Environmentally-Safe Antifouling Research Technician

St. Francis Xavier University Published: November 24, 2019
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
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$2000-3000 per month, commensurate with experience
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The Centre for Biofouling Research (CBR) at St. Francis Xavier University is seeking a research technician.  Our fundamental and applied research program explores both marine biofouling (the growth of unwanted organisms on marine infrastructure) and novel low-toxicity approaches to antifouling (the mitigation of biofouling). The technician will help coordinate and participate in several ongoing research projects with respect to biofouling and environmentally-friendly antifouling. The technician will work under the supervision of Dr. Russell Wyeth, helping with many aspects of the CBR’s activities.  The technician’s primary role will be to support the successful completion of the projects, working with both the supervisor and students to plan lab and field work, undertake sampling, and, once completed, prepare oral and written communications about the various projects.  Administrative tasks in support of the supervisor will also be involved, as well as opportunities to engage with other active research projects.

Duties and responsibilities

  • help the project lead with overall organization of research activities
  • help with specific project planning and administration
  • co-supervision of student researchers
  • data collection
  • data analysis
  • materials and equipment management
  • help with report and manuscript writing

Knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge and skills

  • ability work independently
  • meticulous organization
  • time management
  • effective oral and written communication

Desirable knowledge and skills:

* note that training for these skills can occur after hiring, as needed

  • principles of marine biofouling
  • antifouling technologies
  • research experience
  • reading and summarizing scientific literature
  • digital photography
  • image processing
  • software: MS Excel, SPSS, R
  • statistical analysis
  • scientific presentation
  • scientific writing
  • small boat experience
  • marine field work experience

Education required

Bachelor of Science (completed or in progress)

Certification required

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) or Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Post-secondary students and graduates
  • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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