Technical Assistant (TS2505, PED06, Level 5)

Job Category: 
Temporary assignments (MUNACA)

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, provides technical assistance in support of activities in a laboratory, a workshop, in the field, etc. Carries out elementary assays. Prepares materials and equipment. Records data. Maintains equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares the material, solutions, equipment for use in laboratories, projects, etc.
  • Assists with preparing, monitoring, inventorying and preserving the culture media.
  • Prepares and maintains for exhibition and display purposes tagged or identified specimens or parts; takes into account the conservation conditions that are appropriate.
  • Carries out a variety of tasks, such as mixing, identifying, weighing, titration, sectioning, etc., of solutions and various materials, using appropriate instruments and equipment.
  • Assists in the preparation of plans and models. May draw sketches and tables as requested.
  • Completes standard reports.
  • Informs immediate supervisor of any irregularities or defects; takes measures to rectify the situation.
  • Maintains and performs minor repairs of the equipment and instruments under area of responsibility. Ensures cleanliness of work areas.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies, instruments and equipment used in the immediate work area; compiles a list of items to be purchased.
  • Uses equipment such as balances, microtomes, microscopes, centrifuges, etc.

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:

High School Leaving
One (1) year related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated organizational skills. Must be familiar with a laboratory setting and preparing lab supplies basic laboratory techniques. Demonstrated ability to work in a PC environment such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Science background and familiarity with undergraduate Biology lab curriculum is an asset. Familiarity with apparatus/equipment/materials such as glassware, vials, animal boards, slides, teaching specimen, plants and other items. Service oriented, punctual and reliable. Must be able to work under pressure, as several tasks are time-sensitive. Customer focused in attending to TAs and students with arising needs during laboratory sessions. Attention to detail and reliability are important. Ability to be resourceful. English and French, spoken, French read.

Additional Information:

Working hours may vary.

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

Email [at]

The deadline to apply for this position is August 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, the Faculty of Science will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

McGill applicants, covered by the MUNACA/PSAC Collective Agreement, must apply to a regular MUNACA position within eight (8) working days of the date of publication to maintain internal priority.

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, [at] or 514-398-3711.

Faculty of Science
Department of Biology
Salary Range: 
$20.92 - $28.91
Two (2) month duration (possibility of extension)
Reporting to: 
Manager Administration
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