The Pantophlet Lab at SFU-Burnaby is seeking a Research Technician/Assistant to critically support ongoing NIH- and CIHR-funded research on flu and HIV vaccine design. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Most of the work will involve a variety of molecular biology, biochemistry and immunology techniques with emphasis on gene cloning and mutagenesis, mammalian cell culture, protein purification and multicolor flow cytometry but also including ELISAs and various bioassays. The main project will be to assist in furthering projects to elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies to key target sites on the envelope spikes of flu and HIV-1.
Some techniques to be used will be relatively new to the lab and thus a high level of attention to detail, accuracy and repeatability as well as problem solving and troubleshooting skills are required. The incumbent is therefore expected to assist in the design of experiments if needed and present data to other lab members and the Principal Investigator (in person or lab meetings). More generally, the incumbent is expected to assist in the overall care, maintenance and organization of lab supplies, equipment and samples, and maintain meticulous records of work performed. Assistance with coordinating, monitoring and ensuring the implementation and enforcement of laboratory safety rules and procedures is also expected.
Preferred: A Master's degree in a related discipline (immunology, cell biology) with a minimum of 2 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum qualifications: Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical College or Institute with a minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Co-op work experience would be an asset.
Required technical and personal proficiency/ability:
- Excellent and broad working knowledge of cell culture maintenance and techniques.
- High level of attention to detail.
- Excellent problem solving and trouble shooting skills.
- Effective interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with minimum supervision.
- Effective oral and written communication (English) and organizational skills.
- Demonstrable ability to work within a team environment.
- Ability to work within a flexible schedule including some weekends, evenings or early mornings.
- Comfortable working hands-on with human and animal blood products (serum, tissue).
- Demonstrated ability to properly record, calculate,plot and display experimental results using graphical computer software.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Canadian work permit holders are encouraged to apply and will be given priority; however, all qualified applicants will be considered.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
All applicants must submit: a detailed academic CV, a 250-350 word statement of intent specifically clarifying their career goals and how joining the Pantophlet lab fits within those goals, and the names of three references with ability to speak to the applicant's current research skills and (academic) training. Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of excellent English proficiency in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking (IELTS Band Score 8 or better). English proficiency tests (academic NOT general) must be from October 2017 or later.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience
Application packages should be addressed to Dr. Ralph Pantophlet: rpantophlet[at]sfu.ca