Department Lab Technician Leave Replacement
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
1d ago

Job Title

Department Lab Technician Leave Replacement


Administration Department of Materials Engineering Faculty of Applied Science

June 13, 2021

Note : Applications will be accepted until 11 : 59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.


This position provides technical support to the teaching laboratories and research laboratories within the Department of Materials Engineering.

This includes assisting lab instructors in delivery of all undergraduate lab courses by planning, preparing and setting up the teaching laboratory experiments as well as supervision of undergraduate work-study students.

Undergraduate laboratory duties include both specified undergraduate laboratory courses and technical guidance and support for a variety of design projects that may involve experimental work and testing.

Research lab duties include assisting research activities in the department, such as materials properties testing and analysis and materials processing research.

Support for Stores, assist Department Procurement Specialist.

Organizational Status

Performs routine duties independently with minimal guidance from designated lab course instructors, teaching assistants (TAs), departmental workshop staff and Safety Program Officer.

Interacts with faculty, engineering technicians, graduate students in teaching roles and undergraduate students.

Reports to the Senior Supervisor and when in Stores the Department Procurement Specialist.

Work Performed

Support to Undergraduate Teaching Labs and Research Labs :

  • performs various complex technical tasks in preparing, overseeing undergraduate and graduate teaching laboratories.
  • initiates, implements and adapts procedures to meet various situations
  • consults with, and advises, lab course instructors regarding design of experiments and equipment in laboratory teaching
  • analyzes and solves operational and design problems
  • inspects equipment and instrumentation on work performance to ensure that quality and standards are met and that equipment operates within prescribed tolerances
  • prepares documentation and revisions to manuals for TAs
  • coordinates and oversees the set-up of the laboratory experiments
  • provides instructional information and assistance to the lab instructors and TAs
  • demonstrates techniques to students as required
  • advises in ongoing development and efficiencies of laboratory facilities
  • oversees the ordering and upkeep of parts and materials for designated equipment and instruments
  • purchases chemicals and supplies
  • maintains the inventory records of supplies, chemicals and equipment
  • supervises, coordinates and oversees the servicing and maintenance of instruments, ensuring preventative maintenance and routine servicing are conducted
  • assesses instrument performance, trouble-shooting, perform calibrations and minor repairs to instruments
  • administers a log regarding the use and service schedule of instruments and equipment
  • trains authorized researchers on the use of teaching lab equipment
  • Safety :

  • serves as an active member of the Materials Health & Safety committee and related subcommittees
  • serves as Floor Warden
  • assists and advises on safety issues within the Undergraduate Teaching Labs
  • ensures safe working conditions are followed and promotes safe work practices in compliance with UBC, WCB and WHMIS in the UG Teaching labs
  • monitors, authorizes and coordinates storage and maintenance of hazardous materials in the UG teaching labs
  • maintains hazardous materials inventory for teaching labs and departmental shared lab facilities
  • provides technical support in laboratory safety and working with hazardous materials
  • maintains MSDS sheets in teaching labs and departmental shared lab facilities
  • participates in safety orientation in the teaching labs
  • acts as back up to the Safety Program Officer
  • Consequence of Error / Judgement

    Responsible for decisions regarding daily operation of laboratories. Takes initiative in determining space and equipment requirements, experimental time frames, taking in account the financial aspects involved and whether hazards may be involved.

    Mistakes could affect integrity of academic education. Also experimental results could be affected leading to loss of time and financial shortfalls.

    Responsible for ensuring safe practices are in place in compliance with WCB and WHMIS required by all persons working in laboratories within area of responsibility.

    Mistakes could result in human health and safety risks in the laboratories in the Frank Forward building

    These decisions could ultimately affect the faculty, department and / or researcher's financial budgets.

    Supervision Received

    Directly supervised by Senior Supervisor. When setting up and running labs, faculty members in charge of each lab course will provide supervision.

    When in Stores, supervision will be provided by Department Procurement Specialist.

    Supervision Given

    The technician acts in a supervisory capacity particularly when providing independent guidance, direction or information to undergraduate students and teaching staff (e.

    g. teaching assistants). When acting in this role, it also includes responsibility for safety of students. The technician will ensure that safety rules and safe work procedures are followed including proper use of personal protective equipment.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Completion of a university degree in a relevant discipline or technical program and a minimum four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Some positions may require a graduate degree.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Ability to exercise a considerable amount of judgment, responsibility and initiative in the use of protocols and in coordinating various on-going functions and activities in the teaching laboratories.

    Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal, decision-making, and organizational skills are also required as well as a good work ethic, accuracy, attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, and to work both independently and within a team environment.

    Ability to operate and routinely maintain laboratory equipment, analytical instruments and apparatus and procedures used in conducting undergraduate laboratories and research.

  • The instruments and equipment include materials properties testing and analysis (including physical metallurgy, metallography, destructive testing and non-destructive testing);
  • hydrometallurgical extraction experimentation; pyrometallurgical extraction experimentation and; associated analytical chemistry.

  • Familiarity with the following equipment and procedures would be an asset : mechanical testing machines, hardness testers, tensile and impact testing equipment;
  • metallographic sample grinding and polishing; optical microscope with digital camera and image analysis software; high temperature furnaces;
  • pH meters; atomic absorption analysis instrumentation, and electrochemical equipment.

    The technician will possess or acquire, and maintain skills in the following areas : software (both general, such as word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel) and PowerPoint programs as well as software used to control instruments).

    An extensive knowledge of HSE, WCB, WHMIS and all aspects of safety regulations related to working with chemicals and hazardous materials.

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