Laboratory Technician


The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience. Job Summary The Laboratory Technician will support a project involved in monitoring the surface contamination of hazardous drugs in healthcare facilities. The incumbent is primarily responsible for the preparation and analysis of the surface contamination study samples.

The Laboratory Technician will work in the Occupational and Environmental Health lab; a research and teaching lab within the School of Population and Public Health. The lab is involved in method development and sampling for many occupational and environmental hazards. Organizational Status Housed within the Faculty of Medicine, the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) is an innovative unit that encompasses many of the health-related groupings at UBC as a collaborative venture. The School is structured around four divisions: Occupational and Environmental Health; Health Services and Policy; Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Practice; and Health in Populations. The resulting mix of professions and disciplines is seen as a means of connecting individuals and learners to galvanize the relationship between health research, public health and health services and to enhance learning. Work Performed The Laboratory Technician will perform the following duties:

- Perform extraction of received wipe samples.
- Follow OEH lab standard operating procedure (SOP) when analyzing extracted samples by LC/MS/MS.
- Analyze acquired LC/MS/MS data for each run, including calibration, quality control spikes, recovery, etc.
- Perform LC/MS/MS maintenance - prepare mobile phases, monitor pump/column pressure, tune MS, etc.
- Prepare results for reporting to field sites.
- Following OEH lab SOP, prepare sampling kits for shipping to field sites.
- Prepare calibration solutions and quality control solutions
- Conduct basic laboratory housekeeping tasks - cleaning glassware, archiving samples, receiving shipments.
- Other laboratory-related work as required by investigators Supervision Received The Laboratory Technician will report to the Occupational and Environmental Health Lab Manager. They will be required to work independently as well as within a team environment. Supervision Given The Laboratory Technician may assist in supervising students performing basic tasks in the lab. Consequence of Error/Judgement The work performed follows established protocols and techniques. The candidate will work within these guidelines, but exercise judgment in establishing priorities and carrying tasks through to completion. New or unusual problems are referred to supervisor. Errors in sample preparation may result in significant harm to the overall project, as sample collection is difficult to repeat.

This position will be responsible for access, collection, use and disclosure of personal information in accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSBC 1996) and other UBC privacy and security policies. This position requires employees to work under strict confidentiality requirements; internal procedures and policies to protect personal information must be followed and adherence to these requirements will be regularly reviewed by the employer. Qualifications Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. University degree in relevant field (Chemistry, Biochemistry) preferred. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience operating analytical chemistry instrumentation including LC/MS/MS. Experience in volumetric analytical chemistry techniques (making solutions, pipetting, using balances, creating calibration curves). Experience implementing written lab protocols. Experience keeping a detailed and up to date lab notebook. Knowledge of basic analytical chemistry concepts (external/internal calibration, isotopically labelled standards, recovery calculation). Strong computer literacy including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet resource use. Ability to be thorough, accurate, and have a high level of attention to detail. Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. .
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.