Laboratory Assistant

SC Chemistry

Competition No.  -    S104943344
Posting Date  -    Jan 12, 2021
Closing Date  -    Jan 29, 2021
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $38,392 to $50,681 per year
Grade  -    04
Hours  -    37.5

This position has a term length of one year, and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

This competition is restricted to internal candidates or applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months. Internal candidates will be applying. 

The Laboratory Assistant is a junior position responsible for performing various established techniques and protocols in the laboratory of the Macauley Research Group under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI). The incumbent of this position will synthesize ligands both chemically and enzymatically for internal lab work and projects, in addition to expressing different proteins to use in the lab’s experimental reactions. The Laboratory Assistant is an essential support position to the Macauley lab, which currently has more than 20 active projects and over $4 Million in funding.


  • Expresses and purifies proteins, and tests their activity in enzymatic reactions
  • Under the supervision of and in conjunction with the PI or Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab, designs chemo-enzymatic synthesis of sialic acid-containing high affinity carbohydrate ligands for modulating individual members of the Siglec family
  • Utilizes NMR and Mass-spectroscopy analysis to determine content of compounds
  • Organizes and executes controlled experiments and trials
  • Optimizes each reaction to find the ideal conditions, troubleshooting when experiments do not work
  • Maintains stock items required to perform duties, such as chemicals, solvents, and enzymes


  • Minimum High School Diploma; BSc in Chemistry (or a related field) preferred
  • Minimum one (1) years’ experience in an active Chemistry laboratory
  • Excellent time management skills to effectively perform experiments
  • Competent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work within a dynamic team-based research environment with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.