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Laboratory Technician (onsite)

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Laboratory Technician (onsite)

Date Posted: 05/13/2024
Req ID: 37306
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Chemistry
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Position Number: 00054889


About us:

The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada’s leading university and one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world. The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and 46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs.

We can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflect the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking and collaboration. At Arts & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

Established in 1859, the Department of Chemistry is one of the leading institutions of its kind in Canada – featuring teaching excellence, advanced research facilities and development of distinguished scientists in the past and for the future. Our department has a wide variety of services including chemical stores, NMR lab, X-ray analysis lab and a mass spectrometry lab. These resources, combined with our ambition and excitement, create an ideal place to work, research and make an impact in scientific education.

Your opportunity:

Under the general direction of the Manager, Chem-Labs Technical Support and Supplies, and working closely with the Associate Chair of the Undergraduate Program, the incumbent provides technical services for undergraduate labs, including but not limited to designing and implementing new lab experiments for undergraduate courses, preparing solutions and the stocking of chemicals, assisting in administrative duties of undergraduate courses, answering technical question, calibrating and conducting preventative maintenance of laboratory equipment, assisting in the selection of new equipment, and assisting in the operation of the Chemistry Stores facility.

Since handling and working with hazardous materials (chemicals and biological samples) is a large component of this job, the incumbent must must have demonstrated knowledge of spillresponse, hazardous waste management, SDSs, PPE, and must observe all health and safety practices during the normal course of the work. In addition, the incumbent must report equipment malfunctions, Infrastructure deficiencies, unusual occurrences, and potentially hazardous situations to the manager immediately.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Performing lab experiments that requires great precision and attention to many details
  • Constructing proof of concept experiments to test different elements of the process
  • Setting-up lab/workshop according to research and/or course schedules
  • Providing detailed explanations and demonstrating procedures to students and/or employees on labtechniques, experimental procedures and protocols
  • Modifying and testing experiments to determine practicality
  • Developing and implementing components of instructional programs
  • Preparing, assembling and setting-up material, equipment and supplies used in teaching and/or research labs
  • Ensuring the safe handling of specialized lab equipment and materials while operating within close proximity to others

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or an acceptable combination of equivalent experience and education. Master's degree in Chemistry or higher is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum three years of recent and relevant experience in providing technical and oversight support in an Undergraduate Chemistry teaching laboratory, including providing technical support to undergraduate students, handling standard chemistry laboratory instruments and designing lab experiments for instructional purposes.
  • Experience in calculating, scaling, preparing, and assembling solutions, materials, supplies, and equipment used for Chemistry labs
  • Experience in operating, maintaining, and trouble-shooting laboratory equipment including personal computer; photocopier; analytical instruments such as FTIR, UV-Vis, and AA/AE, gas, ion and liquid chromatographs; pH, ion selective, and reference electrodes; auto-titrators.
  • Experience in maintaining and performing function checks on computers and data acquisition instrumentation
  • Experience in dealing with chemicals for hazardous materials such as chemicals and biologicals
  • Experience with inventory management database
  • Experience in designing and implementing components of instructional programs including undergraduate chemistry laboratory experiments
  • Experience preparing draft statistical reports and summaries from data collected
  • Experience developing a manual on best practices for lab operations
  • Proven experience providing detailed explanations and demonstrating procedures to students and/or employees on lab techniques, experimental procedures and protocols
  • Ability to organize, coordinate and effectively communicate activities as they relate to students.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience in safe working with hazardous materials (chemicals and biologicals) and analytical equipment.
  • Proven knowledge of Health and Safety procedures, such as, but not limited to, the ability to interpret SDS information and apply safety controls within the experimental design
  • Excellent lab equipment maintenance and basic troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Basic computer skills and proficiency with Windows operating software, basic networking and file sharing, archiving of data, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, MS Outlook.
  • Excellent manual dexterity is required.
  • Ability to work with care and accuracy
  • Ability to lift and move equipment and bulk chemicals

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Accountable
  • Communicator
  • Cooperative
  • Efficient
  • Meticulous
  • Organized

Closing Date: 05/22/2024, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 11 -- $73,748 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $94,310. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching

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

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The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

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The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

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