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Teaching Laboratory Coordinator

Faculty of Arts - Geography

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Job Type: Regular Full Time

Open Positions: 0

Posting Date: November 07, 2013

Closing Date: November 17, 2013

Union affiliation: SSUO

Job Reports To: Chairperson

Salary (Grade: 11)

Hiring salary range

Position Purpose

Manages the day-to-day operations in undergraduate teaching labs and field excursions, and in research labs. Oversees the organization and operation of laboratory and field activities for all undergraduate physical geography courses. Works with professors to create scientific and educational content for laboratory and field activities. Teaches undergraduates the methods and techniques used in laboratories and in the field, and trains and/or supervises teaching assistants. Provides advice as the resource person for sample collection and processing. Teaches one three-credit physical geography course per session. Controls the departmental laboratory and field assets used in teaching, and teaching collections. Provides technical expertise and advice on the purchase of scientific equipment for research and is responsible for purchasing and keeping an inventory of laboratory and field equipment. Provides administrative assistance to the Department by monitoring expenditures and overseeing equipment maintenance and service contracts. Trains, or arranges training for, undergraduate and graduate students, assistants, and incoming laboratory users on health and safety procedures and ensures that safe working conditions prevail in the laboratories and in the field. Participates in the Department’s promotional events, such as GIS Day, UOttawa Day or Spring Open Doors, by updating the department’s webpage and social media pages, and conducting outreach activities at local elementary and high schools.

Essential Qualifications

M.A. or M.Sc. in geography, or other related discipline (e.g. earth sciences, environmental sciences)
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in managing a teaching and research laboratory
Minimum of 2 years’ experience in teaching in a post-secondary environment, including field- and laboratory-based courses
Knowledge of how to use and maintain light and dissecting microscopes and of how to prepare microscope reference slides.
Good knowledge of laboratory and field loggers, instruments, and software.
Good knowledge of how to prepare physical geography samples, including sedimentology, palynology, limnology, dendrochronology
Experience in using strong acids and bases (e.g. HF, HCI, H2SO4, NaOH)
Experience in using computer systems, PC-based and Windows applications, spreadsheets, word-processing software, databases, GIS, graphic art, webpage design and construction software

Key competencies required at the University of Ottawa

Planning : Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to realise an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.

Initiative : Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Is proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond whenever it is possible.

Client Service Orientation : Help or serve others to meet their needs. This implies anticipating and identifying the needs of internal and external clients and finding solutions on how to meet them.

Teamwork and Cooperation : Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal(s). Accept and give constructive feedback. Able to adjust own behaviour to reach the goals of the team.

Other competencies

Ability to effectively communicate scientific and technical concepts
Ability to solve problems that involve laboratory equipment and hazardous products
Very good organizational skills and ability to work independently
Certification in basic first aid and CPR
Bilingualism – French and English


Applications from employees belonging to the bargaining unit SSUO will be considered first. The University also accepts external applications; they will be selected in second place.

Schedule with an average of 35hrs/week. Flexibility and availability to work outside regular hours if necessary

CODL certificates can be considered an asset. Don’t forget to add them to your resume.

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