Term: 7 Months
The Research Assistant II will work in the lab of Dr. Mark Servos in the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo. They will perform extraction and analysis on wastewater treatment plant effluent for COVID-19. This includes maintaining sample collection, preparing samples, extracting samples, maintaining QA/QC and analysis with qPCR. The assistant will be coordinating sample pickup, sample extraction, qPCR and completing data analysis and reporting.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Operates, maintains and troubleshoots problems with standard research equipment
Responsible for maintaining inventory of general research materials and supplies
Participate in conducting experiments or research work by performing specific assigned tasks, such as data/specimen/sample collection, identification and fieldwork
Organize and maintain documentation, experimental records and data; including electronic files and backups
Assists in analyzing and interpreting experiment results or research data by performing tasks such as assembly, compilation and summary of statistical and other data
Participates in the development of research related documents, including ethics applications, journal publications and dissemination of research findings
May distribute work assignments to employees or students, and provide general onboarding for policies and procedures, and operation of equipment
Assists with special projects and other duties related to the research
Completion of post-secondary degree or equivalent education and experience
Degree in the field of study related to the research being conducted is preferred
Minimum one year demonstrated experience in a research academic environment is preferred
Demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality
Knowledge of University of Waterloo policies and procedures is an asset
Intermediate computer skills and knowledge of software applications used in an office/lab setting, including word and excel
Proven high-quality customer service interactions with faculty, staff and students
Proven aptitude for attention to detail
Demonstrated decision-making skills, including the ability to ask probing questions and anticipate customer needs
Excellent communication skills, oral and written
Hours of work may vary depending on research needs
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