Desired start date: May 1, 2019
Closing date: April 8, 2019
To Apply and for more information, please visit http://www.staffcareers.ubc.ca/33152
The Michael Smith Laboratories supports 24 research labs across the MSL and NCE buildings. This position supports the Department’s day-to-day facility and infrastructure responsibilities. Performs complex maintenance, repairs and modifications on a wide range of scientific instrumentation used in research and teaching laboratories.
-Assists with the facility operations on a day-to-day basis in an efficient, effective and professional manner, and responds appropriately to facility related emergencies as they arise.
-Assesses and diagnoses faults on scientific instruments such as spectrophotometers, thermocyclers, centrifuges, water baths, incubators, shakers. The work may involve electronic, electrical, and mechanical components. Performs highly accurate and precise calibration, adjustment and alignment.
-Diagnoses fault and carries out repairs on electrical malfunction for fridges, freezers, ice machines and refrigeration systems in equipment.
-Devises and constructs circuitry, tests, calculates, installs and modifies equipment as required.
-Performs fitting and assembly, soldering, welding.
-Assists with the routine maintenance of small equipment such as vacuum pumps, film processor and other research instruments.
-Troubleshoots and maintains research equipment in addition to steam-related equipment such as autoclaves and glass washers. Is responsible for specifying suitable replacement parts to ensure completion of any repairs. Replaces steam solenoid and check valves, sensors, switches and other related components.
-Wash and autoclaves the department’s glass- and plastic-ware from the research laboratories.
-Autoclaves biohazardous waste Performs quality assurance tests on a monthly basis and reviews department autoclave logs.
-Disinfects communal research equipment and spaces as required.
-Dispenses the liquid nitrogen and maintains usage records for cost recovery.
-Assists with new apparatus delivery and/or installation.
-Tidies the department common rooms on a weekly basis and completes monthly inspection checklists for these spaces.
-Collects and disposes of the department’s segregated research waste such chemical, biological, Styrofoam, soft plastics, amber glass, batteries, light bulbs and other waste stream as they become available.
-Maintains accuracy of inventory information for capital equipment, space, power usage, and chemicals for the research labs in the department.
-Assists with ordering of supplies.
-Checks for safety issues on repaired equipment used in the building, advising users of potential safety risks, and ensuring that unsafe equipment is removed from service or repaired.
-Responsible for implementing and maintaining safety requirements as delegated for areas of responsibility.
-Performs any other related duties as required in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of positions in this classification.
Graduation from a technical college or institute or completion of a recognized apprenticeship. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate must be capable of performing logical diagnostic procedures using appropriate test equipment and resources such as service manuals, on line support sites and in-house training. Attention to detail is required. Knowledge of basic plumbing and mechanical maintenance. Experience with scientific equipment and autoclaves. Demonstrated interpersonal and ability to communicate with faculty, staff and students. Ability and willingness to learn new skills.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.