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Career Opportunities

August 9, 2022
Research Assistant _WW (1 year position, with possibility of renewal)

Employer: Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety
Location: Food Science Department, University of Guelph
Closing Date: November 9, 2022

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Job Description

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled 

The Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety (CRIFS) at the University of Guelph (Canada) is seeking an applicant for a position to join Dr. Lawrence Goodridge’s team in a collaborative environment promoting creative scientific research and career development. Our current work has a major emphasis in microbiology and encompasses the use of genomics and modelling approaches to:

1. Improve surveillance of foodborne and other infectious diseases,

2. Develop an understanding of infectious disease transmission, and

3. Develop modern approaches to understand foodborne pathogen virulence and survival in foods.

  • 1 research assistant position available.
  • The successful candidate will join a dynamic and diverse research team in the Canadian Research for Institute for Food Safety (CRIFS) at U of G.
  • If you are interested, please submit your application to Dr. Valeria Parreira . Complete applications must include a Cover letter introducing yourself, an updated CV and three reference names. Applications can be sent by email, and please place the following text in subject line: Research Assistant opportunity.
  • Only appropriate candidates will be contacted by e-mail for an interview.


Application Instructions

We are seeking a highly motivated Microbiology and/or Molecular Biologist who will be involved in performing molecular assays, as part of the Ontario Wastewater Surveillance Initiative (https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-wastewater-monitoring), which is a collaborative project involving microbiologists, genomics specialists and epidemiologists, and public health officials who are conducting COVID-19 surveillance in wastewater to understand disease transmission.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Applies general technical knowledge and skills to perform routine, standardized laboratory research techniques and procedures.
  • Independently performs nucleic acid extraction from a variety of samples including human specimens, nucleic acid quantification, PCR amplification, and library preparation for next-generation sequencing following established SOPs.
  •  Analyze and upload data to databases, and prepare reports and manuscripts for publication, as well as attending meetings as required.
  • Ensures laboratory areas are clean and well-organized.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Skills: Previous laboratory experience is also a must, specifically performing PCR and qPCR. NGS sequencing experience is an asset.

Education and Experience:

The successful applicant will have a B.Sc. in biology, biochemistry or related field. Experience working with complex samples is an asset. For employment at the Research Assistant level, an MSc degree is required.

Attributes and Competencies:

The successful applicant will have excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills with the ability to troubleshoot computational processes and provide meaningful biological interpretation of PCR data. The successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, excellent organizational and excellent oral and written communication skills to discuss results with scientific professionals. Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with others in a team environment, especially within a multi-disciplinary team. A high Level of personal and professional integrity. 

Application Contacts

Dr. Valeria Parreira


Related Links

COVID‑19 wastewater monitoring

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