The Opportunity

Wolfville, NS
Science and Research
Entry Level
Competition Number: 24-26-AU

Position: Junior Laboratory Technician
Department: Acadia Laboratory for Agri-food & Beverage (ALAB)
Position Type: 12-month Limited Term Contract, Full-time
Date Posted: July 11, 2024
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.
Competition #: 24-26-AU
Salary: $42,000 per annum

What you'll do


Acadia is seeking a Junior Lab Technician for the Acadia Laboratory for Agri-food & Beverage (ALAB) to assist in advancing and maintaining ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation, and actively aid in ALAB's growth, while supporting the day-to-day operations of the laboratory. Additionally, the Junior Lab Technician will also contribute to method development and quality standards programming, such as the Nova Scotia Wine Quality Standards Program (WQSP).

ALAB is an analytical lab that provides state-of-the-art analytical services to the wine, craft beverage and food industries in Atlantic Canada. With some of the best institutional infrastructure of its kind in Canada, ALAB opened in June 2017 and uses advanced analytical methods and cutting-edge research to test parameters related to quality control and exporting. Since February 2022, ALAB has been accredited by CALA to the ISO/ICE 17025 standard.

Specific responsibilities of the job will include:

  • Perform basic laboratory procedures including preparation of samples, reagents, and calibration solutions.
  • Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot instruments such as the Alcyolyzer, GC/MS/MS, HPLC, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, Skalar San++ continuous flow analyzer, FOSS Winescan, turbidity meter and ion chromatograph.
  • Manage client samples, including receiving samples, storage, processing, and disposal.
  • Data Collection and Management: Compile, verify, and validate accurate data records.
  • Support and further the ISO/ICE 17025:2017 accreditation scope of methods, including SOP writing and review, validation of methods and equipment, and method development as required.
  • Assist in supervision and training of co-op and undergraduate students.
  • Coordinate inventory of supplies.
  • Provide assistance for all routine laboratory activities on a day-to-day basis.
  • Support method development and establishment of new quality standards programming such as the Nova Scotia WQSP. This will include documentation and SOP writing support and supporting the implementation of the analytical testing for the WQSP.
  • Ensure compliance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements where applicable.

What you'll need


  • B.Sc. in analytical chemistry or related discipline with preferably one year of laboratory experience in chemical testing, or a post-secondary education that includes a Technical Diploma/Science Degree with 1-2 years of equivalent industry experience or laboratory work experience.
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with chemical solution and standards preparation, testing, calibration and quality assurance procedures, methods, and equipment.
  • Hands-on experience with data collection and management.
  • GC/MS and HPLC hands-on experience is considered an asset. Familiarity with additional ALAB equipment listed above is considered an asset.
  • Experience with quality assurance and quality control is considered an asset. Knowledge and/or hands-on experience with ISO/ICE 17025 is considered an asset.
  • The ability to work independently, as well as effectively in a team environment, while adhering to all safety regulations and operating procedures.
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, hand-eye coordination, and analytical skills.
  • Able to effectively multitask, and to manage priorities and workflow with attention to detail.
  • Good communication skills and fluency in English (verbal and written).
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and an understanding of Lab Information Management Systems (LIMS).

For further information or to request a detailed job description, please contact Keilani Tupper at [email protected]

A little bit about us

Acadia University

Acadia University, located in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral territory of the Mi'kmaq nation, is one of Canada's leading primarily undergraduate institutions. For over 180 years, Acadia has been providing students with a learning environment that ensures they have every opportunity to succeed in life. Our graduates emerge with the tools required to be global citizens and community leaders. Acadia's faculty and staff are key to our institutional success and share a commitment to provide our students with a high quality post-secondary education. As a staff member, you will be part of this transformational educational experience where innovation is encouraged, and your ideas are welcomed.

Acadia University is located only one hour from the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia's beautiful Annapolis Valley in the Town of Wolfville. Wolfville offers residents an affordable lifestyle, outstanding recreational opportunities, internationally acclaimed restaurants, a healthy economy, and the best weather in the Atlantic provinces. The Town of Wolfville is one of the fastest-growing communities in Nova Scotia where people find the perfect mix of small-town livability and urban energy. It's a place that people love to live, and those who do not live here love to visit.

To see more information on why Acadia is an employer of choice, please visit our website at

Are you interested?

Work With Us

TO APPLY: To apply for this opportunity, click on the "Apply Now" button and upload your cover letter, resume, and references.

Please be advised that only those invited for an interview will be contacted. The University reserves the right not to fill this position. A six-month eligibility list may be established from this competition to fill future vacancies for identical positions.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Acadia University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, and persons of any minority sexual orientation or gender identity. Consistent with the principles of employment equity, the primary criterion for appointment to a position is qualifications and professional excellence. Candidates who identify as a member of one of the afore-mentioned groups, and who wish to have the application considered as such, are invited to submit the online Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form as part of their application package.

The university will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require accommodation because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact [email protected]