St. John's - Newfoundland And Labrador (NL),

Memorial University

Job Description:

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Science and the Environment at Grenfell Campus, the successful applicant will perform professional work in a research support capacity including operation and management of a suite of laboratory and field research equipment for soil, plant and water analysis. The research coordinator will be integrated into a multidisciplinary team that supports whole system and targeted scientific inquiries in Agriculture and Forestry. As such, the coordinator will offer technical support in the development and implementation of field and laboratory experimental strategies in the biology and chemistry of soil, plants, and water with special emphasis on microbiology and molecular biology. The coordinator will be in charge of daily maintenance of equipment and ensure proper QC/QA protocols are in place. Duties include maintaining the laboratories and instruments at optimal performance levels; ensuring the quality of the analytical data; consulting with instrument engineers for trouble-shooting and repairs; performing data acquisition and processing for agricultural and forestry applications with university and partner institution researchers; and

other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS Experience (1-3 years) in a laboratory technical capacity; completion of a Masters in a relevant discipline; or any equivalent combination of experience and training. Ability to operate, troubleshoot and perform minor repairs for the following instruments: Autoanalyzer (segmented) and LACHAT (continuous) flow analyzers; Li-cor instruments; ability to configure, implement and monitor complex field sampling equipment (ie). sensors, multiplexer and datalogger integrated systems) for soil, plant and water monitoring; ability to conduct analytical method development and validation of protocols for soil, plant and water analyses; experience in microbial and/or molecular techniques pertaining to DNA/RNA, ddPCR, qPCR, cytometer and microscopy; ensure the appropriate QC/QA controls are in place; ability to assist in the development of field sampling strategies; ability to research the literature for methods development and other forms of technical support; and the ability to work with diverse research scientists, faculty and graduate students in the support, design, execution and prioritization of experiments in the lab environment.

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