University of Western Ontario Research Technician Contract in London, ON

University of Western Ontario

Branch London ON CA

Research Technician
London, ON

Verbal and written communication skills with the ability to document technical information. Operate and maintain basic research equipment Manage own time…

About Western

With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.

About Us

The Robarts Research Institute within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University has made its mission to accelerate medical discovery. Through a powerful integration of basic and clinical research, we are driving major advances that impact on many of today’s most devastating diseases.

To be leaders in the advancement of biomedical knowledge and its clinical application for the betterment of human health.


The Research Technician will work in collaboration with principal investigators, staff, and students, and have responsibilities for conducting experiments and presenting the results. The incumbent will oversee students, assist with laboratory or research centre maintenance, order supplies, and ensure safety standards are met. The incumbent will set up and conduct tests according to procedures, maintain records, and analyze, summarize and compile data and results for dissemination.

The position requires skilled technical work of some complexity. Duties are methodical and involve manual activity and attention to detail. The incumbent must be able to work with minimal supervision and use efficient judgment in order to complete assigned tasks and duties within allotted deadlines. This position involves mouse colony management on a large scale, accessing the animal care facility on a regular basis, tracking breeding and weaning as needed. High attention to detail required and accurate record keeping. This position is responsible for collecting data (western blots/PCR/whole vessel myography) and analyzing data, assisting with the genotyping of murine colony.


  • Assist with maintenance of transgenic mouse colonies via genotyping.
  • Assist with management of breeding colonies.
  • Utilize micro-dissection techniques to isolate vessels from rodent or human tissue.
  • Execute experiments involving whole vessel myography, PCR and molecular biology techniques under the general supervision and or direction of the PI and/or the lab manager.
  • Maintain quality control in the lab regarding the safe handling and proper disposal of chemicals, biohazardous and infectious materials.
  • Required to carry out general lab maintenance, chemical database management, organization and cleaning.
    • Operate and maintain basic research equipment
    • Manage own time effectively and ensures manager is kept informed of activities, and progress of work.


– BSc Degree (4 year) in related field

– 1 year work experience supporting research in a related technical field

– Certified in Animal Care and Use

– Experience and proficiency in Microsoft office programs and other software necessary

– Experience collecting and compiling data, and familiar with experimental testing protocols pertaining to vascular smooth muscle laboratory environment is preferred

Skills, Abilities & Expertise:
– Familiarity with techniques for updating, managing and extracting data from a research database
– Familiarity with University research policies and practices preferred
– Familiarity with experimental design and analysis
– Verbal and written communication skills with the ability to document technical information
– Attention to detail with an ability to retrieve, analyze and synthesize sizable amounts of data, while ensuring that information is accurate and comprehensive
– Ability to follow processes with high attention to detail
– Ability to employ a systematic and efficient approach to work
– Computer skills with the ability to learn and use software programs
– Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite
– Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet tight deadlines and adapt to changing priorities
– Demonstrated ability to take initiative, to work independently and follow through on work assignments
– Personable and courteous in working relationships with colleagues, students and the public
– Ability to collect and analyze data in an objective manner
– Multi-tasking skills to prioritize and consistently produce high-quality work within deadlines
– Ability to investigate defined issues, solicit input, and suggest remedies and alternative approaches that meet the needs of the situation
– Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals

Why Western?

Western offers a broad and exciting variety of part-time and temporary employment opportunities with ample room for job exploration and growth. Within our beautiful campus, you are part of a progressive work environment that promotes work/life balance including access to our state-of-the-art recreation centre. Apply for an opportunity to be part of the Western community and contribute to its success!

Applying at Western

To ensure that your application is given full consideration, please complete all relevant sections of the application. In addition, you can choose to supplement your application with a cover letter and current resume.

Consideration of applicants will include an assessment of previous performance, experience, and qualifications. Applicants should have oral communication skills in English.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.

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Employment Type: Freelance
Location: London, ON, CA
Posted on: 2018-04-03
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