McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
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Research Laboratory Technician (IV)

Unit/Project Description:
An experienced Research Laboratory Technician is required to support the research activities of an academic hematologist.

Job Summary:
The Research Laboratory Technician (IV) is responsible for providing specialized research support to faculty members in their research and teaching laboratory activities. Requires a sound working knowledge of the technology and comprehension of the theory of a specialized field or science is applied and adapted to new research situations. Performs a full range of laboratory technician assignments and uses considerable judgement in making decisions requiring the interpretation and application of guidelines. Provides direction to others in how to carry out work tasks.

Purpose and Key Functions:
Design, adapt, and perform specialized in-vitro and in-vivo procedures.
Organize and conduct specialized research experiments.
Modify and adapt test procedures and equipment to meet specialized requirements.
Use statistical software to conduct moderate and complex statistical analyses and calculations.
Write sections of scientific papers, funding proposals, and abstracts.
Perform various in-vitro and in-vivo procedures that are moderately complex and specialized.
Provide recommendations for procedure modifications and development of the research protocol methodologies.
Adapt and modify established methods, assays, techniques, and equipment for various laboratory and test procedures.
Liaise with other laboratories, external departments, and agencies to coordinate resources and schedules to meet research objectives.
Develop presentations and present information at meetings, seminars, and conferences.
Recognize and investigate apparent reasons for obvious deviations in results obtained.
Write a variety of documents such as technical and procedural sections for research reports and standard operating procedures.
Observe details and maintain accurate records of experiments and results.
Log samples and related pertinent information.
Gather and compile experimental results and assist in the preparation of data for reports and publications.
Exchange technical and scientific information with others.
Provide updates at research group meetings.
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.
Ensure adequate supplies are available for experiments.
Schedule laboratory equipment for use.
Demonstrate and train others on experimental techniques and the operation of laboratory equipment.
Prepare chemical reagents and biomedical media according to formulae and assume responsibility for accuracy in the preparation and standardization of solutions.
Pipette a variety of reagents and media.
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 and write literature review summaries.

Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study.

Requires 3 years of relevant experience. Supervision:
Provide direction to others in how to carry out work tasks.
Provide orientation and show procedures to others.

  • The candidate will support the investigation of the biochemical foundations of coagulation and in the development and characterization of new anticoagulants.
  • The successful candidate will have considerable laboratory experience.
  • The candidate must have extensive knowledge and training in protein purification, modification, characterization, involving techniques such as derivatization, chromatography and enzyme kinetics.
  • The candidate must have experience in spectroscopy, including fluorescence, and familiarity with surface plasmon resonance is an asset.
  • Experience in molecular biology, including DNA purification, PCR, transfection, and tissue culture would be beneficial.
  • This position involves integrating into a collaborative environment, where critical thinking, strong writing skills and mentoring are essential.
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Full/Part Time