Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:30pm
Education Level Community College
Hourly Rate $22.26
Job Title Laboratory Technician II Pay Grid Unifor
Job Code UJD006 Pay Grade 6
Department, Unit or Project Description:
The mission of the School of Interdisciplinary Science is to be a national and international centre for interdisciplinary science education with a diverse culture that fosters exploration and discovery, emphasizes experiential, collaborative and student-centred learning, and sustains a rich network of community partnerships. We are committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the learning and teaching of science and to the exploration and application of effective methodologies to enhance student learning and help students reach their full potential. The School is the academic home to over 1900 students in three undergraduate academic programs including the Honours Integrated Science program, Honours Life Sciences programs and the Medical Radiation Sciences program. Each of these programs involves collaborative teaching by instructors from multiple Departments in order to offer a unique interdisciplinary learning experience for students.
Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, oversees the day-to-day operations of a facility, laboratory or multiple laboratories. Organizes, distributes and verifies the work of others and participates in their training. Coordinates the execution of projects and service.
- Oversee the day-to-day operations of a facility, laboratory or multiple laboratories. Coordinate the execution of experiments, projects and services.
- Establish priorities and ensure adherence to schedules.
- Provides technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques, and the analysis of results.
- Review, test, evaluate, and modify equipment and methodology.
- Recognize and investigate apparent reasons for obvious deviations in results obtained. Write a variety of documents such as standard operating procedures.
- Conduct initial lab set-up in accordance with lab schedules and requirements. Perform pilot experiments and prepare lab demonstration materials.
- Demonstrate and train others on experimental techniques and the operation of laboratory equipment. Modify and adapt labs, as directed.
- Conduct routine and moderately complex analyses of data.
- Perform trouble-shooting during the lab period to correct issues including, but not limited to, equipment failure and contamination.
- Update and maintain detailed records of lab preparations and procedures. Observe details and maintain accurate records of experiments and results.
- Calibrate and maintain scientific equipment and instruments in accordance with prescribed requirements. Perform minor equipment repairs and arrange for major repairs through supervisor or outside contractor. Exchange technical and scientific information with others.
- Responsible for keeping laboratory facilities, equipment, and area in clean, safe working order. Assemble and adjust tests and laboratory equipment for experiments and procedures.
- Operate, adjust, and maintain a variety of laboratory equipment and scientific instruments. Schedule laboratory equipment for use.
- Prepare a variety of chemicals, solutions, sterile media, staining reagents and other materials required for the lab. Pipette a variety of reagents and media.
- Update, maintain, and verify inventory control of chemicals, media, and supplies. Monitor supplies and order inventories.
- Responsible for the proper storage of materials and the appropriate disposal of waste.
- Adhere to standardized procedures and protocols when dispensing chemicals and base media. Input, maintain, and verify information in a variety of databases and spreadsheets.
- Conduct literature searches.
3 year Community College diploma in a relevant field of study.
Requires 2 years of relevant experience.
The incumbent will be able to demonstrate autonomy and independence while also being a contributing team player. The incumbent will be able to connect and liaise with very different groups such as students, faculty and other staff. The incumbent will have strong organizational and multi-tasking skills and the ability to prioritize.
Familiarity and/or experience with a research laboratory setting would be an asset.
How To Apply
To apply for this job, please submit your application online.
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McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.
The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.
The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
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