Employment Opportunity


Grenfell Campus

Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative
(Permanent Position)

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University invites applications for the position of Research Laboratory Coordinator I, to assist in the operation of the Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative (BERI) laboratory facility located on campus in Corner Brook, NL.  Grenfell Campus is entering an exciting time, with expanding teaching, research, and community outreach programs.  The campus is part of a pan-university initiative to build expertise through interdisciplinary studies in Agriculture and Forest Science, and has recently developed four interconnected research laboratories and associated supports.  This facility provides core support for agricultural and forestry research by research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and graduate students.

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Science and the Environment at Grenfell Campus, the successful applicant will perform professional work in a research support capacity including operation and management of a suite of laboratory and field research equipment for soil, plant and water analysis.  The research coordinator will be integrated into a multidisciplinary team that supports whole system and targeted scientific inquiries in Agriculture and Forestry.  As such, the coordinator will offer technical support in the development and implementation of field and laboratory experimental strategies in the biology and chemistry of soil, plants, and water with special emphasis on microbiology and molecular biology. The coordinator will be in charge of daily maintenance of equipment and ensure proper QC/QA protocols are in place. Duties include maintaining the laboratories and instruments at optimal performance levels; ensuring the quality of the analytical data; consulting with instrument engineers for trouble-shooting and repairs; performing data acquisition and processing for agricultural and forestry applications with university and partner institution researchers; and other related duties as required. 



Experience (1-3 years) in a laboratory technical capacity; completion of a Masters in a relevant discipline; or any equivalent combination of experience and training. Ability to operate, troubleshoot and perform minor repairs for the following instruments: Autoanalyzer (segmented) and LACHAT (continuous) flow analyzers; Li-cor instruments; ability to configure, implement and monitor complex field sampling equipment (ie. sensors, multiplexer and datalogger integrated systems) for soil, plant and water monitoring; ability to conduct analytical method development and validation of protocols for soil, plant and water analyses; experience in microbial and/or molecular techniques pertaining to DNA/RNA, ddPCR, qPCR, cytometer and microscopy; ensure the appropriate QC/QA controls are in place; ability to assist in the development of field sampling strategies; ability to research the literature for methods development and other forms of technical support; and the ability to work with diverse research scientists, faculty and graduate students in the support, design, execution and prioritization of experiments in the lab environment.



SALARY                                   $59,856 - $81,622 per annum (Management and Professional)
CLOSING DATE                        January 05, 2018
COMPETITION NO.                   GCM-17-31

To apply for this position, please click the "apply on-line" button at the bottom of this page.  Applications must be received by the end of the business day on the competition closing date.  For further information concerning the above vacancy, or to obtain a copy of the application form, please visit us on the web at: www.mun.ca/humanres/; or Grenfell Campus - Memorial University, University Avenue, Corner Brook, Room AS303, phone (709) 637-4097, fax (709) 639-6537, or e-mail hrrecruitment@grenfell.mun.ca; St. John's, the Recruitment Office, Department of Human Resources, 4th Floor, Arts & Administration Building, Elizabeth Avenue, phone (709) 864-2434.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is strongly committed to employment equity and especially welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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