Research Associate (Analytical Chemist)

McGill University

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Position Summary:

Professor Jinxia Liu’s research team has multiple advanced analytical instruments that are used by her students, postdoctoral researchers and collaborators within and outside McGill University for research and technology development in the areas of environmental monitoring, water quality, water treatment, groundwater and soil remediation. To meet the increasing needs of her projects and trainees, a Research Associate will be hired to perform research related duties in an environmental engineering research laboratory.

(Jinxia Liu Civil Engineering – McGill University )

Education / Experience:

  • PhD degrees in chemistry, environmental chemistry, environmental engineering (or, closely related subject)

  • Research experience in chemical pollution, water treatment, soil remediation, emerging pollutants, and persistent organic is an asset

  • Detailed knowledge of laboratory-based work over the course of at least 5 years, and an excellent grasp of the principles of environmental analytical chemistry

  • Extensive experience with advanced analytical instrumentation and equipment, in particular, LC-MS, high-resolution mass spectrometry, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and ion chromatography

  • Particular expertise in LC-MS multi-target method development and nontarget analysis for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a plus

  • Demonstrable laboratory experience and skills and ideally attained within a research-based environment

  • Demonstrable research experience in organic pollutants in the environment and/or humans

  • Ability to solve analytical chemistry problems concerning instrument hardware, software, and sample preparation procedures.

Qualifying Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently and also collaboratively with other researchers of various knowledge and skill levels

  • A very keen eye for detail and a meticulous approach to laboratory tasks

  • A mature approach to working safely and a good knowledge of laboratory health and safety

  • Experience in grant preparation and application, particularly for Canadian and US funding agencies, is a plus

  • Knowledge of French and English: McGill University is an English-language university where day to day duties may require English communication both verbally and in writing.

Other Qualifying Skills:

Knowledge of French and English: McGill University is an English-language university where day to day duties may require English communication both verbally and in writing. The level of English required for this position has been assessed at a level #3 or above on a scale of 0-4.

Start Date:

June 16, 2023

End Date:

June 15, 2024

Hourly Salary:


Hours per Week:

35 (Full time)


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