Technican

Date: November 19, 2015
Reports to (Job Title): Josh Neufeld
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Biology


Main Campus


20 hours per week

Primary Purpose

Responsible for managing a research laboratory.

Key Accountabilities:


Responsible for general organization of the lab, including but not limited to:

  • Ordering supplies and equipment
  • Facility management (i.e. maintaining equipment log books, cleaning schedules)
  • Managing visitor access to lab and equipment
  • Invoicing for lab services.


Responsible for coordinating laboratory research:

  • Research projects as directed by Principal Investigator
  • Illumina library preparation and sequencing
  • Sampling trips i.e. soil, aquatic, and wastewater sampling trips.


Responsible for training of undergraduate and graduate students, research associates, and visitors:

  • Safety training
  • Training on laboratory specific instruments
  • Training on laboratory specific protocols.


Responsible for overseeing and supporting research fellows and students as requested by Principal Investigator:

  • Technical support
  • Support in experimental planning.

Position Requirements


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in biology or similar disciplines.


Two or more years of experience in research laboratories with focus on microbiology, molecular biology, or microbial ecology.


Knowledge of and experience with molecular biology techniques.


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Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Good interpersonal skills for communication with junior and senior scientists. Strong supervisory skills.      

Level of Responsibility:

Responsible for own research as well as overseeing and supporting research of fellow lab members. Ability to independently manage research.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible and accountable for laboratory research.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Typical laboratory and research related demands.

Working Environment:

Work is performed in office or research laboratory. Sampling trips may be required depending on project type.