Research Associate (Biomonitoring Technician)

Wilfrid Laurier University


May 18, 2022


Research Associate (Biomonitoring Technician)

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Date: May 4, 2022

Location: Other, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Department: Office of Research Services

Job Type: Limited Term

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time (>=1249 hrs/year)

Campus: Other

Reports to: Manager, Research Partnerships

Employee Group: Other

Application Deadline: May 18, 2022

Requisition ID: 3414

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact. With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier's thriving community has a place for everyone.

Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well locations in Kitchener and Milton. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace, a flexible work policy and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier's Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

Position Summary

Global Water Futures (GWF) is a multi-institutional research program that is funded in part by a $77.8-million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The overarching goal of the program is to deliver risk management solutions - informed by leading-edge water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools - to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment. As a core GWF partner, Laurier researchers lead several multi-year research projects situated throughout the Northwest Territories; the institution employs several Research Associates to support the research goals and commitments.

The Research Associate will be part of a highly productive team of university researchers focused on the biomonitoring of ecosystem health in the Northwest Territories and involved in investigations of the responses of diverse biota to environmental changes and resource development. In addition, the incumbent will operate and maintain equipment, and provide guidance and oversight of student activities. As well, providing assistance with data analysis and interpretation are integral components of the position.

The position can be based at Laurier's Yellowknife office. The incumbent will assist in the co-ordination of, and will participate directly in, field-level assessments at various Northern locations and will participate in laboratory analyses where appropriate. This position will be required to travel and participate in field work that is expected to occur a few times per year. This may include several weeks of time in remote locations each travel period.



  • Maintains, operates, or installs field instrumentation and conducts field work for sample collections of fish, invertebrates, or abiotic samples for water and sediment quality analyses;

  • Trains and supervises undergraduate and graduate students, and partnership members as required, in field collection techniques in summer and winter conditions;

  • Works in field conditions with collaborating partners, including community members and partnering institutions;

  • Liaises with other academic, government and Indigenous community members as appropriate and under the guidance of the Principal Investigators;

  • Maintains high degree of consideration for self and team safety in extreme field environments.

  • Laboratory Work:

  • Trains and supervises undergraduate and graduate students in relevant laboratory techniques;

  • Liaises with technical support personnel on and off campus as required;

  • Organizes and conducts laboratory analyses in consultation with the Principal Investigators and partners; participates in problem-solving as required.

  • Data Analysis:

  • Assists in data analysis and interpretation;

  • Organizes, structures, and summarizes collected data, in the form of spreadsheets, databases, and reports using appropriate software;

  • Works closely with other data managers in the GWF project to ensure data access, appropriate platforms for data management, etc.

  • Efficient use of Excel and Word and uses statistical and related software as appropriate.

  • Administrative:

  • Helps in shaping and designing project goals and long term objectives and actions;

  • Strong interpersonal skills for interactions with community members and partner organizations;

  • Assistsin preparing annual reports, presentations, manuscripts for peer review, proposals and budgets relating to project;

  • Collaborates with other technicians, principal investigators, etc., on various aspects of Global Water Futures as well as with other intersecting laboratories at Laurier and partner organizations.

  • Qualifications
  • Minimum MSc in biological sciences, preferably with extensive research on fish and/or invertebrates and ecotoxicology-related fields of study;

  • At least two (2) years' experience working in a comparable research environment with knowledge of aquatic ecosystem science and environmental toxicology;

  • Work/educational experience and understanding of multi-disciplinary projects in animal biology;

  • Strong leadership skills and independence;

  • Proven ability to work in a team environment withPrincipal Investigators, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other scientists, partner organizations and community members;

  • Ability to positively interact and work with members of communities and partner organizations;

  • Excellent analytical and computer skills;

  • Experience and confidence in field-based work with preference for remote locations and/or northern environments;

  • Interest in and ability to work and live in remote areas in the north for periods of time (weeks);

  • Experience working in/with remote northern communities an asset;

  • Lived experience as an Indigenous persons (First Nations, Metis, Inuit and/or Metis) and hold connection to Indigenous communities, employ Indigenous research and teaching methodologies, and/or have notable scholarly outputs recognized by Indigenous scholars an asset;

  • Demonstrated experience in significant data management an asset;

  • Experience in writing lab reports and research papers, and making presentations;

  • A valid G driver's license is required and willingness to travel and work in northern locations;

  • Willingness and ability to operate snowmobiles and/or small boats in field environments.

  • Hours of work: Regular hours of work are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm. However, irregular hours of work are expected for any necessary travel for field work or meetings at northern locations and the hours of work per day will be dictated by the field work. It is expected that this irregular schedule would occur for a few consecutive days possibly 3-4 times per year.


    $65,000 - $75,000 per year

    All Laurier employees and students are required to comply with the University's Covid-19 mandatory vaccination policy. Effective May 1st, Wilfrid Laurier University will pause its proof of vaccination requirements. Should these recommendations change, vaccination requirements can be reinstated on short notice. Community members should remain up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

    Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.

    Equity, diversity and creating a culture of inclusion are part of Laurier's core values and central to the Laurier Strategy. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any minority sexual and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Candidates from other equity deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity & Accessibility. We have strived to make our application process accessible, however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources. Contact information can be found at apply/

    Should you be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visitwww. for additional information and the online application system. All applications must be submitted online. Please note, a resume and cover letter will be required in electronic form.

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