Research Technician I – Centre for Biodiversity Genomics – Collections Unit

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Grant & Trust Administrative & Technical

Research Technician I – Centre for Biodiversity Genomics – Collections Unit

Biodiversity Institute of Ontario

Temporary full-time from July 2022 to July 2023
2 Positions
Hiring #: 2022-0421

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The Research Technician I works within the Collections Unit of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics. The Collections Unit is primarily responsible for the sourcing, digitization, and archiving of biological samples as well as preparing the samples for genetic analysis at the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB). Some of the duties of this position will involve 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.), specimen imaging (taking digital photographs of specimens destined for DNA barcoding through the use of DSLR cameras and imaging microscopes) and general lab maintenance. It is essential that the Research Technician I have good dexterity to handle fragile insects and can accurately assign insects to the order level (or lower). Due to the high level of data accuracy required for our projects, the individual should have strong organizational skills and attention to detail. The position may involve occasional trips to natural history collections and/or field work to acquire samples. Experience with Microsoft Excel and Access (or other databases) is an asset. Experience with imaging equipment and z-stacking is an asset. Experience in natural history collections and field collection of samples is an asset. This position would be ideally suited to candidates interested in pursuing a career in biodiversity and/or entomology.


  • Minimum one year post-secondary required, with some related experience
  • A background in entomology; and ability to identify insect orders is strongly preferred
  • Must be fluent in using Excel spreadsheets
  • Must be able to work well both independently and in a team setting
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of organizational skill and attention to detail
  • Good dexterity, able to work with minute and fragile samples
  • Comfortable working in a high-throughput and dynamic environment

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: 2022 06 13  
Closing Date: 2022 06 27

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