Real-Time Water Hazard Sensor Research Specialist
SDSU Research Foundation - San Diego, CA

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Benefits Eligibility

Hourly with no benefits

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$24 - $27 per hour (20-40 hrs/wk)

Job Responsibilities

This position is for a 10 week assignment (June 19th - August 30th). The purpose of this position is to provide academic research, perform quality assurance on data management, and sample evaluation for on-going Real-Time Water Hazard Sensor efforts at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific. The Research Specialist will: Run sample characterization experiments, perform statistical comparative analysis of characterization data, and provide a report on results. Perform sample characterization analysis on materials of interest to the program. Plan and conduct characterization analysis of micro-organisms using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended Standard Test Organisms (STO), virus, bacteria, and protozoa. Determine the sensors ability to detect these target pathogens. Plan and conduct characterization analysis of Organic compounds represented in the EPA National Primary Standards for organic compounds as outlined in the 2008 Navy Manual for Diving in Contaminated Waters. Determine the sensors ability to detect these target organics. Perform appropriate statistical analysis of characterization analysis from experiments. Analysis should include use of standard statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, SAS, JUMP, etc) and be organized and plotted using spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel). Provide the government with technical reports of assay development and analysis.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical or bio-engineering, or related field. At least 2 years of experience working in a laboratory setting with a demonstrated understanding of laboratory techniques, methodologies, and quality assurance/quality control procedures appropriate for microbiology and organic chemistry applications.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Laboratory characterization experiments are multi-disciplinary in nature requiring knowledge and demonstrated laboratory skills in one or more of the following technical areas: analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical- or bio-engineering, molecular biology, and microbiology.

Standard Requirements

This description incorporates the most typical duties performed. It is recognized that other related duties not specifically mentioned may also be performed. The ability to report to work on time; follow directions from a supervisor; interact effectively with co-workers; understand and follow posted work rules and procedures; accept constructive criticism; for managers and supervisory personnel to lead and manage others; and to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that you get along with customers, clients, co-workers and management.

Preferred Education/Certifications

Currently a graduate or doctoral student in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical or bio-engineering, or related field.

Preferred Experience/Special Skills

At least one year of experience in conducting, refining and evaluating GCMS and RAMAN spectral data. At least one year of experience conducting spectral analysis. Design, construction, testing and evaluation of standardized and innovative laboratory chemistry and microbiology testing procedures. Demonstrated skills in interpreting organic GCMS and Raman spectral data. Completed basic microbiology laboratory training in order to culture and maintain no greater then CAT 2 organisms.

Working Conditions

Work will be conducted at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific. Due to the regulations established by the Department of Defense, only U.S. Citizens may qualify.

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