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Lab Technician, Anthropology & Archaeology, Faculty of Arts

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Job ID: 14268

Updated: November 30, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Anthropology & Archaeology in the Faculty of Arts is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Lab Technician for approximately 6.5 months.

This position reports to the Manager, Administrative Services, and will support the research mission of the lab through the performance of technical tasks. The Lab Technician is responsible for the management, maintenance and control of the laboratory.  They will develop and/or assist with the plans and designs necessary for running a primatology lab and applies specialized skills and knowledge to maintain the complex network of research projects that are conducted.

Position Description

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

  • Behavioral ecology and life history data are collected and collated from team members in the field and uploaded into a collaborative database
  • Climate data are acquired from national weather services & local park personnel
  • Nutritional data are acquired from plant samples
  • Genetic and hormonal data are acquired from fecal samples
  • Long-term, complex, multi-user, relational databases are designed, developed, maintained and made accessible to members of the lab and collaborators
  • Efficient and accurate queries are designed for summarizing and presenting very large datasets using tools such as Microsoft Access and R Statistical Software.
  • Data acquisition systems are designed and implemented on hand-held devices
  • Statistical analyses are conducted and graduate students are trained in quantitative procedures
  • Nutritional, genetic and hormonal analyses are conducted in conjunction with collaborating laboratories
  • Editing and statistical support for team members' manuscripts is provided
  • Manuscripts may be co-authored
  • Field equipment is purchased and maintained
  • Grant accounts are managed (expense claims are properly submitted, monthly shadow accounts are provided to the Faculty Professor)

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Master's level post-graduate education (MSc or MA) 
  • A strong science background with experience in behavioral ecology research
  • Technical expertise in database design and measurement, ethological procedures, biological field methods, and skills in statistical analyses
  • Knowledge of relevant literature
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, university on-line procedures for managing grant accounts and purchasing field equipment and controlling project finances
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills

Application Deadline:  November 16, 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 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. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.


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