Research Assistant, Ecosytem & Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine


The Department of Ecosystem & Public Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Full-time Fixed Short Term position is for approximately 3 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator.

This position is predominantly located at Foothills Campus, but will also require time at the University of Calgary Spy Hill campus. Work will occasionally demand flexibility in hours, depending on the part of the study being conducted.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Position will catalogue and organize the analysis of various samples as well as write a report on final results
  • Conduct analysis of the samples and collect all the results from the analyses for inclusion into our Comprehensive database
  • Will work with the PI to interpret results and produce timely reports on the research for our funders (Northern Contaminants Program) and collaborators, as well as work on manuscripts for peer reviewed journals and present results with the supervisor/collaborators at conferences
  • Assist in manuscript peer-review and grant proposal submissions as needed
  • The more general areas of investigation & competence include basic cell biology, toxicology, biochemistry and biomarkers in toxicology
  • Carries out research activities which address the work described above
  • Motivation demonstrated through writing grant proposals for advancing the research or initiating self driven hypotheses will be desirable
  • Participates in preparing and presenting research results at lab meetings, institutional, and other scientific meetings as appropriate

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Practical experience in a discipline employing molecular biology, environmental toxicology, biomarkers in toxicology, and/or research involving ecotoxicology, cellular and vertebrate/mammalian toxicology, and/or immunotoxicology, is highly desirable
  • At least 3 years of experience including in one or more of the areas identified above, is essential
  • Ability to work with hazardous chemicals associated with environmental toxicology is essential
  • Ability to work cooperatively with P.I. and other lab members, and strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • WHMIS and bio-safety level 1 & 2 training, lab animal handling, and human ethics training will be required for the successful candidate
  • Familiar with the University of Calgary’s statement on Principles of Conduct and conducts themselves according to these principles in all situations when representing UCVM or while acting on behalf of the University

Application Deadline:  July 21, 2020

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Veterniary Medicine visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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