ALS USA Inc./ALS Canada Ltd

  • Laboratory Assistant

    Location CA-SK-Saskatoon
    Posted Date 4 days ago(10/11/2018 4:45 PM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Sample Preparation
  • 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, Saskatoon

    Reports to: Laboratory Supervisor or Team Lead

    Position Type: Casual

    About the Position: The Laboratory Assistant will assist with basic 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:

    • Sample preparation or processing;

      • Weighing and/or scooping soil

      • Adding extraction solution

      • Shaking and filtering the soil and extraction solution

      • Transferring extract to test tubes

      • Sample preparation or processing of different matrices (including but not limited to soil, water, product, manure, plant and animal tissue, etc.)

      • Drying and grinding

      • Homogenizing or subsampling

    • 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;
    • 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.


    Physical Demands:

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

    • Ability to climb stairs;

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

    • 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;

    • You may be exposed to unpleasant fumes.


    About You:


    The ideal candidate would have:

    • Completion of high school diploma or equivalent required;

    • Some experience working in a fast-paced, production, and/or preparation environment an asset, but not required;

    • Knowledge from high school science courses and/or basic laboratory safety is an asset.

    You would also be:

    • Intermediate English communication skills required (auditory, verbal, written, and reading);
    • Basic Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) and basic computer skills;
    • Accurate and efficient data entry skill is an asset;
    • Ability to perform repetitive tasks accurately in a fast-paced environment;
    • Well organized, with the ability to meet strict deadlines;
    • Analytical and process oriented, with the ability to critically think in ambiguous situations;
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
    • Strong work ethic and willingness to take on varied tasks as required;
    • Commitment to excellence and a client-focused attitude.


    Looking for further details?

    • Candidates interested in this opportunity should apply online no later than October 18, 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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