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Facility CoordinatorPosting #18-006CU(E)
Northern Health Sciences Research Facility
Reporting to the Health and Safety Manager, the Northern Health Sciences Research Facility Coordinator coordinates the activities and operations of the Northern Health Sciences Research Facility (NHSRF), ensuring the NHSRF’s orderly and efficient operations and its compliance with the University’s policies and procedures, Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC) regulations, Workers Compensation Board (WCB), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), and other safety guidelines.
Responsibilities include a broad range of technical, administrative, regulatory compliance and enforcement functions that oversee the Animal Research Ethics Facility at UNBC. The Coordinator develops, maintains, adapts and improves a system of compliance for the efficient and ethical functioning of the programs.
• planning, organizing, directing, controlling, conducting and evaluating the daily activities and operations of the NHSRF, including all aspects of animal care;
• organizing and/or performing facility maintenance, including waste management, safe handling and disposal of chemicals and radioactive, biohazardous and infectious materials;
• attending to plant emergencies and repairs, notifying Facilities for emergency assistance and answering emergency calls on a 24 hour basis;
• developing, interpreting, and implementing policies, procedures and standards for animal care and daily operations of the facility;
• assisting the Health and Safety Manager with development, interpretation and implementation of policies, procedures and standards for biosafety processes;
• enforcement of protocols and compliance with research;
• researching, purchasing, maintaining and upgrading laboratory equipment and software within budgetary parameters; ordering of catalogue supplies, reagents, chemicals and animal resources; overseeing shipments of animal resources, documents, hazardous and non-hazardous reagents and samples;
• acting as a resource to investigators for research projects involving the use of animals;
• liaising with external staff, faculty and students on issues related to animal care;
• working with UNBC’s contracted veterinarian to ensure exemplary health status of animals housed on campus and animals associated with field studies;
• serving as a representative on the UNBC Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) and the Laboratory Safety Committee;
• providing administrative support to the ACUC;
• maintaining detailed records, inventories and databases for animal care;
• recognizing and reporting any concerns involving animals, animal rooms and the facility to the Health and Safety Manager, and assisting with troubleshooting;
• developing and updating training documents and participating in training staff and students in the domains of animal ethics and biosafety;
• preparing reports and coordinating site visits for CCAC accreditation assessments in collaboration with the ACUC chair.
Qualifications and Experience
This successful candidate will possess a university degree in biology or another relevant health sciences related discipline, is certified as a Laboratory Animal Technician and/or Veterinary Technician and has a minimum of three years related experience in an animal care setting or combination of animal and laboratory research setting. Knowledge of CCAC guidelines, PHAC biosafety guidelines and regulations, WCB, WHMIS and general laboratory safety skills, guidelines, techniques and protocols is required.
The successful candidate will possess strong leadership, organizational and problem solving skills. A demonstrated ability to think logically and exercise initiative, tact, discretion and confidentiality is essential, as you will be expected to interact effectively and diplomatically with a wide range of stakeholders. A philosophy compatible with animal based research, including a willingness to handle small animals and perform skilled technical manipulations is a must. You are proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite and statistical software applications.
A valid BC driver’s license is required to transport animals and you must be capable of performing strenuous physical activity such as heavy lifting.
This position has been classified at a Grade 10. The annual salary range for this position is $59,667.23 to $62,143.52, and the normal starting salary will be $59,667.23.
UNBC offers employee tuition waivers (includes spouse and dependents), excellent benefit and pension packages, employee training and development opportunities, as well as relocation assistance. For more details please see:
Hours of work will be between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
About the Community
Since its founding in 1990, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has emerged as one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a passion for teaching, discovery, people, and the North. Located in the spectacular landscape near the geographic centre of beautiful British Columbia, UNBC’s excellence is derived from community-inspired research, hands-on learning, and alumni who are leading change around the world.
For the past 10 years, UNBC has placed in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings, the only University of its size to achieve that feat. UNBC also recently placed among the top four per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
With a diverse student population, the University is friendly, inclusive, and supportive. Prince George is a city of ~74,000 people with impressive cultural, educational, and recreational amenities. For more information about living and working in Prince George, please refer to http://www.unbc.ca/experience and https://moveupprincegeorge.ca. Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.
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Active from 5/1/2018
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