Job Title:

Research Associate


University of Calgary


Calgary, AB

Job Reference:


Closing Date:


Job ID  15952

Position Overview 

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position will involve predominantly wet-lab experimental work (molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology and cell biology) culturing cells, microscopy, animal experimentation (mouse) and work with BSL-2 oncolytic viruses.

Work intensity is variable and may on occasion require extended hours into evenings and weekends.  Work in the laboratory environment involves potential exposure to typical risks of standard laboratory equipment and hazardous materials.

This position will report to the Principal Investigator.

Position Description 

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

  • Performs laboratory experiments with a high level of technical competence
  • Presents technical information and results to Principal Investigator
  • Performing wet-lab experimental work (basic molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology, etc.) culturing cells, microscopy, and work with BSL-2 oncolytic viruses
  • Conduct literature review, surveys, laboratory experiments and other research for us in scholarly publications when required to
  • Reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment
  • Trains other staff and students in the operation of equipment and laboratory protocols
  • Use of various biological samples (eg. tissues, blood, urine, etc)
  • Keep laboratory and work area clean and safe
  • Establishes and maintains effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor and senior management and with the campus community
  • Manages own time effectively and ensures immediate reports to manager is kept informed of activities, and progress of work
  • Demonstrated strong communication, team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • Understanding of safety codes, standards, and systems related to specialization

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Completion of a PhD degree
  • Minimum 5 years of technical experience and completion of post-secondary education in related discipline
  • 1 to 3 years of related technical experience within the research specialty field
  • Expertise in the following areas
  • Oncolytic virus therapy, flow cytometry, animal experimentation, T cell activity assays,  immunofluorescence and immunoblotting,  genetic engineering,  general molecular biology including cloning, general biochemistry and cell biology and in particular methods of analysis for monitoring cell death
  • Demonstrated abilities to work effectively and achieve goals in a laboratory setting
  • Knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Provide semi-skilled to skilled technical procedures to support the research project
  • Operate and maintain complex technical equipment
  • Work with various biological samples (eg. blood, tissues, urine, etc)
  • Demonstrated strong communication, team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet skills
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success

Business address: 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4

Contact information: hrhire @

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 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, visit

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.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I. (Salary range $24.15 - $35.13/hour)


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No).

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 

To Apply, please visit the University of Calgary’s career opportunities page;   Job Opening ID #15952

Quote Job Reference: 15952

Posted 2018-07-19

Related jobs by Indeed job search

Return to | Add a Job | Return to Category: Other