The University of New Brunswick Saint John welcomes applications for the position of Biological Sciences Technician PL6 with the Department of Biological Sciences. This is a part-time (18 hours per week) renewable, 9-month term position ending May 18, 2024. The position is funded by the University Budget with a salary range of $21.87 - $28.40 per hour.
The primary role of a Biological Sciences Technician is to support undergraduate labs taught in the department, with emphasis on Biology and Chemistry. The team of Biological Sciences Technicians prepares and dismantles lab materials, maintains and inventories all lab equipment and chemicals, maintains living specimens, and provides technical advice to faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students.
- Prepare teaching labs. Operate, maintain, and calibrate equipment. Review lab procedures with the lab instructor and making any necessary modifications.
- Check and maintain inventory of chemicals, specimens, and equipment required for each lab.
- Arrange required safety documents and transportation for off-campus excursions.
- Prepare chemical solutions and media. When necessary, collect or prepare specimens.
- Provide necessary hardware and equipment. Clean used hardware such as equipment and glassware.
- Make chemical waste generated in undergraduate labs safe for disposal.
- Inventory and organize materials for undergraduate teaching labs.
- Track expenditures related to undergraduate course labs.
- Maintain living bacterial cultures and plants. Maintain and coordinate the use of holding spaces.
- Maintain living invertebrates and vertebrates to Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) standards.
- Maintain and coordinate the use of the animal holding spaces for teaching purposes.
- Provide technical advice and assistance to faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students.
- Oversee purchase and inventories of ethyl alcohol used for research and teaching purposes.
- Attend departmental meetings to provide updates and input pertaining to undergraduate teaching labs.
- Enhance the student experience. Apply for funding and purchase new equipment for teaching, develop new undergraduate lab activities, and provide demonstrations/experiences for visiting student groups.
- Other duties as assigned by the Chair.
- BSc in Biology, Chemistry, or Environmental Science with 3 years of experience working in a laboratory setting.
- Background in Biology and Chemistry.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office programs. Flexibility with hours (after 5:30 pm).
- Must possess excellent communication, organizational and teamwork skills.
- Should be able to work independently, and to recognize and initiate tasks necessary to the department's function without supervision.
- Ability to adapt to unscheduled requests for assistance would be an asset.
- Willingness to acquire and maintain First Aid training. Familiarity with WHMIS/GHS would be considered an asset.
Closing date for applications is July 9, 2021 4:00PM. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.