Research Technician (TP0081, PED153, L12)

Job Category: 
Temporary assignments for administrative support and technical positions


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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans and executes laboratory projects and experiments within objectives set by supervisor. Performs literature searches, reviews, selects and modifies methodology.
  • Performs a variety of specialized technical tasks in fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, histology, toxicology, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, animal surgery, etc.
  • Compiles experimental and analytical data. Prepares reports. Analyzes and discusses results and their interpretation with others. Participates in devising new methodology. Maintains records and files.
  • 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.
  • Participates in the preparation of material for publication or presentation. Prepares graphs, tables, lists of references, and descriptions of procedures.
  • 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.
  • Uses a variety of equipment such as balances, pH meters, pipettors, laminar flow hoods, incubators, autoclaves, microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, chromatography apparatus, electrophoresis apparatus, electrophysiological recording apparatus, cryostats, microtomes, computers and audio-visual equipment.

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 and Experience:

Undergraduate Degree (Biology or Sciences)

Two (2) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities:

Experience with molecular biology techniques (DNA extraction and quantification, sequencing library preparation, PCR, etc.), including working with ancient DNA and DNA barcoding. Experience with analysis of high-throughput sequencing data for population and quantitative genetics (e.g., QTL-mapping). Experience working within the R software environment for statistical computing and graphics design. Experience managing a molecular biology lab and fish care facility. Experience with fieldwork for ecology and evolution projects (e.g., mark-recapture methods) and performing physiological and behavioural assays on fish. Experience with meta-analysis of biological datasets. Knowledge of and ability to show best safety practices in the use of laboratory and equipment. Proven ability to solve technical problems as well as explain technical solutions, techniques and equipment 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 colleagues and to provide technical expertise. English, spoken and read.

Additional Information:

This position is totally supported by research funds

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to the Faculty of Science:


McGill University, Faculty of Science, HR Services

853 Sherbrooke Street West (Dawson Hall), room 314

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 0G5

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The deadline to apply for this position is December 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

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Faculty of Science
Redpath Museum
Salary Range: 
$25.64 - $35.37
Six (6) month duration (possibility of extension)
Reporting to: 
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