Research Technician (TR0020)

McGill University - Human Resources
Position Title: 
Research Technician (PED 00153, DD012B, Level 012B)
Position Summary: 
Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, plans and executes laboratory projects and experiments. Performs technical tasks in the field of biology, chemistry, physiology, etc. Selects and modifies methodology. Analyses and interprets data. Acts as resource person, resolves problems and instructs others. Participates in manuscript preparation. Maintains equipment.
Major Duties & Responsibilities: 
  • Plans and executes laboratory projects and experiments within objectives set by supervisor. Performs literature searches, reviews, selects and modifies methodology.
  • Acts as resource person, resolves problems and instructs others. Provides technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques, and the analysis of results.
  • Ensures compliance with safety regulations in the use of equipment. Ensures proper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Maintains equipment and performs minor repairs. Arranges for servicing.
  • Maintains inventory. Recommends and purchases equipment and material.
  • Performs accounting functions such as monitoring expenditures, verifying ledgers and resolving discrepancies. Forecasts costs of supplies, materials and equipment.
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in the field to update skills and knowledge.

The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.

Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate Degree (Biology or Sciences)

Two (2) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 
Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize work. Knowledge of and ability to show best safety practices in the use of laboratory and equipment. Experience with the equipment listed in the 'Additional Information' section. Proven ability to solve technical problems as well as explain technical solutions, techniques and machinery to students and research staff, both individually and as a group. Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to work independently as well as interact effectively with staff, students and colleague and to provide technical expertise. English and French, spoken and written.
Reference Number: 
Supervisor's Title: 
Chair, Department of Mining and Materials
Salary Scale: 
$25.14 - $34.68
Faculty of Engineering
Position Type: 
Hours Per Week: 
Additional Information: 
The Research Technician will operate materials characterization equipment and plan and execute projects and experiments in the Analytical, Spectroscopy and Xray diffraction facilities. The following is an indicative list of equipment used (equipment may be added or removed from the list depending on the evolution, at the laboratory, of research activities): Varian FS240 Atomic Absorption spectrometer; Micrometitics TriStar surface area and porosity analyzer; Milton Roy Spectronic 1201 UV/Visible spectrometer; Dionex IC 5000 Ion Chromatography system; Reverse osmosis water purifying system; Barnstead deionized water system; Bruker 2 X-Ray diffraction system; Horiba Laser Scattering particle size analyzer.
How To Apply: 

*Internal candidates: Please provide your McGill ID number when applying.*

Please submit your electronic application via the web at click on "Application Form" and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter as one document.