17 May

Research Associate Jobs Vacancy in Queen University Kingston

Research Associate
Queen University
Kingston ON
17 May, 2018 4 days ago

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Research Associate

About Queen's University

Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting. We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more.

We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.

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Job Summary
Reporting to the Department Manager and receiving direction from Principal Investigators (PIs), the Research Associate designs, tests, and implements experimental protocols related to the investigation of contaminants in natural water systems and the development of treatment technologies. The Research Associate conducts procedures and observes and records results and uses independent judgement to adapt procedures as the need arises. The Research Associate participates in experiment design and optimization, maintains cultures and bio-reactors, prepares samples and conducts analyses using specialized laboratory instrumentation. The Research Associate analyses results and prepares scientific reports as required. In addition, the Research Associate supervises graduate students and fourth year thesis students in the laboratory, ensuring compliance with safety and laboratory practice. The Research Associate may also participate in other special projects as required.

Job Description
• Designs, develops, tests, implements and coordinates experimental protocol under the general guidance of the PIs. Uses scientific methods, principles, and statistical analysis to prepare and conduct procedures and experiments, and observes and records results. Uses judgement and personal initiative to adapt procedures as required to meet the needs of the project and to conduct the research on a fairly independent basis.
• Monitors experiments and maintains cultures and experimental bio-reactors. Prepares samples which often entails working with hazardous materials and equipment.
• Prepares, renews and addresses compliance requirements for soil import, biohazards, shipping hazardous samples and radiation protocols when applicable (eg. Bio-hazard Permits, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Canadian Food Inspection Agency).
• Prepares test samples and performs chemical analyses employing various analytical equipment (e.g., elemental analyser, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectroscopy, Hydrolab, Jaz) and performs routine maintenance on this equipment. Coordinates requests for laboratory and equipment maintenance with Environmental Health and Safety, Physical Plant Services and external service contractors.
• Provides lab safety training, equipment training and orientation to all students. Leads regular laboratory meetings to manage projects and to discuss lab safety practice.
• Prepares results for presentation and publication. Conducts background research and may contribute to, co-author, or author scientific papers. Prepares verbal presentations and participates in project meetings.
• Analyses data and interprets results, using various software programs. Monitors databases for accuracy.
• Provides work direction, and technical/functional guidance to undergraduate and graduate students to maintain lab best practices for compliance with Biological Level 2 requirements. •
Provides coaching and feedback on student work quality issues, providing related day-to-day supervision. Escalates unresolved performance matters to PIs. •
Provides general laboratory supervision, including enforcing standards to ensure integrity of test data, ethical guideline compliance, and safety. Ensures maintenance and security of laboratory space and equipment. Takes leadership role in handling emergencies.
• Liaises with other staff, departments, and outside agencies to keep current with developments and foster collaborative research efforts.
• Performs university procurement processes when ordering supplies, glassware and equipment. Purchases all chemicals and hazardous substances for research projects through the university administered HECHMET system.
• Undertakes other duties in support of the department.

• Graduate Degree in a relevant field, preferably chemistry, chemical engineering, or environmental engineering, combined with at least 5 years’ experience in laboratory analytical techniques and procedures.
• Supervisory experience in a laboratory setting required.
• Knowledge of the university structure, policies and procedures
• Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Technical proficiency in the use of complex analytical lab equipment and skill in the use of precise instruments. Careful handling of samples and critical observational skills.
• Ability to predict problems and alter procedures as required to minimize risks and prevent them from occurring where possible.
• Organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills. Appropriate judgement in choosing best protocol or adapting procedures to meet changing needs.
• Technical/scientific writing skills.
• Interpersonal and communications skills (both verbal and written) to deal with a wide variety of individuals in a professional manner and to provide clear and accurate information.
• Care in handling and disposing of hazardous materials, in operating equipment, and in preparing solutions and samples.
• Computer skills to aid in the research, analysis and presentation of data using various statistical analysis tools.
• Mathematical and statistical analysis skills. Ability to collate and analyse data and generate a coherent, concise reports. Ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and to make accommodations on an independent basis, while keeping within the guidelines and goals of the PIs.
• Supervisory and leadership skills to provide direction and instruction to students.
• Ability to work independently and as a team member.

• Make decisions regarding optimal experimental approach. Adapt protocols, procedures and experimental methods as required. Assess progress and determine alternative methods.
• Decide which and how data will be analysed based on quality control procedures.
• Determine best method to present information and draft reports or articles.
• Determine which equipment needs to be repaired, replaced, or acquired.
• Make recommendations and decisions regarding supplier or manufacturer.
• Determine whether a particular procedure falls well within ethical guidelines.
• Determine appropriate way to dispose of hazardous wastes within university safety guidelines.
• React in an emergency spill situation to manage the safety others and minimize damage.
• Determine when a concern is serious enough to warrant consultation with manager.
• Manage confidentiality for contract research projects and closed-bid equipment tendering processes.
• Decide how to handle enquiries from other researchers or outside agencies regarding research projects and findings. Know when to redirect questions to PIs.
• Ability to prioritize time and resources to coordinate workflow on projects.

Closing Statement

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at hradmin@queensu.ca.



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