Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week:
Technical Level 7
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Microbiology & Immunology is a vibrant Department of scholarly activity offering a stimulating and dynamic environment attractive to outstanding students and leading researchers. The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is a core department of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and places a special emphasis on biomedical research and teaching with a focus on human disease, infection, and immunity.
The Laboratory Supervisor (Research/Facility Coordinator) is responsible for ensuring the smooth technical operation and maintenance of the core space and shared equipment used to support research including health and safety, equipment, security and access, purchasing, facilities, emergency preparedness and special projects as required. The incumbent will provide effective and efficient management of the laboratories in all respects, and ensure that faculty members and students have the required information, guidance, documentation, and resources required. The Laboratory Supervisor will act as a point person for health and safety issues, conduct inspections to ensure safe laboratory practices are employed, and assist in the resolution of issues that arise in the laboratories and facilities. The incumbent will also oversee the operation of, and provide leadership to, the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory, develop budget projections, coordinate the maintenance of departmental core equipment, participate in the development of protocols, train staff, students and other users of the facilities and act as a key resource person in the acquisition of new equipment and with renovations.
- Masters of Science in Microbiology and Immunology, or related Biomedical Science field
- PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, or related Biomedical Science field is preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- 5 years’ working experience in a biomedical research lab environment, including scientific equipment operation, maintenance, and repair
- Experience managing staff and students in a laboratory
- Strong technical experience in equipment and maintenance is preferred
- Advanced experience with common laboratory practices, safe handling procedures for toxic substances and infectious agents is preferred
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of chemistry and in the general biology of organisms
- Familiarity with preventative maintenance techniques and practices
- Knowledge of general laboratory procedures
- Ability and willingness to employ a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and making decisions
- Ability to remain highly motivated, resilient, innovative, and collaborative when faced with challenges
- Intermediate computer software skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and with content management systems (such as Cascade) and with specialized online applications (purchasing software)
- Possess a reputation for resourcefulness with a strong sense of accountability and initiative
- Proven ability to take initiative and champion a project from conception through implementation and evaluation
- Knowledge of best practices for assessing, developing and implementing new business processes and procedures
- Ability to ensure resources are within allotments, and to make appropriate modifications when required
- Verbal communication skills to clearly express ideas in an objective manner, and adapt communication style to suit the situation and audience
- Communication skills to describe technical concepts effectively to both novice and sophisticated users
- Ability to write clear, concise and accurate procedural documentation
- Ability to work in a manner that models best practices in confidentiality standards
- Ability to understand customer needs and expectations and provide excellent customer service to directly and indirectly satisfy expectations
- Commitment to ongoing professional development with a desire to take on new challenges
- A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation and conflict resolution skills
- Discretion, tact and maturity to deal with highly confidential subjects or issues
- Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and manage activities both for self and others effectively often with an unpredictable schedule
- Capacity to consider issues from the perspective of others
- Ability to provide guidance, support and feedback in a way that is positively received
- Ability to delegate work and provide team members with clear direction and support in meeting their objectives
- Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the Department’s events and activities
- Interpersonal skills to liaise with prospective and current students, staff, faculty and other members of the Western community
- Ability to handle complex, ambiguous situations with diplomacy, calmness and good judgment
- Proven ability and natural inclination to develop relationships by interacting with people in a professional, respectful and diplomatic manner
- Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
- Excellent troubleshooting ability along with hands-on expertise in technical support
- Ability to provide guidance on the proper and safe use of materials and equipment and to adhere to legislated safety requirements and Western safety policies
Please note, successful applicants may be required to produce a current vulnerable sector record check from a police service prior to commencing employment.
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