Laboratory Paraprofessional - AESL

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Laboratory Paraprofessional - AESL


CAES Ag & Environmental Svcs Lab

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness, and life skills. County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs, and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians’ quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety, and parenting. UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia’s largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps, and conferences on today’s issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime. UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGA Extension’s publications, educational news articles, and public television programming for advice and information.

University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Research works with instruction and extension to support Georgia’s $75 billion food and fiber industry, the largest sector of the state’s economy. CAES scientists solve agricultural and environmental problems across the state, the nation and the world.

Our diverse research portfolio is based on a well-integrated blend of fundamental and translational research. We are known nationally and internationally as leaders in poultry science, plant breeding, genetics and genomics, food safety and entomology. We are home to internationally recognized Centers of Excellence in plant breeding and genomics; food quality, food safety, and product development; and animal genetics, reproductive technology, and nutrition.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Advertised Salary:

$32,000-$39,000/yr ; based on experience and qualifications

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Laboratory Paraprofessional/Professional



Job Family:

Research And Lab



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a related field, master’s degree preferred. Prior laboratory and analytical experience highly preferred.

Position Summary:

This is an advanced and highly technical position requiring strict adherence to analytical procedures and the use of sophisticated equipment for the analysis of environmental samples (i.e. soil, plant, water, biosolids) submitted to the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL). This individual will be highly independent and will primarily be responsible for the extraction and analysis of mineral constituents of environmental samples using inductively coupled plasma (ICP). This individual will also be responsible for maintaining analytical equipment and adhering to established QA/QC protocols to ensure data accuracy and precision. This work requires good time management skills and the ability to multitask in order to provide rapid sample turnaround

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Highly detail-oriented, organized, and willing to work as part of a team, as this position will keep track of multiple samples, projects, and people.

Good analytical chemistry knowledge with proven competency in operating laboratory instruments including ICP, digestion systems, drying ovens, and analytical balances.

Ability to work independently.

Willingness and ability to maintain analytical equipment and troubleshoot issues as they arise during analysis.

Ability to provide effective and timely written and oral communication to colleagues and immediate supervisor when issues arise.

Physical Demands:

Lift up to 50 lbs.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Conduct analysis of mineral constituents in environmental samples using inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometers. Use working knowledge of instrument maintenance to conduct repairs when necessary.

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Ensure that the procedures are conducted safely with appropriate quality assurance/ controls

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Prepare samples for analysis by conducting appropriate extraction procedures

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Assist in training and educating students and less experienced employees in proper procedures and making decisions when questions arise. Impart knowledge to new staff/trainees on appropriate analytical procedures, instrument operation, and equipment maintenance.

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Backup other technicians in their absence. In the absence of primary technician, operates trace level ICP

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Support the daily operation of the laboratory including maintaining supply and chemical inventories, and ordering of consumables.

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 1/9/2021
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