Laboratory Technician – Bacteriology
University of Guelph
Laboratory Technician – Bacteriology
If you’re a qualified Laboratory Technologist looking to contribute to animal health, here’s an exciting opportunity to do so at the University of Guelph, as part of the Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) Bacteriology Section.
As a Laboratory Technician, you will perform both complex and routine testing on a wide variety of samples and, in so doing, play a key role in supporting the Laboratory Services Division’s values: Client Centred, Integrity, Individuals Matter, Shared Responsibility, and Committed to Evolving. Your varied duties in the AHL Bacteriology laboratory will range from the receipt of samples and their log-in into a computerized laboratory tracking system (LIMS), to the preparation and examination of primary bacterial cultures for the isolation and identification of bacterial and fungal pathogens by morphologic, biochemical, serologic and microscopic characteristics, in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Your key responsibilities as a Laboratory Technician – Bacteriology will also include:
• performing appropriate antimicrobial susceptibility tests;
• preparing diagnostic reagents;
• maintaining records, and lab equipment;
• participating in quality assurance of laboratory procedures;
• performing inventory control;
• processing samples according to Ontario Hatchery and Supply Flock Policy (OHSFP) requirements;
• performing nucleic acid extraction;
• performing conventional and real-time PCR;
• interpreting, and reporting on, test results; and
• developing, validating and implementing new tests.
You must be available to work 5 days per week, from Monday to Friday and/or Tuesday to Saturday, 7 hours a day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To assume the role of Laboratory Technician, Bacteriology, you must have:
• A 3-year community college diploma in laboratory technology or a related program, combined with one (1) year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Certification as a Medical Laboratory Technologist, preferred.
• Demonstrated working experience in veterinary mastitis bacteriology and molecular biology techniques.
• Experience in Salmonella spp. Culture.
• Experience using semi-automated systems for bacterial identification (i.e. MALDI-TOF MS) and susceptibility testing.
• Experience performing conventional and real-time PCR.
• Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills, in order to work effectively with clients, co-workers, and students.
• Basic microcomputer skills.
• Good understanding of Occupational Health and Safety and WHMIS legislation in a laboratory environment.
NOTE: You must be, or be willing to be, rabies vaccinated.
The University of Guelph (www.uoguelph.ca) is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.
To view a detailed posting for the role of Laboratory Technician, Bacteriology, including application instructions, please go to our website at www.uoguelph.ca/jobs. Applications, quoting Hiring #2019-0128, must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.