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Research and Development Scientist

41 Bittern St, Ancaster, ON
$85,000–$115,000 a year - Full-time


41 Bittern St, Ancaster, ON

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  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Vision care

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Job Description

Research and Development Scientist


A global company with a local presence. Actlabs is a Canadian owned company founded in 1987, headquartered in Ancaster and operates 15 locations in 6 countries. We are recognized throughout the world as a leader in analytical testing and development services. With over 30 years of experience, our analytical laboratories provide high quality analysis impacting every aspect of our life including: Mining and Mineral Exploration, Agriculture, Cannabis, Environmental, Forensics, Life Sciences, Material Testing, Occupational Health and Petroleum Industries.

We’re investing for the future, implementing innovative strategies to allow us to continually strengthen and lead in the industries that we serve. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to join an established and growing company. At Actlabs, we are committed to rewarding and retaining people who are passionate about making a positive impact in their professional and personal lives.

Are you interested in joining a winning team that is committed to results?


As an R&D Scientist with Actlabs, you will use your education, experience, logic, and creativity to help Actlabs continually improve quality, turnaround time, and cost of sample analysis with an eye on driving additional value to our clients.

Working closely with R&D staff and production personnel you will help to formulate R&D strategy and priorities, implement, and manage R&D projects helping to drive continual improvement in all our processes.

About You:

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Chemistry or Geochemistry and minimum of 5 years of R&D experience in ICP-OES or ICP-MS instrumentation, or B.Sc. and minimum of 10 years of progressive R&D experience in ICP-OES or ICP-MS instrumentation
  • Minimum five years progressive R&D experience
  • Excellent problem solving/analytical capabilities
  • Common sense, innovative, and proactive
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail
  • R&D project management experience
  • Ability to work with little supervision and ability to supervise others
  • Meticulous work ethic, with excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage competing demands of short and long-term projects
  • Ability to produce high quality work while meeting deadlines
  • Highly motivated and adaptable
  • Some domestic travel required


  • Perform research and development so as to improve quality, turnaround time and costs of Actlabs’ methods and processes
  • Research and development of new scientific processes, author SOPs for those processes, execute method validation and author validation report
  • Formulate research strategy on R&D projects and oversee technicians in the execution of the experiments
  • Technical improvement of current scientific processes and subsequent updating of SOPs and validation
  • Provide technical training and guidance to technicians and managers with related competence testing
  • Interface between QA and Operations - Oversee root cause analysis and corrective and preventive action of data analyst and process owners
  • Provide technical support to Actlabs’ network of laboratories (domestic and international)
  • Evaluate the adequacy of current and new equipment
  • Analyze data and generate final reports for non-routine projects to be issued to clients.
  • Prepare and follow quality control procedures to meet SCC accreditation requirements under ISO/IEC 17025 and SCC RGs
  • Maintain a safe, clean and efficient work environment in accordance with policies and procedures
  • Experience working with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
  • Other tasks as appropriate for an R&D Scientist

Job Type:

  • Permanent
  • Full-time

Salary and Benefits Actlabs Offers:

  • Salary $95,000-115,000
  • Vacation
  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Vision care

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required


  • 8-hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Ancaster, ON L9G 4V5: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location:

  • In person

We celebrate diversity and are committed to an inclusive workplace environment for all employees. Actlabs is proud to be an equal opportunity work environment.

Please note that applicants applying for Canadian job positions must be authorized to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $85,000.00-$115,000.00 per year


  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Vision care


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Master's Degree (preferred)

Work Location: In person