Research Assistant - Department of Applied Human Sciences - Faculty of Science (Grant Funded)

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Department of Applied Human Sciences - Faculty of Science
Research Assistant
Full Time Term Position
Hours of Work:
37.5 hours per week

$45,000 per annum as per CUPE 1870 (Grant Funded) (Off Scale)


As soon as possible until August 31, 2020 (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements)

The Skeletal Muscle Health and Tissue Repair Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island is seeking a motivated research assistant to assist with research projects surrounding diabetes, diabetic neuropathy and tissue repair.


Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Lead in the planning and implementation of wet-lab based research projects.
  • Develop SOPs and assays to examine protein localization, mRNA abundance and protein quantity
  • Develop and perform in-vivo mouse experiments targeted at assessing skin wound healing, nerve repair, muscle regeneration and small molecule treatments.
  • Develop and perform breeding and genotyping of transgenic reporter mouse strains
  • Develop and perform in-vitro cell culture experiments
  • Regularly attend and lead discussions at weekly laboratory meetings
  • Support experimentation of junior laboratory members
  • Aid in the procurement of goods and services pertaining to the laboratory
  • Assist in maintaining laboratory equipment


  • Candidates require a degree in the biological or health sciences or related field (MSc or PhD preferred) and have relevant experience in research project development and implementation
  • Experience designing and conducting laboratory experiments which involve animals, cells and bench work
  • Experience in writing research manuscripts and reports
  • Experience maintaining a laboratory
  • Experience in a collaborative, research environment
  • Excellent written, verbal and inter-personal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management skills
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with University processes and policies would be an asset
  • Advanced graduate degree in a relevant field would be an asset
  • Experience related to mouse surgical procedures, husbandry and genotyping would be an asset
  • Experience related to animal ethics applications would be an asset
  • Extensive wet lab experience would be considered an 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. Applications will not be accepted via email.

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.

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.