Research Technician II

Location
Tucson, AZ
Posted
Oct 16, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Biosphere 2 at the University of Arizona seeks to fill a Research Technician II position. The successful candidate will serve as laboratory coordinator/manager for the Biogeochemistry lab. The position will maintain & assist in continuing development of the Biogeochemistry laboratory at Biosphere 2. The successful candidate will manage &maintain the laboratory, prepare & analyze samples independently, provide support to other personnel in analysis of the soil &water samples, & provide assistance in designing & conducting experiments &reporting results. This position will also ensure appropriate storage of samples & data management. The ideal candidate would have good understanding of principles &practice of both operating & repairing analytical equipment used in environmental soil &ground, surface, & sea water analysis as well as will be passionate about life-long learning, science & inquiry-based education in an informal setting & be able to communicate to a wide ranging audience. The incumbent will be focused on providing uniformly excellent customer service to all guests &consistently project a professional image of the Biosphere 2 team to all visitors. Biosphere 2 is one of the world's most unique facilities dedicated to the research &understanding of global scientific issues. The Biosphere 2 facility serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery & discussion, & a far-reaching provider of public education. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching & life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, & its place in the universe; to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking &understanding about Earth & its future; to be an adaptive tool for Earth education &outreach to industry, government, & the public; & to distill issues related to Earth systems planning & management for use by policymakers, students & the public.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities* Assist with planning and conducting laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments related to soils and mineral weathering. In particular, a large part of the successful candidate’s responsibility will be to support research at the Landscape Evolution Observatory by analyzing soil and water samples originating from the experiment. 
* Responsibilities will also include assisting with sample collection and processing of seawater and/or sediment samples for the ocean biome
* Assisting in experiments in the tropical rainforest biome by helping with collection, processing, and analysis of the water and soil samples.
* Operating and monitoring equipment for proper functioning and working with B2 and visiting scientists to develop methods as needed for new sample types or analysis need.
* Performing calibrations, regular maintenance and minor/moderate repairs on equipment and contacting appropriate party to perform major repairs and ensuring appropriate storage of samples and data management.
* Keeping the inventories and restocking supplies for the laboratory and maintaining laboratory safety protocols and waste-disposal procedures
* Additional duties may be assigned. Minimum QualificationsHigh school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required. 
Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience required.Preferred QualificationsPreferred Qualifications Experience operating, maintaining, and repairing instruments used for ion, liquid, and gas chromatography (Dionex and Agilent), and Shimadzu C analyzers, or maintaining other laboratory equipment, and background in general/analytical/environmental chemistry or soils. Preferred Qualifications would include BS degree in general/analytical/environmental chemistry or environmental or soil science or AND two years of related laboratory or field research experience or advanced degree in the area of assignment. FLSANon-Exempt Full Time/Part TimeFull TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week40 Job FTE1.0Work CalendarFiscalJob CategoryResearchBenefits EligibleYes - Full Benefits Rate of PayDOECompensation Typehourly rate Grade3 Career Stream and LevelOC2Job FamilyResearch & Lab Job FunctionResearch Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive) Number of Vacancies1 Target Hire Date Expected End Date Contact Information for CandidatesJohn Adams, [email protected] Open Date10/15/2020Open Until FilledYesDocuments Needed to ApplyResume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant Diversity StatementAt the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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