Laboratory Technician (2 Year Term, 40% FTE)

Date Posted: 05/10/2023
Req ID: 31138
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Position Number: 00054653

About us:

The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering is home to about 60 professors leading research on a very broad range of topics. On the Industrial Engineering side, research areas include Operations Research, Information Engineering, Human Factors, and Applied Machine Learning, all of which seek to improve the systems we as humans rely on to navigate our world. On the Mechanical Engineering side, research areas include Robotics, Mechanics & Design, Materials, and Thermofluids, topics that are applied to applications including manufacturing, energy production, and bioengineering.

We are also home to about 2,000 very talented students: about 1,300 undergraduates are enrolled in the Industrial Engineering and in the Mechanical Engineering BASc programs. We have about 350 Master of Engineering (MEng) students, a professional program for students taking courses with us for a year or two. And we have about 350 MASc and PhD students, who work individually on research projects with a particular professor.

The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering prides itself on being a good place to work: respectful, accepting of difference and professional.

We value employees who are goal-oriented and self-motivated, and who are constantly looking to improve how we serve our students and faculty. We believe in teamwork, in working together for the greater good, and yet doing so in a way that respects each employee’s work-life balance. Finally, we value each employee as an individual, and look for opportunities to recognize each contribution.

Your opportunity:

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the incumbent performs routine processing and testing laboratory work, which includes running samples, record keeping, planning and scheduling machine times, ordering supplies, ensuring laboratory equipment is operating smoothly, and assisting with making variations to experimental procedures. The incumbent interacts with the principle investigator, graduate and undergraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, and orients new lab personnel and students to general laboratory rules and procedures.

Your responsibilities will include:

Applying established standards when preparing routine samples for research projects and/or experiments
Collecting experimental data, verifying results and passing on findings
Applying established standards when determining material requirements for lab set up based on timetables and requisitions information
Following rules and procedural instructions when restocking glassware in laboratories and/or store rooms
Paying close attention to occupational safety precautions
Ordering supplies with approval
Providing orientation to others on work procedures and practices

Essential Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
Minimum one (1) year of experience with the use of laboratory equipment.
Experience working with injection and extrusion techniques, High Temperature Furnace operation and safety, pilot processing machines, and maintaining and conducting occasional repairs to laboratory equipment.
Strong computer skills: e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
Self-motivated with excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
Ability to perform laboratory duties, including collection and dissemination of lab data.
Familiarity with a laboratory environment and protocols.
Ability to apply and follow laboratory safety policies.
Excellent manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
Ability to document experimental results carefully.
Adaptable, conscientious and highly organized. Shows good judgment and initiative.
Ability to learn new methods and software.
Ability to work both independently and as a team.

To be successful in this role you will be:

Problem solver

Closing Date: 05/18/2023, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Grant – Term
Schedule: Part-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 06 at 40% FTE – $20,049 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $25,639. Pay scaleand job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay EquityMaintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Engineering / Technical
Recruiter: Tamsyn Boshoff

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

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