Laboratory Instrumentation Specialist
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Edmonton, AB
Detailed Job Description
NOTE: This is a one - year temporary position with a possibility of extension.

The Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability is looking to hire a passionate individual to begin working on a full-time basis starting in November 2019. The position is located on NAIT main campus. The primary responsibilities of this position will be to provide routine maintenance to the many analytical instruments at the Center of Oil Sands Sustainability.

The Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability is located in NAIT’s new, state-of-the art research laboratory in the Productivity and Innovation Centre. COSS is staffed by an expert team of applied scientists, engineers and technicians. We bridge the gap between existing oil sands environmental research and real-world solutions, taking innovative ideas from concept to commercialization. We work with business and industry to develop technologies that improve the economic and environmental performance of the oil sands industry.

Responsibilities include:
Responsible for the day to day maintenance of lab instruments important to research operations (SVM, XRD,TGA, XRF, FTIR, TOC/TIC, IC, ICP-OES).
Responsible for developing methods and safe work practices for all of the above equipment, and training staff on equipment operation.
Run samples as required and as time permits on the above equipment.
Assists COSS researchers with maintenance and operations for other lab equipment (Karl Fischer Titrators, SVM, Brookfield Rheometers, pH meters, analytical balances, etc.)
Responsible for basic maintenance of complex lab instruments (HPLC-QTOF, MALDI-TOF and AFM-Ramen).
Assists in grant development and equipment purchases by providing information on equipment required (costs, specs, etc.).
Ordering equipment/instruments as required, scheduling training, usage and maintenance, arranging delivery and installation.
Maintain QA/QC protocols for all equipment
Ensure that daily/weekly/monthly checks on equipment are completed and issues documented.
Ensures proper documentation and regulation (i.e. radiation safety) is in place for existing and new equipment.
Responsible for maintaining usage records of instruments.

Skills & Abilities:
Critical thinking and excellent communication skills
Knowledge on spectroscopic techniques (FTIR, UV-Vis, etc.) is required
Knowledge or experience in X-ray Diffraction is an asset
Comfort with sample preparation, routine maintenance and QA/QC procedures for some analytical instruments

Qualifications:
Minimum of 5 years experience with analytical lab equipment including maintenance and repair.
Chemistry or equivalent degree an asset.
First Aid, TDG, and WHMIS an asset.

Remuneration: $2,080.66 - $2,746.33 bi-weekly with a comprehensive benefit plan.

These positions are covered by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) Collective Agreement.

(Classification – Research Assistant II)

Please submit your resume and cover letter as one document in your application. Thank you for your application however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from World Education Services or the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - http://work.alberta.ca/immigration/international-qualifications-assessment-service.html