Laboratory Technician I
University of Massachusetts- Boston - Boston, MA

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The temporary Laboratory Technician I for the Biology department will be responsible for providing field and laboratory support for a marine community ecology lab investigating the consequences of climate change for sub-tidal ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine. Duties include, but are not limited to: be responsible for conducting extensive biological surveys of rocky reef communities using SCUBA; follow and assist in the creation of protocols to set up, monitor and maintain a variety of oceanographic instruments and sub-tidal field experiments; establish and maintain a well-organized lab environment; maintain and organize lab sampling gear and instrumentation for the field and ensure the proper working condition; conduct biological surveys, including the abundance and size of common algae, invertebrates and fish, in the Gulf of Maine; install and recover biological sampling devices and oceanographic instrumentation from the field; document sampling protocols and metadata; assist in processing and sorting biological field samples; maintain the cleanliness and safety of the laboratory according to established standards and procedures, utilizing procedures such as disposing of contaminants, washing and sterilizing glassware, and inspecting temperature control equipment; maintain project's databases and ensure quality assurance and quality control of data entered in the database; produce, maintain and present as requested notes and graphic results of experiments, equipment calibration and organizational tasks; maintain accurate records on such matters as materials and procedures used and inventory control records; report to laboratory coordinator as required for clear and thorough communication regarding lab needs; mentor student assistants and volunteers; and other duties as assigned.

One year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical, professional or educational experience in work in a marine biological or oceanographic laboratory is required. Current AAUS (American Academy for Underwater Scientists) scientific diving certification with extensive research diving experience is required. Current small boat operator’s license, equivalent, or ability to complete requirements for license soon after hiring is required. Valid driver’s license is required. Incumbents will be required to carry and lift heavy objects and endure the physical demands of an ambitious diving schedule. Experience towing, launching and navigating (using differential GPS) small (~22') research boats and deploying oceanographic instrumentation is required. Experience in programming oceanographic instruments and preparing them for deployment to the field preferred. Knowledge of the natural history and identification of the common algae, invertebrates and fish inhabiting the Gulf of Maine is preferred.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office systems;
  • Knowledge of general underwater research methods;
  • Knowledge of the proper methods used in the disposal of laboratory materials;
  • Knowledge of calibration and adjustment techniques as applied to laboratory and field oceanographic equipment;
  • Knowledge of the techniques used in the handling and transportation of laboratory specimens;
  • Knowledge and adept at navigating and working underwater in poor visibility;
  • Ability to understand, apply and explain the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities;
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude with experience in the use of shop tools and light construction;
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions;
  • Ability to maintain accurate records;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationship with others;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment;
  • Ability to follow detailed protocols with minimal supervision;
  • Manual dexterity;
  • Strong attention to detail.
Additional Information:
UMass Boston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX Employer. Among the procedures which may be used to select personnel to fill vacant positions are review of work experience, reference checks, and interviews. All appointments and promotions will be effective on a Sunday.

Application Instructions:
Please apply


with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references

Classified. Union. Benefited.

Full time. Grade 14.

Biweekly salary: $1,478.06.

Laboratory Technician I. 40 hours per week.

State funded. Temporary, one year appointment.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Closing date for applications:
February 14, 2013