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Research Coordinator

  • Job
    Junior & Mid Level
  • Research & Development
  • Vancouver
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  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own
  • Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • BSc in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or similar discipline desired. Preference will be given to those with experience in analytical chemistry or MSc in Chemistry. Extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of the mass spectrometric techniques, procedures, and practices gained through practical experience. Detailed knowledge of liquid chromatographic techniques. Ability to work independently on performing MS analyses for the characterization of various steroids. Ability to instruct and communicate effectively with students in explaining the analytical procedures.
  • Successful completion of UBC training courses including Animal Ethics and Laboratory Chemical Safety an asset. Experience managing research grants an asset. Effective oral and written communication and leadership skills. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment. Ability to take initiative and work under pressure to meet deadlines.


  • Manage and coordinate multiple research projects, including data collection. Writes protocols for data management and experimental procedures. Resolves issues (be they technical, procedural, or interpersonal) as they arise during data collection. Helps to support data analysis and write-up for review by the director of the laboratory.
  • Supervise undergraduate research assistants, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Write and edit manuscripts and grant proposals. Provides assistance in editing and submitting grant applications.
  • Manage lab finances, including preparation of budgets and purchasing reagents and equipment.
  • Manage laboratory personnel needs. This includes recruiting and/or interviewing possible personnel.
  • Manage the operation of one LC-MS system (Shimadzu UPLC, Sciex M5 microflow LC, Sciex 6500 Q trap Mass Spectrometer) and associated equipment. Provide training to students and staff. Develop new protocols as required.
  • Maintain lab safety standards, and manage chemical waste disposal.
  • Consequence of Error/Judgement:
  • This position requires strong management and organizational skills. The incumbent is expected to work relatively autonomously and act as a resource for staff and students. The ability of the incumbent to act in a professional manner and maintain comprehensive up-to-date knowledge of the laboratory is of great importance. In addition, the incumbent manages many aspects of the laboratory and is responsible for ensuring overall smooth operation. Consequently, the success of the laboratory will be significantly affected by the ability of the incumbent to perform the job requirements. Moreover, the incumbent will manage financial expenditures, and inefficient use of grant money will negatively impact the lab.
  • Errors in judgement could lead to the reduction of service available to the Faculty research groups and UBC research community, and damage to expensive equipment, resulting in extensive financial loss. Proper and safe operation of scientific equipment will avoid financial losses and equipment downtime. Neglect causing damage to the instrumentation would likely require the work of specialized technicians to carry out repairs.
  • Supervision Received:
  • Incumbent will receive general direction from Dr. Kiran Soma. Should work independently under minimal supervision.
  • Supervision Given:
  • Provides training and supervision to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, work learn students, and summer students.


Mission & Purpose

The University of British Columbia is a public research university in British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1908 as the McGill University College of British Columbia, the university became independent and adopted its current name in 1915