Research Technician – Marine Invertebrate Taxonomy – New Brunswick, CANADA

Huntsman Marine Science Centre
St. Andrews, NB, Canada
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Full time Positions
Hourly wage, plus benefits
Start Date
Last Date to Apply

SUMMARY: The Huntsman Marine Science Centre ( is expanding its team of more than 15 technical personnel within its Aquatic Biosciences department. We are seeking to fill an Aquatic Research Technician I position with an individual having specific interest, experience and skillset associated with Taxonomic Identification of marine species. We are looking for a highly motivated, meticulous individual who works well both individually and within a team of technicians and research scientists to conduct a diverse set of confidential research contracts for commercial, government and university sponsors.


  • Process marine samples in a Biodiversity and Systematics Laboratory including:
    • Identify marine zooplankton or benthic infauna to species, with a high degree of precision
    • Organize and research taxonomic identification materials from lab-provided and internet sources to enable efficient and accurate identification of species
    • Work with stereo dissecting and compound microscopes, balances and other lab equipment
    • Transfer samples out of chemical preservative and subsample according to approved laboratory techniques
    • Assist with field collection, general organization tasks and non-biological processing of samples, as required
  • Comprehend, assimilate and adhere to regulatory requirements, laboratory Standard Operating Procedures, study protocols and other instructions while implementing project specific tasks and data collection activities.
  • Record raw data promptly and accurately and in compliance with Standard Operating Procedures, maintain responsibility for data quality.
  • Participate in preparing department Standard Operating Procedures related to all activities and projects.
  • Verify data recorded on DCFs to ensure compliance with department Standard Operating Procedures and Study Plans as necessary.
  • Ensure organization and tidiness of designated research spaces.
  • Perform other duties as required including preparation of analytical standards, reagents, and/or solutions; preparing appropriate glassware; maintaining thorough documentation; work with diverse analytical instrumentation.
  • Reliably work independently as well as within a team of study participants having diverse talents and personalities.
  • Undertake cross training in other department disciplines as needed to meet project and business demands.
  • Exercise health and safety precautions to minimize risk to themselves and to ensure the integrity of the study.


  • Relevant Bachelor degree or technical diploma or equivalent experience.
  • Must be able to work in a production-focused laboratory, while being detail-oriented and efficient.
  • Experience with microscope work.
  • Proficiency in computer use including spreadsheets, word processing and internet.
  • Physical ability to perform assigned duties that may require work in adverse environmental conditions; and/or carry or lift heavy materials; and/or work with toxic, volatile, and corrosive chemicals or carcinogenic substances.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to legally work or obtain a Visa to work in Canada.


  • Experience working in a scientific laboratory.
  • Experience working long hours at a microscope.
  • Experience/qualifications in scientific diving and/or fieldwork.
  • Expertise in one or more specific taxonomic groups.
  • Experience in identification of marine zooplankton or benthos from Canadian waters.
  • Research experience in marine ecology.
  • Experience conducting research within a Good Laboratory Practice setting.
  • Ability to travel to other locations to complete sampling events.

APPLICATION: Applications are being accepted immediately with the position anticipated to begin as soon as possible. Applicants should indicate current citizenship and work permit status for employment in Canada. Individuals presently residing within the Atlantic Canadian provinces will be given priority due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, although Canadians and permanent residents to Canada will be given full consideration. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Send single electronic submission with cover letter, CV and names of three references (including e-mail and telephone number) to:

HR Office

Huntsman Marine Science Centre

1 Lower Campus Road

St. Andrews, NB

E5B 2L7


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