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Research Technologist

Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario

Job Description

The Research Technologist (RT) will work closely with researchers and graduate students to primarily support large multi-disciplinary research projects at the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH), particularly those projects related to the Mobile Research Laboratory (M-CROSH) and the Workplace-Simulator (W-Sim). The W-Sim includes a 6DF rotopod motion platform, environmental chamber, metabolic cart, and virtual reality eyetracker. Under the direction of the Centre’s Director and Senior Scientist, the RT will assist with the planning and execution of laboratory projects and experiments; perform technical tasks to support CROSH’s core research streams (Human Factors and Ergonomics; Occupational Physiology and the Environment; Occupational Mental Health and Wellness); assist in the analyses and collection of data; and act as a resource person in the CROSH laboratory to help resolve technical equipment problems. The RT will also be asked to help with the development of data acquisition and analysis programs using MatLab and Labview. The RT will be responsible for maintaining and managing equipment and coordinating field research projects, including the management of M-CROSH, which engages partners in the mining, pulp/paper, steel manufacturing, and health care sectors in Northern Ontario.  The RT will also assist with the development of industrial contracts and the data acquisition related to these contracts. The RT will assist with maintenance and management of the W-Sim equipment under the guidance of the Senior Technologist employed by the Purdue Central Analytical facility where the equipment is housed.

The RT will support CROSH research projects by:

  1. Coordinating the use of W-Sim for projects affiliated with CROSH.
  2. Coordinating the use of and maintaining a variety of equipment, including the performance of minor repairs, and arranging for servicing as required. Key pieces of equipment include: Metabolic cart, centrifuges, computers, body-worn monitoring devices, accelerometers, goniometers, dataloggers, electromyograph, eye-tracking, etc.)
  3. Managing lab equipment, maintaining inventory, and managaging software licenses and upgrades as required. The RT will also recommend purchases for equipment and supplies.
  4. Writing data acquisition and analysis programs using MatLab or Labview will be an assest.
  5. Ensuring safety training to support field research projects and ensuring compliance with safety regulations in the use of equipment including proper storage, handling and disposal of all materials including hazardous materials.
  6. Providing graduate student and researcher training to gain competency on research equipment and software.
  7. Providing logistics to support field research projects.
  8. Acting as a resource person, resolving problems, and instructing others. Providing technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques, and the analysis of data.
  9. Participating in the planning and execution of laboratory projects and experiments within objectives set by supervisor.
  10. Participating in the preparation of material for publication or presentation (For example: preparing graphs, tables, lists of references, and descriptions of procedures).
  11. Keeping abreast of new developments in the field to update skills and knowledge.
  12. Keeping abreast of research projects within the CROSH organization.
  13. Other related duties as required.

The RT will also develop/manage protocols for:

  1. Lab equipment use and bookings.
  2. Access to and booking of M-CROSH.
  3. Coordinating the annual service of M-CROSH and overseeing maintenance of CROSH research equipment as required.
  4. Access to and booking of the Workplace Simulation Laboratory.
  5. Annual calibration and maintenance of W-Sim equipment (in consultation with the Senior Technologists at the Purdue Central Analytical Facility).
  6. Contract agreements for CROSH research and development services available with W-Sim.

Qualifications

Minimal: The RT must hold a four-year degree in Engineering, Kinesiology, Computer Science or a related discipline, from an accredited University program and hold a class G drivers license. The RT must have or be willing to receive training to achieve a class D driver’s license and be comfortable driving the 40-foot Mobile Research Laboratory (M-CROSH) in Northern Ontario. The ideal candidate will have previous experience with field research and experience working in a laboratory environment with at least one of the major W-Sim pieces of equipment (rotopod motion platform; environmental chamber; metabolic cart; and/or eye-tracking equipment). Demonstrated technical skills to support data collection in occupational health and safety is required. The applicant will also have previous experience with programming for data collection, processing and analysis including experience with Labview and/or Matlab. Applicants must be able to communicate in English (read; write; speak).

Preferred: Experience driving large vehicle and a Class D driver’s license is an asset. The ideal candidate will hold a Graduate degree in Engineering, Kinesiology or applied science and have previous work experience as a technologist. Demonstrated technical skills to support data collection in occupational health and safety (OHS) are required. The ideal candidate will also have previous field research experience in OHS in general and with industries and communities in Northern Ontario in particular. The candidate should also have strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Applicants should have experience working with researchers, graduate students; workplace parties and health and safety professionals. Previous experience with MatLab and Labview are an assest. Applicants must be able to communicate in English (read; write; speak). The ability to communicate in French is an asset.

Application Deadline

Applicants are asked to submit a resume and a cover letter by e-mail along with the names of three references to:

Dr. Sandra Dorman, CROSH Director: sdorman@laurentian.ca

Secondary Contact (if Dr. Dorman is out of the office): Tobi Mankis, CROSH Science Communication Officer: tmankis@laurentian.ca

Applications will be accepted until Aug 15, 2021.  Only those applicants offered an interview will be contacted.

Salary

This is an initial 4-month probationary contract position; with a 15-month contract available pending fit; with an annual salary of $50,000, plus full benefits. The successful applicant will be required to start on Sept 1, 2021.

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