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The Department of Biology is the largest academic unit within the Faculty of Science. Throughout the academic year, the Department provides courses to over 10,500 students annually, has approximately 1400 majors and an average graduate enrollment of 165-185 students. The major foci within the department is namely scientific research, graduate, undergraduate and public education. The Department seeks to find a better working balance between the development and strengthening of its research enterprise and the maintenance of its strong undergraduate program seeking to enhance and strengthen its graduate program and make meaningful contributions to existing and future collaborative programs that fall within its sphere of influence and interest. The Department is housed in six main buildings (B&GS, WSC, Collip, NCB, AFAR, and Biotron).
The Research Assistant will support the research activities for qualitative and quantitative projects in adherence with ethics protocols and guidelines. The incumbent will handle the day-to-day research duties required for the operation of the stable isotope preparation laboratory, and will be a liaison between the research team and study participants at Western and in Mexico. The incumbent will assist in the dissemination of research results in Spanish and English arising from these projects, and perform qualitative and quantitative data collection, entry and processing. The Research Assistant may also assist with the preparation of any required documents, coordinate travel, and organize meetings for the research team.
This position is expected to be filled internally by reappointment.
- Undergraduate degree in Biology
Skills, Abilities & Expertise:
- 1 year of experience with wildlife-related research and conservation in Mexico and 1 year experience with preparation of biological tissues for isotope analysis
- Fluent in both written and oral Spanish and English
- Ability to effectively liason with researchers and regulatory/permitting agencies in Mexico and Canada
- Ability to routinely prepare tissue samples for isotope analysis and perform precise weighing tasks using a microbalance
- Detail-oriented with an ability to function and process information with high levels of accuracy
- Ability to employ a systematic and efficient approach to work
- Personable and courteous in working relationships with colleagues, students and the public
- Ability to collect and analyze data in an objective manner
- Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
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