Laboratory & Research Specialist

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Laboratory & Research Spec I

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Laboratory & Research Specialist

Position Summary:

Rivest’s Marine Physiological Ecology laboratory within Biological Sciences at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) invites qualified applicants to apply for the Laboratory and Research Specialist position.

In addition to the core competencies and experience, the ideal candidate will possess effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, the ability to work effectively with internal and external constituencies, and work collaboratively as part of a team.

The Laboratory and Research Specialist will provide assistance with biological experiments and field work in the VIMS Marine Physiological Ecology laboratory. Reporting to the PI, an Assistant Professor, the position is charged with managing the operation of the aquarium research facility, analyzing samples, and providing general laboratory maintenance.

Specific responsibilities include (but not limited to)

  • Performs sample collection and preparation to include drying, weighing and homogenizations, etc.
  • Conducts analysis (assays for total protein, enzyme activity, and oxidative stress)
  • Maintains and deploys oceanographic equipment and process data from oceanographic sensors and enter data into spreadsheet/data repository.
  • Ensure data integrity and update data methodology for publication and data repositories.
  • Orders laboratory supplies, update Safety Data sheet files and maintain protocol for general laboratory procedures.

Required Qualifications:


High School Diploma or equivalent with demonstrated field experience.


  • Working knowledge of basic laboratory procedures used in the performance of routine laboratory tests, operation of basic laboratory equipment, and collection of data or samples.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and experimental procedures with the ability to adhere to details.
  • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to work independently while managing multiple and competing priorities.
  • Proficiency in a variety of software applications to include MS Office Suite (Particularly Word & Excel). Ability to enter data into tracking sheet and audit for data integrity.
  • Solid analytical skills with the ability to conduct basic analyses and report on findings.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, with the ability to work effectively with internal external constituencies, and work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to learn new processes and equipment quickly and put into practice.


  • Experience in collection and analysis of laboratory samples.
  • Experience with field work.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience directly related to the position.


  • Knowledge of animal physiology with the ability to culture and maintain research aquaria
  • Knowledge of oceanographic sensor technology, with the ability to deploy equipment and collect / retrieve data.
  • Knowledge of best practices for carbonate chemistry measurements in seawater (spectrophotometric pH, total alkalinity)
  • Familiarity with Matlab, R, ImageJ, with demonstrated skills in performing analysis.


  • Experience in animal culturing and maintaining research aquaria
  • Experience in biochemical assays (e.g. protein/enzyme, lipid)
  • Experience in working with oceanographic equipment, performing in house calibrations, collecting and processing time series data

Advertised Pay Range:

up to $36,000, commensurate with experience


141100 Biological Sciences


VIMS - Gloucester

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Job Open Date:


Job Close Date:


Open Until Filled:


Employment Category:

Full Time Operational

Position Term:

12 Month - Continuing

Conditions of Employment::

  • This is a non-exempt position eligible to receive overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and University policy.
  • This position may be subject to long hours during peak high times, etc. as directed and approved by supervisor. During larval culturing and field seasons, early, late, and weekend hours are sometimes necessary.
  • This is a restricted position subject to availability of funding.

EEO Statement:

William & Mary and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Background Check Statement:

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.




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Posted: 10/21/2020
Application Due: 11/19/2020
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