Research Technician I

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Grant & Trust Funded Administrative & Technical

Research Technician I

Centre for Biodiversity Genomics – Collections Unit
 Biodiversity Institute of Ontario

Temporary full-time from August 2019 to August 2020

Two (2) Positions

Hiring #: 2019-0392

Please read the Application Instructions before applying

These positions are located within the Collections Unit of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics. The Collections Unit is primarily responsible for the sourcing, digitization, and archiving biological samples as well as preparing the samples for genetic analysis at the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB).  Responsibilities include: specimen data capture (inputting information into an internal database); specimen preparation (pinning insects, separating specimens stored in fluid media, sorting batches of specimens into taxonomic groups, etc.); tissue sampling (taking a small piece of tissue for DNA analysis); specimen organization (arraying for imaging, tissue sampling, long-term storage, etc.); and specimen imaging (taking digital photographs of specimens destined for DNA barcoding through the use of DSLR cameras and imaging microscopes).  The incumbent will handle fragile insects while accurately assigning insects to the order level (or lower).   Occasional trips to natural history collections and/or field work to acquire samples may be required.  This position would be ideally suited to candidates interested in pursuing a career in biodiversity and/or entomology.

Requirements of the position include:

  • Minimum one year of post-secondary education in a related program
  • Background in entomology; must be able to identify insect orders
  • Must be able to work well both independently and in a team setting
  • Highly developed organizational skills
  • Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good dexterity, able to work with minute and fragile samples
  • Comfortable working in a high-throughput and dynamic environment
  • Must be fluent in using Excel spreadsheets
  • Experience with Microsoft Access (or other databases) is an asset
  • Experience with imaging equipment and z-stacking will be considered an asset
  • Experience in natural history collections and field collection of samples will be considered assets

Classification               Grant/ Trust fund position, Band A
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: 2019 08 14
Closing Date: 2019 08 21