Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 37.5

Salary Grade: Technical Level 7

Please note, this is a wholly grant funded, 2 year temporary full time contract opportunity.

About Western

With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.

About Us

The Robarts Research Institute within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University has made its mission to accelerate medical discovery. Through a powerful integration of basic biomedical and clinical research.

BioNext is a purpose-built incubator dedicated to translation of medical innovations into new health solutions, providing Western researchers with a portal to commercial prospects and the translation of discoveries from the lab bench through incubation to the global market. A key aspect to BioNext’s mission is to support trainees and entrepreneurs aiming to serve under-resourced settings through the Frugal Biomedical Innovations program.


The Biomedical Fabrication Specialist will apply their expertise and knowledge to the design, fabrication, testing, modification and manufacturing of medical and biomedical devices vital to the success of research programs at Robarts Research Institute, the BioNext MedTech incubator, and the Frugal Biomedical Innovations Program. The role will support existing and new specialized equipment essential to continuing the on-site capabilities and will be responsible for setting up, installing and maintaining equipment, completing upgrades, and providing training and hands-on technical expertise regarding equipment and instrumentation. The Specialist will serve researchers at Robarts Research Institute, participants in the BioNext incubator, and the Frugal Biomedical Innovations Program, established through the School of Biomedical Engineering, by providing support and guidance regarding project design, and on approaches to utilizing required equipment and tools to ensure timely, innovative and reliable project outcomes are achieved.



  • Diploma or Trades/Vocational certificate in Mechanical Engineering, Machining or Tool Making
  • Completed Apprenticeship as a General Machinist with a Certificate of Qualification
  • Project Management Professional Certification completed or in progress is preferred


  • 5 years’ (post-apprenticeship) working experience as a machinist in a machining, manufacturing, research, or laboratory setting
  • Experience operating and maintaining FDM 3D printers required
  • Proficiency with CAD software (such as Solidworks, Mastercam)
  • Experience operating and maintaining SLA printers, 3D metal printers (Renishaw) is preferred
  • Experience working under a quality management system would be an asset
  • Previous work experience on multiple large and small scale research projects is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge of manufacturing technology with expertise using the entire suite of conventional machine shop equipment (such as mill, lathe, router, saws), hand tools, as well as CNC versions of equipment
  • Familiarity with blueprints and technical drawings with proficiency in computer-aided design to prepare working drawings for approval and subsequent manufacturing
  • In-depth knowledge related to troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair of mechanical, electrical, and/or electronic devices
  • Computer skills with the ability to learn and use relevant software, applications or equipment that achieves required outcomes for the projects
  • Project management skills to assist with the successful completion of multiple projects simultaneously
  • Communication skills to describe technical concepts effectively to both novice and sophisticated users and with an ability to write clear, concise and accurate procedural documentation
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to function and process information with high levels of accuracy
  • Multi-tasking skills to prioritize and consistently produce high-quality work within deadlines
  • Proven ability and natural inclination to develop relationships by interacting with students, staff, researchers, and start-up companies in a professional, respectful and diplomatic manner
  • Ability to work in a manner that models best practices in confidentiality standards
  • Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the University’s events and activities
  • Excellent troubleshooting ability along with hands-on expertise in technical support
  • Ability to provide guidance on the proper and safe use of materials and equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to research/investigate issues and resolve problems

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:
Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.