University of Alberta

Research Associate

MED Oncology

Competition No.  -    A105333579
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

 This Research Associate position for the Department of Oncology designs and conducts complex separation methods and research, specifically in studies relating to plasma or urine samples from clinical trial samples and samples from laboratory research.


  • Analyses samples using either HPLC or LC-MS-MS using existing methods in literature or develops new methods or modifies existing method to suit the needs
  • Collects, analyzes and interprets data relating to research and clinical investigations
  • Sets research activity objectives in consultation with the Principal Investigator (PI) to carry out independent research
  • Troubleshoots experimental protocols and equipment problems
  • In consultation with the PI and project supervisor, develops and documents research methods and protocols
  • Writes research papers and assists with the preparation of research grant applications and contract proposals with inputs from project supervisor and PI
  • Preparation of SOPs, validation protocols and reports
  • Write reports of inventions and other intellectual properties with input from inventors and the PI
  • Presents research results at laboratory meetings, departmental seminars, scientific conferences and related settings
  • Fosters communication with off-campus partners
  • Participates in the scientific oversight of the laboratory operations, maintenance and compliance with the safety regulations and practices
  • Ensures good communication and cooperation with other team members
  • Performs other duties as requested


  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry with emphasis on LC-MS-MS analysis methods
  • Minimum 3 years of postdoctoral experience
  • Experience in sensitive LC-MS methods to detect low concentration of chemotherapy drugs or trace metabolites in biological fluids like, plasma, serum and urine
  • Advanced mass spectrometry experience, including high resolution and tandem mass spectrometry
  • Experience in developing and validation of LC-MS methods
  • Extensive knowledge of HPLC, LC-MS and other related instruments
  • Knowledge of NMR is an asset
  • Proficiency in computer software related to the duties
  • Ability to work independently as well as contributing to team development, including during the supervisor's periodic absences from the lab

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position is for a term length of one year and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and annual salary range of $58,210 to $72,700.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.