Microbiome Research Associate, Physiology & Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine

  • Company:
    University of Calgary
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    16 hours ago
  • Category:
    Biotech / Science

Job ID:22792Updated:April 30, 2021Location:Foothills CampusWe would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.Position OverviewTheDepartment of Physiology & Pharmacologyin theCumming School of Medicineinvites applications for aMicrobiome Research Associate . This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.The International Microbiome Centre (IMC) and the Wild Microbiome & Immunology Centre (WiMIC) within IICD are unique programs to enable microbiome studies aimed at understanding the mechanisms by which the microbiome impacts on chronic disease and alters our environment.This position reports to the Director Programs & Business, IMC/WiMIC.The Microbiome Research Associate will play a critical role in the IICD IMC/WiMIC working closely with the IMC/WiMIC Directors to implement the operational aspects of the IMC/WiMIC programs and related projects. The Research Associate will be responsibilities for operations and projects including training users, technical work (containment, application development, experimentation, analysis and animal husbandry), and implementation of policies, standards, and procedures in compliance with environmental health and safety and animal care policies and procedures.Position DescriptionSummary of Key Responsibilities(job functions include but are not limited to):OperationsWith IICD IMC/WiMIC Directors, implement the strategic vision and advise on the technical aspects for operations pertaining to the IICD IMC/WiMIC programsResponsible for daily maintenance of the IICD IMC/WiMIC facilities and equipmentResponsible for reliable and safe operation of IMC/WiMIC related equipment including trouble-shooting problems with the infrastructure and equipmentDevelop new applications and standard procedures and support training of IICD researchers on these aspects of the IMC/WiMIC programs, associated equipment and software, while maintaining clean and safe work areasResponsible to comply and liaise with EHS to ensure appropriate training of individuals conducting work in the facilityResponsible to maintain standards of animal care that are in compliance with Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC) regulations and policies and for animal husbandry within the IMC/WiMIC animal programsAssist the Directors in writing and implementing Animal ProtocolsDevelop operating procedures, safety protocols, and makes recommendation on workflow improvementsProject ManagementWith IICD IMC/WiMIC Directors, implement the strategic vision and advise on the technical aspects for projects pertaining to the IICD IMC/WiMIC programsMonitor and report IMC/WiMIC schedules and assist in making decisions that may impact the schedule of large projectsAssist in the successful completion and IMC/WiMIC reporting of animal husbandry and microbiome projects from the conception stage through the submission of all contract deliverables and project closuresConduct IMC/WiMIC research and provide reports for use in scholarly publications includingpilot and feasibility studiesSupervise staff and researchers within IMC/WiMIC including training, scheduling and reporting. Train others in the technical operations of equipment and laboratory protocols, while maintaining clean and safe areasResponsible for documenting the financial aspects of IMC/WiMIC animal husbandry and gnotobiotic research through tracking, spending and assisting the IMC/WiMIC directors in maximizing cost effectiveness for IMC/WiMIC activities when required.Assist Directors in managing microbiome projects, including providing budget estimates and workflow designsOther tasks as assigned by IMC/WiMIC DirectorsAdministration & GeneralAssist the IICD IMC/WiMIC Directors with high level funding and research strategies through participating in related sessions.Establishes and maintains effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor and senior management and with the campus community.Demonstrated strong communication, team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelinesQualifications / Requirements:PhD Degree in microbiology, immunology or related discipline(s) requiredMin 5 years of technical experience and completion of post-secondary education in microbiology, microbiome, orrelated fieldSpecialized certification – project management highly desirable; certification(s) in the lab animal fieldconsidered an assetTheoretical and practical knowledge of microbial and immunology research is required. Knowledge and application of CCAC guidelines, provincial legislation and acts coveringanimal-based research, along with university policies and regulations for the transport of animals considered an assetDemonstrable trouble-shooting skills requiredPerform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of highly complex technological systems in microbial and immunology research following ethical standardsProject management, leadership, supervisory skills preferredProvide technical support for researchers through consultation on microbial and immunology aspects of researchMust be open to learning and development and be willing to accept new challenges and assignmentsDemonstrated communication, organization, innovation, and interpersonal skills along with interactions with internal and external stakeholdersApplication Deadline:May 14, 2021We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.Additional InformationThis position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under theTechnical Job Family, Phase III.To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view ourManagement and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visitCareers in the Cumming School of Medicine.About the University of CalgaryThe University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visitucalgary.ca.The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wideIndigenous Strategyin line with the foundational goals ofEyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.