Research Technician (Microscopy Facility)

University Toronto Ryerson University
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Research Technician (Microscopy Facility)

Posted: Vacancy Type: Start: End: Department: Position: Grade: Hours of Work: Reporting to:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

March 11, 2019
Term Vacancy Notice
May 1, 2019
1 Year from Start Date
FOS, Chemistry and Biology
MAC - Ungraded ()
36.25 hours per week
Professor Dérick Rousseau


  • Salary Rate: Maximum of $54,000/annually
  • Research Technical Support:


How to apply

Apply online before: Sunday March 24, 2019 (4:30pm)

About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. As an employer, we’re working towards a people first culture and we’re proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016, and 2017. To learn more about our work environment and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR, and @RyersonECI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson University is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and applied learning. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum and strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities. Ryerson is also a leader in adult learning, with the largest university-based continuing education school in Canada. Ryerson University is located in the multi-cultural heart of downtown Toronto. The microscopy facility, which forms part of the Food and Soft Materials Research Group within the Department of Chemistry and Biology, is located in Ryerson’s newest building, the Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI).

About the Chemistry and Biology Department

The Department of Chemistry and Biology, which forms part of the Faculty of Science, consists of 3 undergraduate programs as well as a graduate program in Molecular Science that offers M.Sc and Ph.D degrees. The department consists of a dynamic group of researchers and educators that focus on one of 8 key research strengths, among them “Materials and Food Chemistry” and “Surfaces and Interfaces”. The Rousseau group’s research efforts are focused on food science, with particular emphasis on understanding how the underlying microscopic structures of foods can influence their functional properties.

The Opportunity: Research Technician (Microscopy Facility)

The Rousseau group in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University invites applications for a Research Technician (Microscopy Facility) commencing on May 1, 2019, for a 1-year term. This position is directed towards candidates with expertise in the operation of a microscopy facility, including electron and light microscopes, and associated administrative duties.

The incumbent will work under the general direction of the Principal Investigator (PI), and will support the PI and other members of the lab by conducting microscopy-based evaluation of foods and other materials associated with internally and externally research projects. The microscopy facility is equipped with a number of light, atomic force and confocal microscopes. Research carried out focuses not only on foods, but also other materials such as cosmetics and personal care products. New incoming microscopes including a tandem cryo-environmental scanning electron microscope and Raman confocal laser scanning microscope.


The ideal candidate holds a Bachelor’s in a relevant scientific discipline. Interested individuals must demonstrate their expertise in the operation of an incoming scanning electron microscope with cryogenic sample preparation capabilities and/or light, atomic force and confocal microscopes. This position is not tied to a particular research project. Rather, the incumbent will be directly involved in the operation and maintenance of newly-acquired infrastructure. Expertise in image acquisition software is highly desired, as is familiarity with common image analysis software programs. Experience with safe lab operations, including all safety procedures, restocking lab supplies and reagents, troubleshooting and the ability to provide effective training and orientation to students and other researchers is essential. The incumbent should be highly computer literate.

Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research, or creative activities.

How to Apply: Application Due March 30, 2019

If interested, please email your application including a cover letter, resume, and names of references to Professor Dérick Rousseau by email at, referencing job ID: 2019-0301 in the subject line. Kindly send application and resume in one PDF file by March 30, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.



Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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