Research Associate
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
A Research Associate position is available for a highly motivated individual in a human immunology lab. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills and the ability to work under minimal supervision. This position requires a strong knowledge and understanding of molecular biology methodologies. Experience working with human blood samples is also an asset.

Duties:
Designs and conducts complex scientific research under the direction of the Pl and the Scientist
Plans research activities and sets research design for activity objective in consultation with the Pl
Troubleshoots experimental protocols; in consultation with the Pl, develops and documents research methods and protocols
Determining the most appropriate methodology for experiments in carrying out identified research goals; responsible for the development and then testing of experimental techniques in consultation with PI's and troubleshoot lab procedures and make the necessary changes as needed; changes the protocol/procedure of the experiment as needed with consultation. Day-to day experimental decisions can be made independently; conduct experimentation in an organized way
Creating standardized operating procedures for sample collection and storage
Compiling, analyzing data using appropriate software (e.g. FloJo for flow cytometry) and statistical software (e.g. SPSS and Microsoft excel)
Analyzes and interprets data relating to the research
Participating in the writing of research papers, the preparation of presentations and publications
Presenting research results in laboratory meetings, seminars, scientific conferences and/or related settings
May assist in the preparation of research grant applications

Participates in the oversight of the laboratory including:
Preparing and maintaining laboratory samples and reagents
Updating and maintaining patient biobanks
Creating anonymous numbers assigned to each and sample
Aliquoting samples and appropriately freezing or processing
Maintaining inventory of laboratory supplies, including record keeping and purchasing
Responsible for laboratory purchasing decisions
Maintaining laboratory equipment (basic maintenance of equipment and contacting vendors for repairs)
Performing general laboratory maintenance, including equipment repair and upkeep
Disposing of laboratory waste according to Standard Operating Procedures
Maintaining laboratory records and logs
Ensuring lab is clean and tidy
Participating in the training of students on laboratory techniques and safe equipment operation
Guiding and coaching students and/or post-doctoral fellows; may co-supervise students

Qualifications:
PhD degree in science
Knowledge of specific methodologies (e.g. flow cytometry) and computer software programs
Experience working with human blood and tissue samples
Strong Knowledge of SDS-PAGE, RT-PCR, ELISA, proteomics, and immunoblotting
Strong Knowledge of DNA, RNA and protein purification
Phlebotomy certification is an asset
Flow cytometry experience would be an asset
Experience working with Rheumatology patients would be an asset
Knowledge of University regulations with regards to the use of biohazardous chemicals and the use of human blood
In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this full time (FTE 1.0) position has a term length of one year, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $58,210 - $80,050. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.