Whirling Disease Molecular Biology Specialist

  • Vegreville, AB
  • Temporary
  • Full-time
  • 4 months ago
Alberta Environment and Parks, Vegreville. We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources.

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Parks, please visit our website at: http://aep.alberta.ca.

This intermediate position reports to the Whirling Disease Specialist (Science 3) and specializes in scientific lab work in the Whirling Disease Lab. Major responsibilities include planning and designing the diagnostic component of the Whirling Disease Lab, acquiring required instruments and equipment for diagnostic testing of Myxobolus cerebralis, establishing standard operating procedures, running samples and quantifying results, providing quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), and interpreting and reporting results.

To be successful in this position, the incumbent should have an aptitude to work with a large degree of independence, under limited guidelines; possess well-developed organizational skills, and be self-motivated.

Salary: $2,775.64 – $3,638.48 bi-weekly ($72,444 – $94,964 annually). Closing Date: February 13, 2018. Job ID #1047056

Qualifications: A Master’s degree in a scientific discipline such as microbiology, fish diseases, veterinary medicine, laboratory science, or similar fields supplemented with a minimum of 2 years of fish disease experience.

Equivalency: Ph.D. with no experience OR university graduation in a related field, plus 4 years of related experience will be considered.

Experience in a diagnostic microbiological lab environment preferably supplemented in fish pathogens with awareness and understanding of the importance of aseptic technique is required. Knowledge of WHMIS and OH&S regulations with awareness of zoonotic potential and biosafety standards to safely handle infectious agents to maintain safety in the workplace (a designated biohazardous laboratory) will be considered as asset.

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The links below will assist you with understanding competencies: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Practitioners/?file=learning/apscompetencies/titlepage&cf=9


AGILITY – aware of and adapts to changing priorities created both externally and as an outcome of evolving lab-generated whirling disease findings.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING – creative approaches are required for the evaluation, modification and application of existing specialized lab procedures for testing Myxobolus cerebralis.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS – strives for accurate and timely results; is challenged to interpret complex results and present them in a form that can be easily interpreted by resource managers.

DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS – to be adaptable and keep knowledge and skills current and to stay ahead of new developments in molecular biology techniques and methods.

This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

This is a one-year temporary employment opportunity with a possibility for extension. This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

What we offer:

Comprehensive benefits plan: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Employees/DocList122.cfm
Pension plan: http://www.pspp.ca/members/publications/PSPP_Member_Handbook.pdf
Health Spending Account: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Practitioners/?file=benefits/healthspendingacct/overview&cf=2
Leadership and mentorship programs
Professional learning and development
Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
Online applications are preferred via www.jobs.alberta.ca. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Please ensure that this document is saved using the naming convention of your last then first name followed by the seven-digit Job Opening ID number (Smith,Joe_). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact us at (780)415-4769.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – http://work.alberta.ca/iqas

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Position Profile


We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact us at (780)415-4769. If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.


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