Research Positions


Research Assistant


Resource and Environmental Management (REM), Simon Fraser University


1 year (with possibility for renewal)

Start Date:

As soon as possible


$60-70K based on experience

Ad Closing Date:

Until position filled

About REM

Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management respectfully and with gratitude acknowledges that we work on the shared Unceded Traditional Territories of the Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh Úxwumixw(Squamish),xwməθkwəy̓əm(Musqueam),səlMilw̓ ətaʔɬ(Tsleil-Waututh),kwikwəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), q̓ íc̓ əy̓ (Katzie), qʼwa:n̓ ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), Qayqayt and numerous Stó:lō Nations in Vancouver,Burnaby, and Surrey. We acknowledge and support the self-governance and rights of Indigenous nations over their lands.

The School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) is an applied graduate and undergraduate school in which both social and natural scientists apply inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to research in resource and environmental management. Our mission is to inspire leadership and improve decision-making in environmental management through internationally recognized research, education, professional practice, and community engagement to support a socially just and ecologically sustainable world.

Job Description

We are seeking a motivated individual with the ability to work independently in a research laboratory setting. The ideal candidate will have expertise in analytical chemistry, including experience in liquid chromatograph-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The candidate will lead laboratory activities related to an ongoing research project involving trace residue analysis and risk assessment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). More information regarding this research can be found on the project web page.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead method development and method validation initiatives, primarily related to trace analysis of PFAS in aqueous and biological samples using LC-MS/MS based methods.
  • Lead the day-to-day operation and management of the analytical chemistry laboratory.
  • Perform routine operation and maintenance of laboratory instruments, including LC-MS/MS and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) systems.
  • Prepare technical/progress reports.
  • Provide technical assistance the senior project scientists and principal investigators.
  • Lead any laboratory compliance and audit activities.
  • May be required to deliver oral presentations at technical meetings and attend appropriate technical workshops.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. or MSc. in Science (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry is preferred but other analytical experience will also be considered).
  • Must be able to work onsite at Simon Fraser University Burnaby Campus, Burnaby, BC.
  • Experience with laboratory supervision, laboratory operations and organization,
  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of LC-MS/MS systems.
  • Experience in the development and application of LC-MS based methods for quantitative analysis oforganic chemicals in aqueous and biological samples.
  • Experience in solid-phase extraction (SPE) techniques for sample extraction and clean-up of aqueous andbiological samples.
  • Excellent organizational, time and priority management skills.
  • Ability to work independently or as a part of a team.
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage competing deadlines.
  • Experience in the application of standard QA/QC and laboratory compliance procedures is highly desirable.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Barry.



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

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