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Technician (#00275)

Contract Type: 

Faculty of Science & Technology
Competition Number:     17-4051
Start/End:     August 01, 2017 up to May 31, 2018
Employment Group:     VIUFA
Position:     00275
Duties:    The selected candidate will facilitate the delivery of laboratory and research components of the Biology program, and will support faculty and students in a range of activities. The selected candidate will be expected to provide laboratory and field support for a wide range of course offerings in the Biology Department, but with a focus on zoology, ecology, and animal physiology courses. In addition, the selected candidate will be responsible for co-managing the Museum of Natural History. The successful candidate will have excellent bench, communication, managerial, and interpersonal skills, have exceptional organizational ability and a keen sense for detail, and take great pride in his/her work.

Primary duties:
1. Prepare materials used in or related to the laboratory and field classes; collect live local specimens adhering to permit and animal care requirements, maintain freezer inventory of specimens for departmental dissections, set-up, take-down and clean-up of laboratory / field equipment and materials.
2. Organize field trips; drive the 24 passenger bus for departmental field trips; assist students and instructors on field trips with the practical component of course curriculum.
3. Maintain instructional supplies, equipment, and reagent stocks by procuring and purchasing supplies; assisting instructors and students in obtaining course and project materials; and maintaining departmental equipment in proper condition and calibration.
4. Contribute to the general operation and maintenance of the Biology prep-room and laboratory facilities, including organization and care of common storage and work areas; maintenance and documentation of chemical and hazardous materials inventories; maintenance of procedural notes related to preparation for laboratory activities, etc.
5. Maintain the museum specimen collection; manage the museum database and maintain provincial and federal salvage permits; organize museum fundraising events; design and deliver museum tours; and co-supervise a team of 2-4 student workers.

Secondary duties:
1. Assist faculty in pre-testing and troubleshooting laboratory activities.
2. Assist faculty and students in demonstrating laboratory procedures and proper use of equipment.
3. Assist faculty in the editing and revision of laboratory procedures.
4. Contribute to the maintenance of a library of reference materials and equipment manuals.
5. Perform minor repair of departmental equipment.
6. Design and deliver science outreach programs for the museum.

The above-listed duties are subject to change according to curricular offerings.
     Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities, including, student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.
Required Qualifications:     - Bachelor of Science in Biology from an appropriately accredited institution
- Previous experience and demonstrated ability for field work and laboratory work.
- Demonstrable knowledge of zoology, ecology, physiology, and lower undergraduate level general biology courses (e.g. ecology, molecular and cell biology, and biochemistry).
- Demonstrable experience in preparation of reagents and assembly of laboratory equipment
- Ability to be resilient, work under pressure, and within tight timelines
- Physical capability to carry materials and equipment (up to 15kg), and participate in field work
- Ability to adapt to changing circumstances / flexible approach to problem-solving
- Ability to work long periods of time with concentrated effort. Weekend work will be required.
- Ability to work effectively in a team and independently
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
- High level of computer literacy, to include MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook
- Valid or eligibility to obtain a Class 4 BC Driver's Licence; and a confirmed satisfactory driving record (as specified in Vancouver Island University policy and procedures)
Must possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver's Licence and have a confirmed satisfactory driving record (as specified in Vancouver Island University policy and procedures).

Preferred Qualifications:     - Master of Science In Biology from an appropriately accredited institution
- Previous experience in preparation of laboratories for post-secondary level courses
- Experience with proper use of compound, dissecting and inverted microscope, and maintenance
- Knowledge of current federal biosafety and biosecurity regulations and procedures.
- Experience with the identification and collection of live local invertebrates
- Knowledge of general animal care guidelines from the Canadian Council on Animal Care
Please Submit:     CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Copies of transcripts/credentials/qualifications identified on resume
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period:     May 25, 2017 - June 07, 2017
Note:     Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.

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