Chemical Stores & Equipment Technician/Specialist

  • Location: CBU
  • Competition Number: 10
  • Deadline: June 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm

The Department of Chemistry in the School of Science and Technology at Cape Breton University invites applications for a Full-Time Continuing role as a Chemical Stores and Instrument Technician/Specialist. This position will commence July 1 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

One of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities, CBU recognizes its location on Cape Breton Island as part of Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. CBU offers a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science, and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning, and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Currently home to approximately 7500 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction, and employability.

The School of Science and Technology (SST) offers a diverse range of courses in science, engineering, and technology, including traditional programs like the Bachelor of Science and newer options like the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment. SST offers comprehensive education that combines academic study, hands-on learning, and real-world experience, preparing them for successful careers.

The successful candidate will be responsibly for managing the Chemical Stores Facility (CSF) and deal with managing the chemical stores and waste. The CSF primarily works wit the SST but can also provide support to other school. This role will also deal with the instrumentations for the department of Chemistry.

Some responsibilities for this role are but not limited to being responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Chemical Facilities Section (CFS), ensuring efficient organization and compliance. This includes maintaining an accurate inventory of stored chemicals and facilitating procurement and storage processes in collaboration with relevant departments.

You’ll also play a key role in dispensing reagents to faculty for academic activities and ensuring proper documentation and labelling of all inventoried products according to safety regulations and legislation. Additionally, you’ll manage label inventory and printing for workplace labels and oversee the collection and disposal of chemical waste products in adherence to safety protocols.

Your duties will extend to supporting instrument maintenance and operations within the chemistry department. This involves facilitating the purchase of major instruments, maintaining current instruments, troubleshooting issues, and coordinating repair and servicing visits from suppliers or manufacturers. The specific instrumentation will include NMR, UPLC-MS/MS and others decided upon in collaboration with the department Chair.

Furthermore, you’ll provide guidance and instruction on the proper use of key instruments for teaching and research purposes, ensuring smooth functionality and effective utilization across the department.

Candidates should have a Master’s degree in Chemistry, or a relevant professional accreditation equivalent to a Master’s degree.

Applications for the successful candidate will include:

  • a cover letter describing the expertise of the applicant
  • a up to date resume
  • academic transcripts
  • a list of least three references.
    • Short listed candidates will be required to submit three reference letters.

Please upload all required documents to Additional Documents if no designated area is listed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The union affiliation of this position is with the Cape Breton University Faculty Association.

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Applications must be received by June 21st 2024.


Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Cape Breton University

Human Resources Dept.

1250 Grand Lake Road,

Sydney, NS B1M 1A2