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Senior Specialist, Laboratory Support, Exercice Physiology

University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

Customer Service
Multiple locations
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2023

Job Type:


Duration in Months (for fixed-term jobs):


Job Family:

Laboratory Support

# of Open Positions:


Faculty/Service - Department:

Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs


Ottawa, ON

Union Affiliation:


Date Posted:

September 18, 2023

Closing Date:

September 29, 2023

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above

Hours per week:


Salary Grade:

SSUO Grade 11

Salary Range:

$85,143.00 - $107,550.00Make your mark with the Faculty of Health Sciences!

Health matters to everyone and we are committed to becoming a nationally and internationally recognized leader in innovative approaches to active living, health promotion, and quality health services.

Our success lies in our students and our people. Join us and every day you will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact as we grow together and make a great faculty even better.

Position purpose:

Under the authority of the Assistant Director, Undergraduate Studies, the incumbent is responsible to coordinate all undergraduate exercise physiology laboratories, to supervise the testing and the adaptation of experiments to the curriculum requirements of the School, to ensure that the demonstrations and tutorials are current and scientifically and pedagogically sound. Instructs teaching assistants, facilitators and students in safe working practices in the laboratory environment. Responsible for compliance with occupational Health and Safety, and WHMIS legislation by demonstrators.

*This is a temporary assignment or contract until April 30, 2024.

In this role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Teaches theory of an introductory course (3 credits- 12 weeks of theory: 3 h lecturing, 2.5 h preparation, 3 h marking).
  • Coordinates the day-to-day operation of all course laboratories in both English and French. This includes the instruction and supervision of, teaching assistants, facilitators planning demonstrations for the school year as well as offering remedial instruction to teaching assistants and professors where needed.
  • Oversees the testing of new experiments to ensure that they work, meet the intended pedagogical objectives, are feasible with the existing installation and equipment and are repeatable by students according to their level of knowledge of the discipline. Corrects existing experiments which are not working properly.
  • Creates and maintains laboratory manuals, incorporates suggested and required changes, updates information as necessary, ensures format consistency for new and existing labs. Oversees the complete re-organization of lab manuals as required by curriculum changes.
  • Participates in meetings with professors teaching courses with labs to ensure an efficient coordination of laboratory activities and to oversee possible problems.
  • Provides recommendations to the lab committee relating to the allocation of resources and the planning of purchases.

What you will bring:

  • Knowledge of Human Kinetics acquired by university graduate degree (minimum M.Sc.).
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a similar position working in a lab related environment.
  • Knowledge and extensive experience of laboratory protocols and procedures in fitness evaluation.
  • Must be able to communicate difficult concepts and procedures in a clear and concise manner.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of application software such as web site applications, data collection software, databases, spreadsheets, word-processing, etc.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • As the incumbent is responsible to ensure that proposed experiments work in a teaching laboratory setting, he or she must be able to integrate existing equipment and installations, teaching and sound scientific methodologies into a learning experience for the students that is congruent with and complements the theoretical content of lectures.
  • Ability to analyze experiments that do not work, identify the problem areas and solve them, all the while maintaining the validity of the experimental work from both a teaching and scientific viewpoint.
  • Must be a registered Certified Exercise Physiologist according to the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology’s (CSEP) criteria and must maintain this certification according to CSEP’s policies during the tenure of the position.
  • Knowledge of French and English.

Key Competencies at uOttawa:
Here are the required competencies for all or our employees at uOttawa:

Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to realize an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Is proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond whenever it is possible.
Client Service Orientation: Help or serve others to meet their needs. This implies anticipating and identifying the needs of internal and external clients and finding solutions on how to meet them.
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal(s). Accept and give constructive feedback. Able to adjust own behaviour to reach the goals of the team.

The University of Ottawa embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are passionate about our people and committed to employment equity. We foster a culture of respect, teamwork and inclusion, where collaboration, innovation, and creativity fuel our quest for research and teaching excellence. While all qualified persons are invited to apply, we welcome applications from qualified Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQIA2S+ persons. The University is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible, barrier-free work environment. The University is also committed to working with applicants with disabilities requesting accommodation during the recruitment, assessment and selection processes. Applicants with disabilities may contact to communicate the accommodation need. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Note: if this is a union position: The hiring process will be governed by the current collective agreement related to the union affiliation noted above; you can click here to find out more.

If this is a front-line position with responsibilities to interact with students, selected candidates must be rated at the Low Advanced proficiency level or higher for both oral comprehension and reading comprehension in their second official language. The rating is determined by a proficiency test designed by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute.

Prior to May 1, 2022, the University required all students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as defined in Policy 129 – Covid-19 Vaccination. This policy was suspended effective May 1, 2022 but may be reinstated at any point in the future depending on public health guidelines and the recommendations of experts.