University of Waterloo

Laboratory Technician

Requisition ID 2022-8446
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$53,583 - $66,979
Job Category
Job Location : Location


Term: 3 Years


The Velocity Laboratory Technician is responsible for the effective operation of Velocity’s laboratory facilities at UW campus and Incubator (equipment, inventory and services). Their main responsibilities are but not limiting to (1) providing efficient, operational, and safe laboratory environment for all those who work in Velocity laboratory facilities, (2) maintaining instrumentation by ensuring that all are well utilized and providing training to lab users, (3) developing and up-keeping inventory of the supplies and resources across both facilities. The incumbent is working closely with Velocity leadership for laboratory annual budget and expense planning. The Laboratory Technician receives academic and technical direction from Velocity’s Product Development Manager and Campus Director.


Laboratory Operations

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of a both laboratory facilities at Velocity
  • Monitor and maintain the supply of common chemicals, PPE, compressed gases, and consumables
  • Coordinate the purchase and reception of the common chemicals, supplies, and parts for the lab to meet the needs of lab users
  • Keep records of laboratory expenses in coordination with Velocity Financial Officer
  • Adhere to scheduled waste management in the laboratory by coordinating with the UWaterloo Safety Office
  • Monitor the booking system and log sheets for instrumentation and common equipment to avoid schedule conflicts between users
  • Daily inspection of major instrumentation and overall lab functions
  • Attention to details and establish priorities and ensure adherence to schedules and laboratory guidelines

Health and Safety

  • Maintain health and safety protocols and adherence by all the users following UWaterloo Safety Office guidelines
  • Upkeep of safety signs and fixtures to ensure proper function and remain up to date with current guidelines
  • Keep proper records of all safety training, monthly inspections, and certificates as required by the Safety Office
  • Serve on the Joint Health and Safety Committee, provide inspection reports and enforce corrective actions
  • Assist with writing the annual Health, Safety and Environment Report
  • Prepare and maintain current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Safety datasheets (MSDS)
  • Ensure proper handling of hazardous waste including chemicals and biologicals
  • The incumbent is responsible to oversee a containment level 2 laboratory, receive Biosafety training and provide training to authorized users. For any CL-2 activity, technician receives direction and reports to the Velocity Biosafety Officer

Lab User Support

  • Facilitate on-boarding of new lab users by ensuring they have completed required safety training
  • Provide hands-on safety orientation to all lab users
  • Act as the first person to contact for any laboratory issue or inquiry
  • Provide technical training on each instrument to users, assign dedicated operators for specialized instrumentation and ensure they have access to the instrument booking system, user manual, SOP, and SDSs, and technical support
  • Liaise with start-ups lab managers, employees, coop students and scientists to resolve specific operational problems and improve technical activities at Velocity Campus and Incubator laboratories
  • Hold monthly meetings with lab users to assess needs and technical issues in the lab. Keep a record and communicate action items

Maintain Laboratory Resources

  • Upkeep the online laboratory library most up-to-date including SOPs, SDS, user manuals, guidelines, log sheets, purchase and warranty information, service and maintenance records, and other relevant documentation for all laboratory assets
  • Write up standard operating procedures for new instruments to establish a good laboratory practice
  • Provide access to lab users to the resources to ensure all users have adequate knowledge while operating laboratory instruments
  • Facilitate group training sessions to keep lab users aware of any updates or improvement within Velocity labs

Maintenance and Troubleshooting

  • Monitor the overall maintenance and operation of all laboratory equipment housed in Velocity laboratories
  • Establish and maintain the routine inspection, calibration, certification, and maintenance for all equipment including autoclave, fume hoods, biosafety cabinets, etc.
  • Perform minor repairs, mechanical troubleshooting and diagnosis, and arrange for technical support when equipment malfunction is beyond the incumbent’s ability to repair, while ensuring minimal down time to users
  • The incumbent will be the person who is aware of the current status of all equipment and instrumentation by keeping the inventory and inspection documentation up-to-date
  • Assembly and testing of new equipment or modification of existing equipment
  • Support the Product Development Manager, with technical insights, major instrumentation procurement and decision making on what best fits the lab needs

Facilitate Relationships

  • Facilitate relationship between Velocity clients, support services and UW support offices
  • Act as the Velocity liaison with Plant Operations, Safety Office, and Procurement & Contract Services, ChemStores, and contractors and service technicians with respect to laboratory repairs and renovations, safety regulations and procedures
  • Facilitate relationship with UW community and core facilities in order to support Velocity clients
  • Facilitate access to laboratories to UW community and Velocity partners
  • Host tours of the laboratory space by visitors or potential external users
  • Develop constructive relationships with team members, especially those involved in the management of the Hardware lab and workshop
  • Serve as a technical resource person for Velocity teams and clients
  • Work with the Facility Coordinator to clean up space and re-arrangement of the facility


  • Post-secondary degree in Science, Engineering or other related fields such as Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology
  • Laboratory safety training (WHIMS, etc.)
  • Additional laboratory safety and management certificate is a bonus
  • At least 2+ years (post degree) experience developing methods with scientific equipment and management of laboratories
  • Past teaching experience an asset; applications science/engineering and laboratory techniques is an asset
  • Working on multiple projects in a cross-disciplinary team, providing support to team members
  • Experience in risk assessment and risk management in the laboratory
  • Laboratory operation and best practices, GLP, WHIMS, Biosafety 
  • Develop and follow standard operation procedures (SOPs)
  • Effective communication (written and oral) and attention to details
  • Fluency in cloud-based systems (e.g. G-Suite, One Drive, etc.), spreadsheets, and project management platforms
  • Knowledge in Laboratory Information Management System is a plus.
  • Passionate about science, innovation and technology
  • Self-motivated and resourceful, comfortable working autonomously
  • First Aid training not required, but considered an asset
  • Experience working at tech/science startups as a scientist is an asset
  • Often commute between Downtown Kitchener and Waterloo Campus (2-3)/week
  • Living in KW area is the must for this role

Vaccination Requirement Statement

Effective May 1, 2022, the University suspended its Vaccination Requirement. Prior to May 1, pursuant to this Requirement, all University employees were required to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (subject to the University’s obligations under the Human Rights Code to accommodate employees who were unable to receive a vaccination). The University’s Vaccination Requirement website can be found here:   


The pandemic is ongoing and public health advice continues to evolve. Accordingly, the University reserves the absolute right to reinstate the Vaccination Requirement on short notice, and upon such reinstatement you will be required to comply. You shall also be required to comply with any new health and safety policies/requirements implemented by the University from time to time, including new policies/requirements related to mandatory employee vaccination. As the University may need to reinstate the Requirement on short notice, it will continue to collect and maintain up-to-date information on employee vaccination status. Please submit your Covid-19 vaccine status (QR code) to:   



Failure to comply with the Vaccination Requirement if it is reinstated, including failure to comply with any future amendments to the Vaccination Requirement, or failure to comply with new health and safety policies/requirements implemented by the University, including those related to new mandatory employee vaccination, shall result in discipline up to and including termination of employment.


The requirement to be vaccinated, if reinstated, will be subject to the duty to accommodate pursuant to the Human Rights Code. If you are unable to be vaccinated for reasons related to a ground protected under the Human Rights Code, you may submit a written request for accommodation with an explanation of the reasons and/or any supporting documentation. If you request accommodation, the University may follow up with you for further information if necessary.

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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