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Scientific Assistant

Employer
Washington State University
Location
Puyallup, WA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Available Title(s):

1161-YN_ADMINPRO - Scientific Assistant

Business Title:

Scientific Assistant

Employee Type:

Admin. Professional (+) (Fixed Term)

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The Scientific Assistant will contribute to research and service related to urban tree health and community engagement in western Washington, but they will also help with other projects in the Ornamental Plant Pathology program. They will perform journey-level research and investigative duties under technical direction to support studies concerning biological sciences as applied to agriculture and natural resources. They will identify and define research problems, design approaches or hypotheses, and summarize and disseminate findings through the preparation of manuscripts, progress reports, and storymaps.

Research | 25%

The Scientific Assistant will independently conduct research by applying established or modified methods. Major tasks include visiting trees in the Puget sound to survey for diseases such as sooty bark disease and collecting samples and data. They will participate in the development and design of research projects, protocols, experiments, techniques and procedures. In some projects, they will select locations for sampling independently. They will assist with planning and organizing the logistics research projects, preparing equipment and purchasing supplies, developing and implementing experimental protocols and establishing cooperative programs with other research units.

Setting up, calibrating, operating, maintaining and repairing various scientific measurement and sampling instruments and systems as well as electronic data acquisition and control systems.

Office and Data | 10%

Computer tasks will include organizing and analyzing data, designing educational materials such as guides, posters and story maps, and writing fact-sheets and manuscripts. They will also assist with the development of program and project ideas, marketing materials, reports and proposals to granting agencies and foundations.

The employee will maintain records of experiments and compiling data into graphic, tabular or other formatting. They will analyze and interpret collected research data and ensure quality control by make improvements to techniques and interpretation.

Laboratory Operations | 25%

Tasks will include assisting in the laboratory with diagnostics, culturing, and cataloging samples. Performs laboratory research including the implementation, optimization, and troubleshooting of approaches from published literature. Common laboratory tasks will include extracting DNA, completing PCR protocols to amplify DNA, and submitting samples for sequencing.

The Scientific Assistant will also assist with management of daily laboratory operations. Conducts general laboratory maintenance and routine care of scientific instrumentation, orders supplies, keeps inventory records and maintains a safe working environment.

The employee will manage operation of specialized equipment in laboratory including set up, calibration, monitoring performance and performing routine maintenance on laboratory equipment and scientific instrumentation.

Outreach | 25%

The employee will assist with community and youth engagement activities and the coordination of volunteer events. The employee will help coordinate events and programming related to engagement opportunities for volunteers, community scientists, and student internships. Duties will also require assisting with program promotion by tabling at events or parks. Some travel to events will be required. Major tasks will also include graphic design for the co-production of invasive species awareness materials with frontline communities such as Tribal nations.

Supervision and Training | 10%

The employee will also mentor, lead and train other seasonal or hourly technicians, student interns, and volunteers.

Other | 5%

Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.

  • BS or four-year degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or natural resource related fields.

  • Strong computer literacy – tracking hours, entering data, and emailing will be required.

  • Demonstration of technical writing experience such as fact sheets or other publications.

  • Basic understanding of biology and ecology.

  • Basic laboratory skills such as sterile technique.

  • Demonstrated experience working on a team.

  • Some travel to field sites will be required.

  • A valid driver’s license is required .


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting literature searches.

  • Experience working with spatial data and creating storymaps with ArcGIS Online.

  • Advanced computer literacy – capacity to collect and manage data in excel.

  • Experience with visual design (graphic, webpages, storymaps).

  • Experience identifying trees and invasive species, including forest pests and pathogens.

  • Experience isolating microorganisms from diseased plant tissues.

  • Experience extracting and amplifying DNA from plant and fungal tissues.

  • Demonstrated experience leading a team or volunteers.

Additional Information:

Area/College:

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)

Department Name:

Plant Pathology


City, State, Zip:

Puyallup, WA, 98371

Department Link:

http://puyallup.wsu.edu/


Monthly Salary:

$4,050.92 - $5,829.37

In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position.


For more information regarding Administrative Professional (AP) Compensation at Washington State University (WSU), please visit the following website: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/classification-compensation/ap-compensation-structure/


WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for AP staff visit:

https://hrs.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024-Benefit-Overview-for-Faculty-and-AP.pdf.

Find total compensation information here: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/recruitment-toolkit/total-compensation/.

FTE:

100%

Position Type:

This is a Temporary position.

Temporary End Date:

This is a 12-month position. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.

Posting Close Date:

This position has been re-posted. Applicants must submit their completed application by July 7, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.


Application Instructions:

External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application.

Required Documents:

Applicants must upload the following required documents to their online application.

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Organization

Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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