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Laboratory Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Laboratory Specialist
Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist I
Posting Number: SW0170950
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The laboratory and research specialist in the Carey Lab will be responsible for the following: (i) deploying and maintaining environmental sensors deployed in a local reservoir and its watershed; (ii) planning and conducting field and laboratory research; (iii) collaborating with an interdisciplinary research team; and (v) assisting with research project logistics, including helping to organize teleconferences, workshops, and outreach activities.

Required Qualifications:

- Experience doing fieldwork and environmental data collection outdoors in a range of conditions.
- Experience deploying and maintaining environmental sensors.
- Excellent organizational and efficient time management skills, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a highly collaborative team.
- Must be able to swim, safely move and handle items weighing up to 30 pounds, and be comfortable working on boats.
- Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, and graphical communication skills.
- Valid U.S. driver’s license
- Ability to start the position by April 2018

Preferred Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, natural resources/ecology, environmental engineering, or related field.
- Experience doing freshwater science fieldwork and water quality monitoring.
- Experience doing water chemistry labwork.
- Experience analyzing sensor datasets.
- Programming experience in R or a similar language (e.g., Python, Matlab, C, etc.)

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

To apply, applicants must complete the online application at www.jobs.vt.edu, posting #SW0170950, and submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references as an attachment to the application. Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2018.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience but within budget maximum
Department: Biological Sciences
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5 could vary
Posting Date: 12/04/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/16/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/82066

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
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    • Virginia Tech job site (www.jobs.vt.edu)
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    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
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    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
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  2. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only).
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents