Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Laboratory Assistant II
Requisition Number: 03024541 Final Filing Date: 08-26-2019 Closing Date: Payroll Title: LABORATORY ASSISTANT II Number of Positions: 2 Salary: $17.81 - $20.97/hr Appointment Type: Career Appointment Description: 100%. Monday- Friday, 8am to 5pm (may work outside this schedule) Overtime Eligible (FLSA): Non-Exempt Union/HEERA Representation: This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit
Location: Davis Allow Applicants to Attach: Resume Cover Letter References
Job Summary: Responsible for conducting toxicity tests using fish, algae or micro invertebrates at the UCD campus or at other locations in California assisting the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory; prepare field supplies for sampling events; collect samples of effluents, ambient samples, and organisms; clean glassware and maintain laboratory; data entry and checking. This position is critical to maintaining high quality research in a laboratory that provides year round service to government agencies and private environmental firms.
Physical Demands: - This position requires lifting 50 pounds of fish feed, office supplies, containers, water and field samples. - Must be able to see small organisms. - Possible long hours spent outside in inclement weather conditions. - Potential for time spent on a boat in rough weather conditions.
Work Environment: - This position is subject to medical surveillance procedures and review in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations and University policy. - Must be willing and able to work in an environment where animals are used for research. - Work in areas where hazardous chemicals are present. - Valid CA driver's license required. - Must be able to work outside in various inclement weather conditions. - May spend long hours in a vehicle. - Must be accessible by cell phone to provide technical assistance to the laboratory staff during non-working hours. - Work flexible schedule, with regular weekend work and occasional evenings/nights/holidays/varied lunch hours, usually on short notice to meet operational needs. - UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) and marajuana is strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
Background Check Required: No
Minimum Qualifications: - Applicable lower division coursework in Environmental Toxicology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or a related field, or equivalent work experience. - Knowledge of fish and invertebrate life stage and culturing, including fathead minnow, rainbow trout, Chironomus dilutus, Ceriodaphnia dubia, and Hyalella azteca. - Skills to work with and calibrate common laboratory equipment. - Knowledge of laboratory safety, good laboratory practices. Skills to safely handle hazardous chemicals. - Knowledge of sterile techniques. - Skill to perform serial dilutions and calculate chemical concentrations. - Skills to follow precise directions. - Skills to keep detailed records. - Familiarity with computer software including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel.
Preferred Qualifications: -Standard laboratory procedures applicable to USEPA freshwater toxicity testing. -Skills to learn and apply USEPA Quality Assurance protocols and freshwater toxicity testing standards. - Working knowledge of basic statistical procedures including linear regression analysis, non-parametric statistics, and ability to use statistical software such as R, JMP, and ToxCalc. - Data tabulation and management. - Strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team. - Skills to prioritize workload and effectively meet workload demands. - Ability to remain current with the related research literature and methods. - Skills to create and manipulate images using Adobe Photoshop, ArcView, Power Point, electronic topographical programs, ImageJ. - Public speaking and writing skills. - Strong organizational skills.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
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