ALS USA Inc./ALS Canada Ltd

  • Laboratory Assistant

    Location CA-BC-Burnaby
    Posted Date 1 week ago(7/11/2018 12:28 PM)
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  • Overview

    ALS provides a broad range of testing and analytical services to a wide variety of end markets and industries around the globe. We continue to remain at the forefront of the testing services industry, building an enviable reputation

    Location: ALS Environmental, Burnaby

    Reports to: Supervisor or Team Lead

    Position Type: Casual

    About the Position: This Laboratory Assistant will assist with routine laboratory functions, such as preparing client samples for analysis and routine lab maintenance. You will be working independently and in a team environment, with an emphasis on providing quality and efficient service to clients.


    Specific Responsibilities:

    • Process samples in a timely manner, to meet client Turnaround Times (TAT) and holding time requirements;

    • Prepare, subsample, and extract samples of different matrices (ex. water, tissue, and soil) for analysis;

    • Extraction and concentration of semi-volatile parameters in soil and water samples;

    • Data entry of prep data

    • Responsible for the calibration, routine maintenance, and troubleshooting of basic lab instruments;

    • Addition of quality control standards such as matrix spike and surrogate solutions;

    • Clean glassware and laboratory equipment;

    • Monitor and restock laboratory consumables/chemicals;

    • Sample shelving, archiving, and disposal;

    • Prepare reagents, standards, and reference materials;

    • Perform all required record-keeping and documentation;

    • Monitor controlled equipment;

    • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and adhere to strict QA/QC requirements;

    • Operate and maintain simple laboratory equipment;

    • Use correct methods in accordance with the established procedures and schedules while ensuring analytical quality;

    • Observe established safety regulations and comply with all ALS health and safety policies and procedures;

    • Other duties as assigned by the Supervisor or Team Lead.


    Physical Demands:

    • Manual dexterity to perform intricate and/or repetitive tasks;

    • Ability to stand for up to a full shift;

    • Ability to sit at a desk and do general office work, which includes periodic sedentary responsibilities;

    • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs./14 kg on a regular basis and carry for short distances;

    • Wear issued personal protective equipment (PPE) such as dust masks, gloves etc., when required.

    • You may be exposed to unpleasant fumes;

    • Please note that ALS operates 24/7 and will require day, afternoon, and graveyard shift work including weekends. 

    About You:


    The ideal candidate would have:

    • Completion of high school diploma or equivalent (required);

    • Some previous experience working in a fast-paced, production, and/or preparation environment (asset);

    • Knowledge from high school science courses and/or basic laboratory safety (asset);

    • Previous experience working with chemicals or in a laboratory setting (asset).

    You would also have:

    • Good English communication skills (auditory, verbal, written, and reading) as required;
    • Ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) at a basic level;
    • Basic computer skills;
    • Accurate and efficient data entry skills;
    • Capability to perform repetitive tasks correctly in a fast-paced environment;
    • Good organizational skills with the ability to meet strict deadlines such as Turnaround Times (TAT) and holding requirements;
    • Analytical and process oriented skills with the ability to critically think in ambiguous situations;
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
    • A strong work ethic and willingness to take on varied tasks as required;
    • A commitment to excellence and a client-focused attitude.


    Looking for further details?

    • Candidates interested in this opportunity should apply online no later than July 22, 2018;
    • We would like to thank everyone for their interest in ALS but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted;

    • For the employee referral bonus program, this position is eligible for a Level A bonus award.



    ALS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where the different strengths and perspectives of each employee are both recognized and valued. We therefore encourage applications from all individuals; particularly women, First nations, people with disabilities and visible minorities.


    ALS also welcomes applications from people with all levels of ability. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


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