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Research Technician II (Sleep & Electrophysiology Laboratory)

by Western University

Reference #: 35351
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: May 13, 2024
Western University

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35 

Salary Grade: Level O

Please note: This is a grant-funded position. 

About Western

With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.

About Us

Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. From fundamental to applied discovery, its researchers advance knowledge that provides tangible benefits for the economic, social, health and cultural development of citizens in London, in Canada and around the world. While the University has achieved acclaim for research in a full complement of disciplines, it has identified signature areas in which global-scale clusters of research excellence have been established, including Neuroscience/Brain & Mind. 


The Research Technician will be a member of the human cognitive neuroscience team, and support the work of Western researchers, trainees and students. The role will be responsible for troubleshooting issues, supporting the maintenance and assisting with the effective and efficient operation of sleep, electrophysiology, and fNIRS equipment within the Laboratory. The Research Technician will ensure faculty members, postdoctoral scholars and students have the required information, supplies and resources required to support their research activities. The role will contribute to ensuring that appropriate laboratory practices are employed, and assist in the resolution of issues that arise. The role will, when required, also participate in collecting data and will train staff, students and other users of the facility in the proper use of research equipment as needed and coordinate the use of equipment for studies. The Research Technician will help to develop and amend standard operating protocols for EEG, Sleep and fNIRS equipment as necessary, and will liaise with the Facilities Manager as needed to ensure coordination in procedures and policies, and efficient running of the human cognitive neuroscience facility as an integrated unit. 



  • 4 year Undergraduate Degree in Psychology, physiology, neuroscience, engineering, computer science or related field


  • 2 years experience working in a research-intensive laboratory environment in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, brain imaging and electroencephalogram testing
  • Experience operating and maintaining equipment and instrumentation such as behavior, psychophysics, motion capture, functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation, sensorimotor robotic systems

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Familiarity with methods for research design, implementation, and analysis
  • Knowledge of common laboratory practices, safe handling procedures, WHMIS and MSDS
  • Excellent troubleshooting ability, knowledge of preventative maintenance techniques and practices, along with hands-on expertise in technical support
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts and laboratory techniques
  • Ability to investigate defined issues, solicit input, and suggest remedies and alternative approaches that meet the needs of the situation
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues with lab preparation, set-up, scheduling conflicts and clean-up with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, meet tight deadlines and adapt to changing and competing priorities from multiple stakeholders
  • Communication skills to describe technical concepts effectively to both novice and sophisticated users
  • Ability to write clear, concise and accurate procedural documentation
  • Ability and willingness to employ a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues, managing conflict and making decisions
  • Ability to follow formal business practices with high attention to detail
  • Computer skills with the ability to learn and use software programs
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and applications used in programming (e.g., E-Prime, MATLAB, Python, SuperLab, Presentation)
  • Personable and courteous in working relationships with colleagues, students and the public

Union Statement

Western welcomes applications from all qualified individuals; however, it is the university's policy to give first consideration to all qualified UWOSA applicants.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

Interested applicants are asked to visit for further information and to apply online referencing job #35351 by midnight on May 24, 2024. 

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.