Senior Research Associate (Foothills Campus), Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine – Calgary

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

Job ID:20369Updated:March 25, 2020Location:Foothills CampusPosition OverviewTheDepartment of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicinein theFaculty of Veterinary Medicineinvites applications for aSenior Research Associate (Foothills Campus). This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.The Senior Research Associate reports to Dr. Whelan. Dr. Whelan’s research involves the behavioral characterization of rodent models of walking disorders and will account for 50% of the associate’s time. The remaining time will be spent performing experiments in Dr. Turner’s lab, examining experiments related to autism (20%) and working in the ACHRI behavioral facility (30%).The Senior Research Associate position involves technical and highly complex experimental work that encompassed the breadth of approaches employed by the laboratory. Research of this nature requires an extensive knowledge and experience base, intellectual acuity, highly developed technical skills, as well as the ability to deal with multiple issues simultaneously.While overseen and directed by the PI, the Senior Research Associate is expected to work with a high level of independence and judgment. They should be capable of obtaining the necessary information and knowledge to develop procedures and to design, implement, analyze and interpret experiments in a self-directed manner. Work intensity is variable and may, on occasion, require extended hours.The position may involve direction and supervision of other laboratory staff and/or trainees, overseeing the design, successful implementation, and analysis of their experiments. It is expected that the Senior Research Associate is able to train others in the skills and knowledge that they have acquired. Work in the laboratory environment involves potential exposure to typical risks of standard laboratory equipment and hazardous materials.Position DescriptionSummary of Key Responsibilities(job functions include but are not limited to):ResearchEnsure successful outcome of broad experimental goals described by PICreation of well-designed experiments, timely execution of these experiments and the generation of high quality, interpretable, dataUndertake qualitative and quantitative analysis of a range of issues in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders. This includes research question definition, review of relevant literature, data gathering, application of appropriate theory and empirical analysis, development and assessment of results, and the writing of presentation of reports and other study products to stakeholdersProject Management/Project DesignConsult with PI on a regular basis to develop and update broad experimental plan necessary to achieve overall research goals of laboratoryDevelop, design, perform and analyze laboratory experiments with a high degree of technical competence, sound judgment and independenceDevelop timelines and research criteria for varied research projectsMake recommendations for next steps in projects (procedure, procurement, systems) based on optimal function and cost (working within budgetary constraints)Report outcome from these experiments to PI on a regular basisMeet with laboratory staff and trainees to help plan experimental priorities, provide consulting advice on technical aspects of experiments, and assist in analysis and interpretation of dataLeadershipEnsure other laboratory staff and trainees are able to perform experiments with competence and generate data of high qualityEnsure laboratory is maintained and operated at a standard that allows successful completion of experiments, and meets or exceeds institutional requirementsCoordinate with staff and trainees to ensure shared responsibilities are met so laboratory is maintained to satisfactory standardsProvide assistance toward successful completion of experiments of technical staff and trainees, via regular oversight of their activitiesProvide training, as required for other laboratory membersBehavioral FacilityWork within ACHRI to evaluate and establish appropriate end point behavourial/experimental testing to demonstrate functional phenotypic output for mechanistic studies especially those where an autistic phenotype may be suspectedWorking with ACHRI to ensure the behavior room is well-maintained and functionalProvide necessary training to use the equipment to usersCommunication/ReportingLiaise with PI and Laboratory Manager, staff and trainees to develop overall plans and assist with reporting, analysis and interpretation of experimental results, thereby ensuring the successful completion of research workPresent data and results to PIQualifications / Requirements:Completion of a post-secondary degree at the PhD level in the biomedical sciences (neurosciences, molecular biology and/or physiology)7-10 years of experience, training, and knowledge relevant to the PIs research area; including a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral laboratory research experience requiredA combination of education and experience will be consideredMust be familiar with the following techniques:Histology (Immunohistochemistry, In situ hybridization, Fluorescence microscopy, Electron microscopy)Biochemical (Western blot and ELISA)Molecular (Gene cloning and Work with transgenic animals)Behavioral (Behavioral tests including, Open Field, Fear conditioning test for learning and memory, Y-maze test for learning and memory)In vivo structural and functional imagingElectrophysiology (EEG recordings in freely moving animals)Demonstrated abilities to work independently, use sound judgment and achieve goals in a laboratory setting.Strong skills needed in working with other lab staff in a group environment, providing clear instructions and communicating overall project goals and specific experimental techniquesAbility to communicate results clearly to other lab staff and supervisorStrong analytical skills in reaching sound decisions and resolving complex problemsProficiency in relevant technical softwareProven ability to deliver high quality publications and/or presentationsAdaptable and flexible in a progressive and changing environmentApplication Deadline:April 1, 2020We 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.  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 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.