Microbiology Prep Room & Lab Assistant

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Job Description


Term: 8 Months


Provides support to Lab Technicians and ensures the smooth daily operation of the Microbiology Preparation Rooms in Biology I and the Science Teaching Complex. This position is also responsible for assisting with one first or second year undergraduate course. This position is equally accountable to the Administrative Officer for administrative issues and the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies for technical issues. This is a full-time position from September to March each year.


Microbiology Preparation Rooms:

  • Decontaminates and sterilizes lab waste and requisite materials

  • Washes and prepares large volumes of laboratory glassware for all microbiology lab courses within a very short timeframe

  • Replenishes supplies in teaching labs before each laboratory session

  • Loads and unloads autoclave, dishwasher and dryer

  • Maintains the organization of the glassware storage room

  • Collects and distributes lab coats for all undergraduate microbiology courses in the STC building

  • Assists with end of term undergraduate lab cleanup

Undergraduate Course Assistance:

  • Prepares and provides requisite materials including media, reagents, cultures and solutions; pours large volumes of plates and culture maintenance

  • Subsequent clean-up of the laboratory space with the appropriate handling and disposal of used materials and cultures at the end of each laboratory exercise

  • Demonstrates proper and safe operation of equipment including: autoclave, steamer, centrifuge, compound microscopes and fume hood

  • Anticipates stock levels and replenishes in a timely manner

  • Researches and orders course lab supplies

  • Prepares demo plates as required

Assisting Department Technicians:

  • Fills racks with test tubes and caps tubes

  • Pours petri plates aseptically

  • Packages pipettes for sterilization

  • Generally assists Lab Technicians when needed


  • BSc or College Diploma in Biology or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Two years’ experience in a related field. Requires intermediate knowledge of microbiology techniques

  • Prior experience as a Teaching Assistant would be an assetAbility to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment is essential

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required

  • Demonstrated proper and safe use of equipment: autoclave, steamer, centrifuge, compound microscopes, fume hood

  • Basic skill level using Microsoft Office Suite

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