Job Title:

WCMC Metabolomics Technician


University of Calgary


Calgary, AB

Job Reference:

Job ID #11960

Closing Date:


Position Overview

The Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a WCMC Metabolomics Technician. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The WCMC Metabolomics Technician will operate the high-level instrumentation present in the Calgary Metabolomics Research Facility.  This position will prepare samples, analyze their composition, and interpret complex datasets generated from metabolomics analyses.

Will report to the Principal Investigator.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Perform daily sample preparation tasks
  • Perform daily MS analyses and data analysis tasks
  • Perform biweekly maintenance on instrumentation
  • Report daily/weekly progress to senior CMRF staff; report weekly/monthly to WCMC staff
  • Meet weekly with WCMC researchers
  • Prepare scientific and budgetary reports for WCMC metabolomics projects
  • Help design specialized MS applications to meet the needs of operations, research and services
  • Prepare samples, collect spectra and analyze data as directed by the Principal Investigator
  • Attending and participating in laboratory meetings and professional development activities as directed by the senior research staff
  • Assist in tracking projects and expenses for reporting to the manager(s) including the WCMC consultant
  • Participate in the design and development of precision equipment and processes for metabolomics
  • Recommend changes to methods, procedures, and practices within the metabolomics lab
  • Provision of in-time high quality LC-MS data for metabolome characterization including compound identification and quantification
  • Provision of mass spectrometric data for select projects involving small molecules
  • Maintenance and operation of technical equipment in the laboratory in support of data provision (mass spectrometers, LC systems, informatics installations etc.)
  • Duties may require work in various locations (Biological Sciences and Cumming School of Medicine)
  • Delivery of written and verbal reports to various stakeholders (clients/collaborators)
  • Delivery of financial and operation data/statistics to various stakeholders including Manager and WCMC Consultant

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • MSc or PhD in biochemistry, chemistry, or related discipline
  • A high level of technical competency in biological mass spectrometry. Direct experience in metabolomics is highly desirable
  • Ability to learn specialized bioinformatics techniques. Direct experience is desirable
  • Superior analytical skills with regard to sample handling and preparation
  • Direct expertise in LC-MS: preferably on Thermo Fisher Q-Exactive platforms
  • Strong familiarity with standard bioinformatics tools for biological MS analysis
  • Ability to perform moderate manual activities including filling/moving liquid Nitrogen dewars to support instrument operations
  • In-depth knowledge of theory and practical applications of mass spectrometry and/or metabolism
  • Understanding of safety codes and standards related to specialization
  • Demonstrated communication, organization, problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Must be open to learning and development, willing to accept new challenging assignments and work effectively in a team environment
  • Possess superior communication skills

Application Deadline:  March 10, 2017

We 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 Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.


To Apply, please visit the University of Calgary’s career opportunities page;  Job Opening ID #11960

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. 

About the University of Calgary

The 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 become 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. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Quote Job Reference: Job ID #11960

Posted 2017-01-26

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