Lab Assistant (9603C) 23667
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: September 17, 2021
The Silver lab research interests are in the field of ecosystem ecology, and include biogeochemical cycling in the plant-soil-atmosphere interfaces, the effects of disturbance on nutrient cycling, and the relationships among nutrient cycling, land-use, and biodiversity. The lab works on themes linking climate, plant community characteristics, and biogeochemical cycling in tropical forests, as well as the effects of changing cover types at local and regional scales.
The Lab Assistant uses technical scientific knowledge to perform routine laboratory work under supervision to support lab projects and ensure that grant deadlines are met. The incumbent will assist with field work, lab work, data management, and laboratory supply maintenance.
- Assist in the purchase of field supplies; review and maintain pre-set stock levels, assuring availability of materials
- Collect and label soil, plant material, and trace gases in field
- Prepare (e.g. grind, sort, weigh, evacuate, label) supplies and samples for analysis
- Analyze samples on the GC, carbon- nitrogen analyzer, discrete analyzer or mass spec with instruction and supervision
- Collect and store data as directed. May run reports or collate data as needed
- Able to operate basic lab equipment
- Able to perform routine, repetitive functions while maintaining attention to detail
- Able to follow direction and complete tasks with limited supervision
- Able to communicate information in writing and verbally and to keep accurate records of work
- Experience collecting and processing samples
- Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and two years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Basic lab chemistry skills
- Prior fieldwork experience with soil, plan and gas collection
Salary & Benefits
This is an hourly (biweekly paid) position (stepped rates).
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How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:
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