Senior Research Technician, Biochemistry

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Senior Research Technician, Biochemistry to work in an industry-driven research environment.  Vineland is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation. Located in Canada’s Niagara Region, on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa and Haudenosaunee peoples, this territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. 

Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative products and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship. Our staff enjoys an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Vineland is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and others.  In accordance with all applicable provincial accessibility standards, accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below. We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The term of appointment for this position is from May 2022 to March 31, 2024.

Duties & Responsibilities

This position is responsible for laboratory work required to fulfill the Biochemistry group’s role in Vineland research projects across multiple programs. Under the direction of the Research Scientist, Biochemistry, the role’s primary focus will involve preparing and analyzing plant metabolite extracts using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

(A more comprehensive position outline is available upon request)

  • Handle and prepare samples for mass spectrometry-based metabolite profiling and other biochemical assays
  • Operate and perform routine maintenance on UPLC-MS and GC-MS systems
  • Develop and optimize new analytical methods to benefit horticulture
  • Keep accurate hard copy and electronic laboratory records of methods, data and results
  • Manage laboratory inventory and order supplies
  • Maintain a safe and clean laboratory workspace
  • Contribute to publications of research in scientific journals and industry trade magazines
  • Represent Vineland in presentations and other interactions with stakeholders
  • Some greenhouse and field work will be required

Qualifications

  • MSc in biochemistry, chemistry, biology or related discipline
  • Minimum of five years related experience in a research and development or quality control environment
  • Hands-on experience operating and maintaining gas and/or liquid chromatography system(s) coupled to mass spectrometer(s)
  • Demonstrated experience of independent laboratory work
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • A passion for research projects at the interface of chemistry and biology
  • Familiarity with Waters Masslynx software and/or Bruker MS Workstation is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with plant sciences/agricultural research
  • Ability to work independently with the capability of creating extended work plans in consultation with the Research Scientist
  • Project management skills is preferred

INCLUDE:

  • A cover letter stating how your experience qualifies you for the position 
  • Résumé
  • Contact information of three references
Contract Position
Closing date: Open until filled
Location: 4890 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, ON L0R 2E0

Apply Today

Please fill out the online application for this position. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship.

Our staff enjoys outstanding benefits and an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing all set against a backdrop of natural beauty.

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