MTS Level 5 - Research Technician - Department of Biomedical Sciences - Atlantic Veterinary College

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Date of Posting: 
May 18, 2016
Department of Biomedical Sciences - Atlantic Veterinary College
MTS Level 5 - Research Technician
Part-Time Term Position
Hours of Work: 

20 hours per week

$46,451 to $51,110 per annum, prorated to time and term, as per CUPE 1870

July 4, 2016 to January 11, 2019

The Department of Biomedical Sciences invites applications for a part-time (20 hours per week) temporary term position responsible for the design, conduct and analysis of neurobehavioural testing protocols as part of a large, multi-centre project to develop a new rodent model of Parkinson’s Disease.


• Develop and validate standardized protocols for relevant aspects of rat behaviour
• Design data collection templates and spreadsheets for behavioural tests
• Conduct relevant behavioural tests in rats
• Analyze data using commercial video-tracking software (AnyMaze)
• Perform statistical analyses using SPSS
• Assist with routine animal husbandry where required
• Train undergraduate and graduate students on proper conduct of behavioural assays and data analysis
• Assist in the preparation of papers and posters in areas of responsibility
• Assist other members of the research team with general laboratory maintenance and procedures


• The successful candidate will have a university-level degree in neuroscience (or equivalent) and demonstrable experience in laboratory-based rodent behavioural tests
• A thorough knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of tests for sensory, motor and cognitive function is essential
• Familiarity with relevant video-tracking software and statistical software (preferably SPSS) appropriate to the collection and analysis of behavioural data
• Additional relevant education and/or experience is an asset
• Demonstrated ability to work collegially and effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment with minimal supervision is also necessary
• History of training and overseeing research students in rodent husbandry and testing is a definite asset

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

Successful Candidate(s): 


UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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