Laboratory Technician (Grant-Funded Opportunity)

Updated: 4 months ago
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Our lab is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and collaborative environment for research and training. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.

Please Include: 1) Cover letter that outlines how your experiences meet the stated essential qualifications; 2) Curriculum vitae; and 3) Contact information of three references (must include name, affiliation, and email address) Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.












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Carleton is a smart, caring and connected community that inspires and empowers individuals to become change leaders who drive impact in the world. Carleton's faculty and staff strive to provide a superior learning experience for our learners who hail from every province and from over 100 countries around the world. Situated on a beautiful campus bordered by the Rideau River and Canal, Carleton is just minutes from the heart of our nation's government and enjoys easy access to the many organizations, associations and businesses which thrive in Ottawa.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Bruin lab ( is recruiting a part-time (20-32 hours/week) laboratory technician to assist with diverse research projects investigating pancreatic beta cell loss and dysfunction in diabetes. The successful candidate will be involved in various aspects of managing the laboratory, including training/supervising undergraduate and graduate students, conducting in vivo and in vitro experiments, data analysis, and general lab maintenance. The candidate will also be expected to participate in and present data at lab meetings, maintain detailed lab records, and prepare written reports.

This work will involve a variety of techniques, including (but not limited to):
• Mouse models: basic animal handling, blood collection, metabolic testing (e.g. glucose and insulin tolerance tests), pancreatic duct injections, islet cell isolation, breeding and transgenic colony maintenance.
• Mammalian tissue culture: human stem cell differentiation, immortalized cell lines, primary islet culture.
• Histology: immunocytochemistry, microscopy.
• Molecular Biology / Biochemistry: DNA and RNA isolation, qPCR, ELISA, genotyping.


The incumbent must possess the following qualifications:
• Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline OR graduation from a technical college or institute.
• Hands-on experience working with rodents.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Detailed record keeping and organizational skills; accuracy and attention to detail is required.
• Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.

Education and Experience:

The above is normally acquired through the completion of:

HR Note:

Equivalencies will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide information which may demonstrate equivalent qualifications. Please note that applicants may be required to complete an employment test as part of the selection process for this position. Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be requested to contact the Human Resource Advisor assigned to this competition as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to accommodate your request in a timely manner. Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Important Note Regarding Pandemic Related Operations:

This position is required to work on campus. Exceptionally, since March 2020, many staff and faculty at Carleton University have been working from home in order to comply with public health requirements while continuing to provide services to support the operational functioning of the university. We are currently in the process of identifying positions that need to work on campus as part of our return to campus process. This position may be required to work temporarily remotely due to public health requirements or it may have been identified as one of the roles that are required to work on campus. If this position is required to work on campus, the successful candidate will be informed of the health and safety measures that are in place to ensure their safety on campus. If there is a requirement to work remotely (it is possible that there could be a requirement to work both remotely and on campus), the successful candidate will work with the manager to set up a remote work environment including discussing appropriate technology and requirements. Please note that once public health requirements permit, Carleton University will resume normal on campus operations and at that point there will be a timely notification provided by the manager and the requirement to working full time physically onsite will resume. Therefore, we are looking for candidates currently in or looking to relocate to the Ottawa area.

Additionally, Carleton University is continuing to maintain a safe work environment and requires mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 as per Public Health recommendations under the Reopening Ontario Act. As Carleton University requires that staff be available to attend on-campus meetings and to work, as required, in person, the successful candidate will be required to comply with this policy and be fully vaccinated before commencing employment. Subject to permitted exemptions under the Ontario Human Rights Code, if you are the successful candidate, your offer of employment will be conditional upon you attesting that you are fully vaccinated with a course of vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada and submitting appropriate proof of vaccination.

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