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Sample Logistics Technician in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto

Position: Sample Logistics Technician

Status: Casual

This position is for an energetic and organized Sample Logistics Technician in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto.

Job Description:

Under direction of the Principle Investigator, the Sample Logistics Technician is responsible for coordinating the collection of wastewater samples from approximately 12 locations in the GTA and bringing these samples to the University for analysis and archiving.  This work is part of a province-wide initiative for SARS-CoV2 wastewater surveillance.  The incumbent will be required to prepare empty clean bottles for distribution to sampling locations and to drive to collect bottles once filled and return these to the lab on ice, using all safety protocols established in our Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).  In addition, the technician will maintain the log of all samples collected and their provenance and distribution, including working with lab staff to keep a record of subsequent analyses types and dates.  The technician will work as part of a team of Professors, Research Associates, and technicians to ensure accurate sample chain-of-custody (COC) and record keeping from start to finish.


B.Sc. or Masters in Life Sciences or Physical Sciences or Engineering discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Demonstrated attention to detail and organizational skills.

A valid driver’s license and their own vehicle is required (mileage at the rate of $0.57/km will be paid for vehicle use).


Coordination of Sampling and Laboratory duties (100%)

  • Coordinate sample collection from over a dozen locations per week
  • Physically collect samples when needed (drive to collection point in the city of Toronto) from WWTP and other locations, e.g. Ashbridges Bay
  • Request and obtain sterilized bottles from lab for collection of wastewater samples
  • Label all bottles and complete all Chain-of-custody forms
  • Deliver and collect samples as required by each location
  • Re-order or clean sample collection bottles as needed per protocol provided
  • Compiles and organizes sample distribution data.
  • Maintain database/inventory of samples received and archived (frozen) and their provenance
  • Be familiar with handling, storing and disposing of potentially hazardous materials

Associated Responsibilities

  • Help to maintain a database of all analyses and sample manipulations and storage and processing locations
  • Help to maintain a database of metadata associated with the samples
  • Help to maintain the database of analytical results


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Interested candidates should send their resume/CV with at least two references to:

Vinthiya Paramananthasivan (

Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 12, 2021.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous/ Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Appointment Type: Casual, 6-month term, with the possibility of renewal for an additional 6 months

Schedule: Full-time; as soon as possible.

Rate: $24.59/hour

Job Field: Sample Logistics Technician

Research Associate Opportunities


Research Associate (Limited Term)
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Department: Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Research Associate position in the area of metabolic engineering, systems microbiology, enzyme screening and engineering is available at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto. This position is a part of collaborative research project within BioZone at U Toronto.

The position requires a PhD in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry with 2-3 years of experience in microbiology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biochemical engineering or related discipline. The initial appointment term is for a year with the possibility of longer term extension. University of Toronto is a highly competitive employer and compensation will be commensurate with experience of the candidate. Interested candidates should send their CV with at least two references

– Strong background in microbial fermentation and physiology
– Understanding of fermentation kinetics
– Strong knowledge of synthetic biology, molecular biology,
– Metabolic engineering of E. coli, S. cerevisiae, and non-conventional yeasts
– Experience working at different fermentation scales in lab (shake-flask to 100 L)

– Conceive hypothesis, design experimental plans and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data
– Review scientific literature, Execute research projects and report on their progress through oral and written reports and scientific journal articles
– Communicate effectively orally and in writing
– Present research at local, national and international meetings
– Interface with industry partners and vendors effectively
– Maintain strain and plasmid databases as appropriate
– Coordinate research projects and meetings as appropriate
– Responsible for calibration and routine maintenance of specific equipment and training other researchers and provide technical support for these equipment
– Responsible for developing written protocols and training researchers on the latest on molecular biology techniques including gene assembly, primer design, plasmid constructs, CRISPR based genetic engineering, and directed evolution
– Responsible for developing new techniques and methods and training other researchers in these techniques
– Assist the PI in preparing manuscripts and proposals.
– Perform other additional duties to enable the safe and efficient operation of the lab

This is a 12-month term position with the possibility of renewal. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Interested applicants may apply to:

Employee Group: Research Associate, Limited Term
Appointment Type: Grant – Term
Schedule: 100%
Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: R01 — Research Associates (Limited Term): $42,264 – $79,245
Benefits: The successful candidate will be eligible to enroll in UofT competitive health-benefits packages which include medical, dental, vision, life insurance coverage. Eligibility to enroll in the Pension Plan.
Job Field: Research Associate (Limited Term)
Job Posting: March 2, 2021
Job Closing: April 1, 2021

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Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunities


Posting date: January 21, 2021

Note: Candidates expected to work in a couple different areas.

