Research Assistant 3
In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Entry to this advanced working level is restricted to those who are thoroughly conversant with all of the complexities of the specific research programs and methodologies of the hiring laboratory. They are expected to exercise initiative and independent judgment in the performance of duties such as staff supervision and scheduling of work, administrative support, and collaboration on research papers. They are designated the responsibility of ensuring that the day to day work meets the research objectives.
- Under limited supervision, performs complex technical procedures and experiments by following established laboratory procedures according to written protocols.
- Provides input regarding modification of procedures as requested by Department Head, Principal Investigator, or designate.
- Maintains and stores cell lines and primary cultures.
- Maintains and stores test materials and products.
- Maintains inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment.
- Demonstrated work methods or procedures to less experienced assistants as designated; orients new staff to department.
- Provides day to day scheduling and supervision of assigned work.
- Provides significant contributions to the preparation and/or presentation of research papers.
- Assists the Department Head or Principal Investigator in preparing grant applications and budgets.
A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to graduation from a recognized Bachelor’s program in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Bachelor of Science); plus five (5) years of recent related experience in a research laboratory.
This position requires strong skills in the areas of molecular biology, protein biochemistry and cell biology, including, but not limited to, mammalian cell culture, cloning, RNA and DNA purification, lentiviral transduction, PCR Western blotting, microscopy and imaging. Working knowledge and performance of aseptic technique is essential. Expertise in the use and handling of hazardous materials such as biological agents, radioactive substances and/or cytotoxic drugs is preferred. The successful candidate must be well-organized, conscientious, understand the importance of detail in observing and recording data, and be able to multi-task and prioritize duties effectively. Experience working with pre-clinical animal models, especially mice, is a valuable asset.