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Department:  Veterinary Pathology

FTE:  1.0

Status:  Permanent

Competition No.:  17082-T

Salary Information:  The salary range is $4,327.44 to $5,834.14 per month (Applied Scientific Sciences, Phase 5). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose:  To provide technical support to faculty and training and supervision of graduate student researchers in the area of clinical pathology, immunology, cell sorting (FACS analysis), image analysis, fluorescent microscopy, molecular and cell biology, cell- culture, bacteriology and proteomics.

Nature of Work:  Reporting to the Department Head, the position requires ongoing training and learning of new methods according to research programs of the Department of Veterinary Pathology. The work requires the ability to handle multiple demands and tasks. This position works in veterinary pathology of domestic and wildlife species which exposes employees to animal dander, waste, and unpredictability; and cleaning of equipment/work area. Subject to some unpleasant odors, dress code, and traffic pattern restrictions.

Typical Duties:

  • Support faculty and graduate students with bench-top laboratory work, tissue sample collection in the necropsy suite of WCVM, clinical pathology laboratory, data analysis and writing research reports. Ensure biosafety and laboratory safety procedures of all researchers
  • Maintain department common equipment for research such as microscopes, cameras, centrifuges, biosafety cabinets, ELISA readers and -70C freezers and arrange outside service when needed
  • Order and ship research supplies to faculty, graduate students and other collaborative research institutes on regular basis
  • Training and orientation of new employees, undergraduate and graduate students and visiting scientists about laboratory protocols, equipment use and biosafety and laboratory safety procedures

Qualifications
Education:  Minimum requirement of Veterinary Technician certification. BSc and MSc degrees in areas such as biomedical/life sciences or a degree in Veterinary Medicine with a minimum of three years’ experience  as a technician or related expertise would be considered an asset.

Experience:  Minimum of three years of experience as a technician or postgraduate at the level of MSc in the field of biological sciences. The candidate will have a sound understanding of cell and molecular methods and their use in various research paradigms. A combination of education and experience will be considered.

Skills:  

  • Strong technical and scientific skills in the research areas of clinical pathology, immunology, cell sorting (FACS analysis), microscopy, molecular and cell biology, cell-culture, bacteriology, and proteomics
  • ability to manage multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail
  • ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • effective interpersonal to work with large numbers of researchers at the department and the college, communication and organizational skills
  • strong computer skills of Microsoft Office for data analyses
  • technical understanding of common laboratory equipment is necessary for facilitate research work

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Tyler Moss at 306-966-7334.

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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