  1. NSERC-UNENE Alliance grant – Corrosion Control and Materials Performance in Nuclear Power Systems (joint with Suraj Persaud, Queen’s University) – 1 or 2 positions
  2. NSERC-NWMO Alliance grant – Copper Corrosion Mechanisms and Prediction (joint with Queen’s University and faculty in MSE) – 1 position
  3. Qatar National Research Fund – Towards Science-Based Maps for Stress Corrosion Cracking (collaborative with Shell engineers) – partial position
  4. Applications of Nanoporous Metals to Sensing and Catalysis – partial position

Contact: Professor Roger Newman (

Tenure-Stream Appointments


No openings available at this time.

CUPE 3902 UNIT 1


Posting date: November 3, 2020

Job Posting: Course Instructor

Course title: APS106H1:  Fundamentals of Computer Programming, Winter 2021

Course description: An introduction to computer systems and software. Topics include the representation of information, algorithms, programming languages, operating systems and software engineering. Emphasis is on the design of algorithms and their implementation in software. Students will develop a competency in the Python programming language. Laboratory exercises will explore the concepts of both Structure-based and Object-Oriented programming using examples drawn from mathematics and engineering applications.

Estimated enrolment:  ~ 286

Estimated TA support: Approximately 200 TA hours

Course Schedule: TBD

Dates of appointment: January 1, 2021- April 30, 2021

Stipend: $8,219.16, inclusive of vacation pay, 4 installments

Qualifications:  Bachelors in Engineering

Duties of course instructor:  Deliver the course, 1 section

Closing Date: November 5, 2020

Those interested should submit a letter of application and current CV by email to professor Tim Bender ( and cc: Ha Le, Undergraduate Assistant (

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. The position(s) posted above is (are) tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

CUPE 3902 UNIT 3 – General Notice

How to submit an application for General Notice for Unit 3 postings

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry may hire (if required) Sessional Lecturers and Sessional Assistant Lecturers to deliver some of its undergraduate courses. To be considered for a position, an application and Curriculum Vitae must be submitted to We prefer that applications and CVs be submitted via e-mail.

General Information

Generally speaking, we expect to make decisions concerning courses in July for Fall and Spring courses. However, some decisions may be made earlier or later than these time frames, depending on circumstances. Unexpected vacancies may arise at any time.

Applications will be retained for twelve (12) months. Persons who submit applications and CVs will receive e-mailed job postings for specific positions for the subsequent twelve (12) months.

This notice is pursuant to the CUPE Local 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement. Please note that in accordance with that agreement, preference in hiring is given to qualified persons holding the rank of Sessional Lecturer II.

Continuously-Posted Notice
Filling Positions Under CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement

Posting Date: December 9, 2020.                                                                                                                              

Job Posting: Sessional Lecturer I

Course title: CHE1310H – Chemical Properties of Polymers

Course description:   Kinetics of polymerization and the conformation properties of the isolated random-coiling macromolecule. [Mechanism of chain propagation and step growth polymerizations using radical and ionic techniques.] The statistical thermodynamics of polymer solutions, derived (following Flory) for the dilute and for the concentrated solution. Applications to osmotic phenomena deduced from light scattering of polymer solutions. Extension of thermodynamic analysis to the theory of the intrinsic viscosity of polymer solution. Particular emphasis on the characterization of polymers. Introduction to the theories of de Gennes.

Estimated enrolment:  ~ 15

Estimated TA support: TBD

Course Schedule: TBD

Sessional dates of appointment: January 1, 2021- April 30, 2021

Stipend: Effective September 1, 2020, the minimum stipend rate inclusive of 4% vacation pay shall be: $8,489.67 (half course)

Qualifications: A PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with extensive experience in polymer research.

Duties of course instructor:  To provide instruction during lectures, tutorials and set-up quizzes, exams and mark them as necessary.

Those interested should submit a letter of application and current CV by email, to professor Molly Shoichet at and cc: Ha Le, Undergraduate Assistant (

The application deadline is December 11, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement.

It is understood that some announcements of vacancies are tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolment. Should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Preference in hiring is given to qualified individuals advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III in accordance with Article 14:12 of the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 collective agreement.

Please note: Undergraduate or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the University of Toronto are covered by the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement rather than the Unit 3 collective agreement, and should not apply for positions posted under the Unit 3 collective agreement

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