Lab Operations Supervisor (Chemical Technologist)

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Grant & Trust Administrative & Technical

Lab Operations Supervisor (Chemical Technologist)

Department of Chemistry

Temporary Part-Time from January 2022 to January 10, 2024
Hiring #: 2022-0042

Please read the Application Instructions before applying

Working under the leadership and general direction of the Program Manager/Research Scientist and the Research Chair/faculty supervisor, the Laboratory Operations Supervisor is responsible for day-to-day aspects of managing the Hydrothermal Chemistry research laboratory at the University of Guelph.  The incumbent will play a key role in supporting the success of the four (4) laboratories that house sophisticated custom-made high-precision instruments used for measuring the spectroscopic, thermodynamic and transport properties of aqueous fluids at very high temperatures and pressures. Through collaboration with the Program Manager/Research Scientist and in conjunction with the faculty supervisor, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Supervision of Laboratory Operations – including general lab maintenance / operation and instrument operation, technician scheduling, task assignment, basic purchasing and supply chain support, inventory, coordination with the Dept and other campus entities as needed, and Safety Officer for the Research Group’s laboratories.
  • Operating and maintaining routine laboratory analytical instrumentation and carrying out experiments on one or more specialized instruments as required.
  • Training – including development of highly proficient students and postdoctoral fellows in the use of commercial instruments for chemical analysis, and the use of data acquisition software.
  • Financial Administration Assistance – including assisting the Program Manager with accounting compilations and budget reconciling and assisting with “high value” classified purchases, both NSERC and CFI.
  • Quality Management System – under the direction of the Program Manger, the Lab Manager/Technician will be responsible for maintaining a Quality Management Records System required of our Research Chair program.

To be considered for this position, candidates must demonstrate the following minimum requirements:

  • Hon. B.Sc. in Chemistry from an accredited institution with specialization in physical or analytical chemistry.
  • Minimum 4 years of related professional working experience in a laboratory in a related position
  • Willingness to assist with both laboratory and administrative tasks.
  • A natural leader with excellent teamwork skills, especially in a diverse group setting
  • Results orientation and commitment to a high standard of service
  • Excellent, networking, interpersonal skills and creative problem-solving Work skills
  • Strong MS Office / Outlook skills.
  • Commitment to a culture of safety.
  • Part-time position, regular schedule M-F


  • Good multitasking / project management skills.
  • Experience with quality management systems.
  • Experience with PC computers and scientific hardware / software/ programming.

Candidate applications and equity, diversity and inclusion:

Our research group is an advocate for equity and is committed to ensuring representation in its community. We welcome applications from members of visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We seek to maintain our commitment to excellence and recognize that increasing the diversity of our team supports this objective.

Classification               Grant/ Trust fund position, Band C
GTAT (Grant & Trust Administrative and Technical) Salary Grid

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2022 01 12  
Closing Date: 2022 02 02

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