Program Research Specialist

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment:


Working Title:

Program Research Specialist

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate upon education/experience.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Varied hours & weekend work as needed.

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC


Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences

About the Department:

The Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) at North Carolina State University is one of the largest interdisciplinary physical science departments in the nation. MEAS offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, Geology, and Marine Science.

This position will work in a unit that monitors water quality in situ instruments at remote locations in NC.

Essential Job Duties:

  • The primary purpose of the Research Specialist position is to oversee lab and field operations as well as the data collection and archiving for the RiverNet monitoring program. The RiverNet Program monitors water quality in the Neuse and Cape Fear River basins with in situ instruments at remote field locations, and works with other researchers with cutting edge technologies to monitor storm events and global change effects on local water quality.
  • This position will oversee the operation, maintenance and repair of lab instruments to check and maintain calibration of field instruments that continuously collect water quality data. Lab instruments currently include a Hach Ion Flow-Injection analyzer, an IRMS CNOS system, and associated data and web servers within the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. This position will oversee and work with other lab and field technicians and students to insure data QAQC.
  • The successful candidate will have to work with different researchers and student groups, train graduate and undergraduate students in lab procedures, and maintain safety standards. The position will operate, calibrate, and repair analytical equipment in the lab / field including ion analyzers, mass spectrometers, gas chromatographs, YSI sondes, nitrate analyzers, ADCP surveyors, and associated computer systems and data loggers.
  • The position will maintain the lab and remote data web servers, and provide critical support to field operations. This includes providing off campus support for field teams operating 4-wheel drive trucks, small boats and routine sampling and hydrographic surveying operations. No overnight stays are required, but some time away from campus may be necessary.
  • Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College of Sciences and the University. The selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education:

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in the operation and maintenance/repair of various hydrological field instruments, isotope ratio mass spectrometers and sample preparation devices, flow injection analysis, database maintenance/archiving, and web site maintenance/construction.
  • Knowledge of Windows computers, Excel, MatLab, and experience in database maintenance.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including reports and development of standard operating procedures for new equipment and instrumentation are also preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4 year Degree in a science related field and 1 year of directly related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and/or related experience.
  • Prefer degree to be a major in geology, biology, soil science, chemistry, hydrology or other related science fields.
  • Two years experience with analytical instruments; knowledge of Windows computers, Excel, MatLab, and experience in database maintenance.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including reports and development of standard operating procedures for new equipment and instrumentation are also preferred.

Required License or Certification:

  • A valid North Carolina driver’s license is required within 60 days of start date and must be maintained.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Job Open Date:


Earliest Close Date---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.):


Notice to Applicants:

This is a time-limited position with an expected duration of up to 5 Months.

Special Instructions:

Applicants will be required to include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 3 professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:


Position Classification Band Title:

Research Specialist

Position Classification Band Level:


Position Classification Salary Range:

$36,363 - $87,527

Salary Grade Equivalency:


Alternate Option:

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Other - Flooding

Time Limited Position:


Time-Limited Appointment Length (if applicable):

5 months (budget period is currently until 6/30/2021)

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department Id:

178601 - Marine, Earth And Atmospheric


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.




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Job No:
Posted: 1/23/2021
Application Due: 1/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time