Lab Technician
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
Lab Technician (req5063)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: College of Kinesiology
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Term, up to 6 months with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent
Employment Group: CUPE 1975
Shift: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $26.81 - 36.14 per hour (Applied Scientific Services/Phase 5). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 10/9/2019
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1

Primary Purpose: To provide technical support for the day-to-day operations of the teaching and research laboratories in the College of Kinesiology at the Physical Activity Complex (PAC), Merlis Belsher Place (MBP), and the Williams Building.

Nature of Work: Reporting to Associate Dean Academic in the College of Kinesiology, this position provides technical support to faculty, staff and students. It requires meeting weekly deadlines during the academic year. The incumbent will be expected to have a presence in the labs; therefore, significant interaction with the students. There may be some heavy lifting and exposure to hazardous materials. The equipment to be maintained will include all types of equipment used in the labs within the college (blood analyzer, metabolic cart, lab ECG, body composition tools, treadmills; as examples). The position requires the ability to use software to build interfaces for data collection and data analysis. Duties related to the lab equipment and protocols will be identified by the Lab Coordinator and the technician will be expected to follow protocol and maintain the equipment as set out in the manuals.

Typical Duties/Accountabilities:
Responsible for the set up and take down of labs:
Equipment and room set up / take down (quizzes, articles, media cart, etc.)
Set up for evaluations and project data collection
Provide support students, instructors and teaching assistants during labs;
Provide technical skills instruction to graduate students (including skill instruction in TA meetings), teaching assistants, for outreach (high school groups, etc.), and in undergraduate labs.
Technical support to faculty, staff and students, including but not limited to support for Honours student research projects and upper-year undergraduate course projects.
Assist in the development and enforcement of lab protocol and develop training documents for lab equipment;
Clean, maintain, and calibrate academic lab and research equipment within the College of Kinesiology labs;
Maintain records of equipment, inventory, and contacts within the College of Kinesiology labs:
Install/update software on equipment and requisition the replacement of parts/supplies as required;
Assist with building interfaces for data collection and data analysis
Coordinate lab space and equipment usage, scheduling for data collection and analysis as well as the lab for HPC programs;
Test athletes and maintain HPC testing results, including Huskie Athletics databases
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology/Physical Education or related discipline would be a significant advantage; a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) designation, or qualifications to obtain CEP designation an asset; CPR and First Aid Certification is required; a basic understanding of electronics; an aptitude toward computer software. Completion of Grade 12 and a certificate of diploma from a recognized technical school may be considered in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology/Physical Education; a combination of experience and training may also be considered.

Experience: Experience with diagnosing, repairing and operating Kinesiology/Physical Education related equipment would be desirable; experience with safety procedures and protocols; basic understanding of electronics; related experience in preparation for undergraduate lab situations; positive attitude toward working with undergraduate students; some job specific training may be required.

Skills: Effective interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to work as a team player in a diverse working environment involving students, faculty and staff; possess an aptitude toward learning and engagement; should meet weekly deadlines and be viewed as a positive addition to a lab environment; demonstrated ability for inventory management.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.