Temporary Research Assistant

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Essential Job Duties:

The primary purpose of this position is to participate in the processing of field samples which include filtration and testing of water samples.

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Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC


Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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Working Title:

Temporary Research Assistant

Work Schedule:

Approximately 10-15 hours/week, flexible.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

- Filtration and processing of filters
- Setting up and conducting Enterococcus assays
- Preparation of laboratory media
- Maintaining algae cultures
- Participating in laboratory sanitation (e.g. glassware)
- Data recording and communication
-Although the work location will primarily be on campus in Jordan Hall, the Research Assistant may assist the Rivernet field crew or the freshwater mussel field crew with local field sampling.

Minimum Experience/Education:

Candidate must have a bachelors degree in zoology, biology, marine biology or environmental sciences.

Prior course-work must include: basic biology, aquatic biology and microbiology.

Previous experience must include both documented laboratory experience with filtration, and working aquatic samples and

Department Required Skills:

- Basic understanding of sample filtration
- Ability to use a light and dissecting microscope
- Use of a centrifuge
- Use of a fume hood
- Use appropriate sized tips on micropipettes
- Basic knowledge of wildlife biology, aquatic animal biology, and/or ecology
- Use of a computer, spreadsheets, and word-processing equipment
- Ability to work with other employees as a member of a team
- Strong communication and organization skills
- Attention to detail
- Basic understanding of microbiology, cell culture and plating
- Ability to stand and sit for extended periods of time
- Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
- Must follow the standard written protocols given
- Use of a Biological Safety Cabinet (laminar flow hood)
- Use of standard laboratory equipment such as a pH meter
- Aseptic technique

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

Preferred knowledge and experience of candidate includes prior experience working with freshwater or marine phytoplankton or algae and knowing the basic biology of aquatic organisms and particularly microbes and phytoplankton.

Required License or Certification:


Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Anticipated Hiring Range:

$15 / hour

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Posted: 2/19/2021
Application Due: 2/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time