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Laboratory Supervisor

by Western University

Reference #: 18743
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Mar 13, 2020
Experience: 3 Years
Education: Masters or PhD
Western University

Job Description

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.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is a large, diverse, and comprehensive unit, comprised of six Schools (Nursing, Kinesiology, Health Studies, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders), a large Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and four Research Centres. The Faculty has more than 3,200 undergraduate students and more than 800 graduate students (200 PhD students).

The School of Kinesiology at Western will be recognized globally as a leader in research and education through a multidisciplinary approach to Kinesiology. The School of Kinesiology at Western advocates the benefits of physical activity to society by providing a multidisciplinary approach to discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge about human movement and its effects.  It also has a history of disciplinary (e.g. biomechanics, exercise physiology, history, management, psychology, sociology) around physical activity.

• The school will continue to excel in discipline specific research and knowledge mobilization on the benefits of physical activity as prevention, treatment, and lifestyle across the lifespan.
• We will continue to support and respect all types of research knowledge from basic science to applied perspectives. In addition, we will move towards integrating our disciplines to address key societal issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
• We will continue to advance strong research programs within the disciplines that foster collaborative, integrated thinking.

The Laboratory Supervisor will apply their technical expertise and knowledge to the ongoing research and teaching laboratories in the School of Kinesiology. The incumbent will provide effective and efficient management of the laboratory facilities in all respects, and ensure that faculty members and students have the required information, guidance, documentation, and resources required.  Under the direction of faculty researchers, Director or School Manager, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation and maintenance of the laboratory facilities and equipment including maintaining and purchasing research equipment, consumable supplies, chemicals and radioactive materials.  The Laboratory Supervisor will act as a point person for health and safety issues, conduct inspections to ensure safe laboratory practices are employed, and assist in the resolution of issues that arise in the laboratories including troubleshooting and repairing minor technical problems with equipment and coordinating repairs through preferred vendor as required. The incumbent will also contribute to the research mandate of the School of Kinesiology through the coding of data collected through eight research labs, participate in the development of protocols, perform laboratory techniques, and train staff, students and other users of the facility.

-   Master’s degree in Health Sciences, Engineering, or a related field

-   3 years’ experience working in a research and teaching environment and with the design, build and repair of technical devices/equipment and in troubleshooting computer hardware and software
-   Experience with qualitative data coding for further research analysis
-   Experience generating reports and proposals
-   Previous research experience and/or training related to Health Sciences is preferred
-   Experience working in inter-disciplinary teams of researchers and non-academic partners is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-   In-depth knowledge of research principles and techniques in their area of specialty
-   Familiarity with preventative maintenance techniques and practices
-   Excellent troubleshooting ability along with hands-on expertise in technical support
-   Demonstrated ability to research/investigate issues and resolve problems
-   Knowledge of general laboratory procedures
-   Ability to provide guidance on the proper and safe use of materials and equipment and to adhere to legislated safety requirements and Western safety policies
-   Familiarity with methods for research design, implementation, and analysis
-   Communication skills to describe technical concepts effectively to both novice and sophisticated users
-   Ability to write clear, concise and accurate procedural documentation
-   Ability to process information with high levels of accuracy
-   Ability and willingness to stay abreast of technological developments
-   Demonstrated ability to apply creativity, innovation and resourcefulness to daily work
-   Strong attention to detail and proofreading abilities with an excellent command of the English language
-   Ability to work in a fluid and challenging work environment with changing deadlines
-   Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet tight deadlines and adapt to growth and change
-   Self-driven, independent thinker who is highly motivated and possesses an intrinsic passion for quality
-   Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative and follow through on work assignments
-   Possesses a reputation for resourcefulness with a strong sense of accountability and initiative
-   Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to coach team members as well as support internal/external clients
-   Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop effective, professional, mutually beneficial relationships with varied stakeholders (e.g. academics, students, service providers, policy makers)
-   Ability to provide guidance, support and feedback in a way that is positively received
-   Advanced skills in software and applications used to produce and analyze research outcomes (Microsoft Office Suite, NVivo, SPSS, etc.)

Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference #18743, by midnight on March 27, 2020.

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, Aboriginal 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 at or phone 519-661-2194.