Bioassay Technician, Physiology & Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine

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Bioassay Technician, Physiology & Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 28866 Updated: Today Location: Foothills Campus

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Position Overview The Department of Physiology & Pharmacology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Bioassay Technician . This Fixed Term Full-time position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension. The position of Bioassay Technician for the Alberta Centre for Toxicology (ACFT) reports to the Bioassay Section Head (manager), with accountabilities also from the Associate Director and the Director. Workload varies by research projects and number of service samples received. Bioassay technicians are responsible for basic daily/weekly/monthly routine instrumentation maintenance, method/instrument trouble shooting, and instrument supplies (the more difficult maintenance and repair is performed by more senior staff or the vendor’s service rep. Staff may also work with instrument technical support to solve problems). The lab strives for continuous improvement and changes to policies, procedures, equipment, staff, projects and priorities do occur regularly. Work requires possible exposure to dangerous materials and/or situations and is conducted in an area with constant background noise from instruments. The biological samples used by this position places the laboratory in the Biohazard Level 2 which requires University of Calgary hazard training. The Technician will perform the routine maintenance of various types of cell culture, including primary cells, immortalized normal cells and cancer cells. They will perform microscopy to evaluate the physiological status of the cultured cells. The Technician will perform cytotoxicity or proliferation assay using a real-time cell analyzer (RTCA) system to measure impedance-based signals in both cellular and cell invasion/migration (CIM) assays. The samples include reference compounds and field collections. Position Description Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to): May be responsible for performing analysis as required for the Cytotoxic Profiling project / Cyanobacteria monitoring project/ method validation study/mixture study/endocrine disrupting chemicals study, May be responsible for recommending, implementing and validating new procedures or making improvements to existing procedures and maintaining established programs and procedures Perform the routine maintenance of various types of cell culture, including primary cells, immortalized normal cells and cancer cells Perform microscopy to evaluate the physiological status of the cultured cells Perform cytotoxicity or proliferation assay using a real-time cell analyzer (RTCA) system to measure impedance-based signals in both cellular and cell invasion/migration (CIM) assays Occasionally perform protein phosphatase inhibition assay for cyanotoxins in ground and surface water Perform testing and ensure that the analysis meets quality control expectations standards and SOP Order and maintain stock supplies of chemicals, reagents and for instruments Prepare internal quality controls and calibrators for verification before use Perform routine maintenance on instruments. Bioassay technicians need a working knowledge of instrument software and biostatistics software for sample analysis, trouble shooting, and diagnostics With staff shortages staff may be asked to fill in for others and be trained to perform duties not normally part of their routine job assignments Develope special methods for compounds of interest Data tabulation of old results, researching online for a topic of interest for laboratory growth Properly record of daily laboratory activities and use of internal chain of custody, Quality control charts, maintenance logs, verification logs, and preparation logs are required Qualifications / Requirements: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology or related field 1 year experience in Cell Biology (university program may be considered as part or all of the 1 year experience required) Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Certificate (WHMIS) Biohazard Level 2 Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, biostatistics programs and microscopic imaging programs Ability to multi-task and deal with multiple simultaneous priorities in an efficient and effective manner Requires strong organizational and time management skills, accuracy, and strong attention to detail Previous experience/exposure with the RTCA technology will be an asset Application Deadline: June 9, 2023 We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted. Additional Information This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I . To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website . For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine . The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. About the University of Calgary The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university - a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit . The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do. As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( [email  protected] ) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ( [email  protected] ).We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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