Research Technician 2 (Harms, JOB18-14)

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Classification:Research Technician 2
Grade:Grade 76
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Institute of Arctic Biology
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute of Arctic Biology is seeking motivated individuals to apply for the position of Research Technician on the projects of Dr. Tamara Harms. This is a full time, term-funded position.


30Conduct field sampling, including travel to remote sites. Field work will include deployment and maintenance of sensors measuring nitrate, dissolved organic matter, and dissolved oxygen in streams, as well as measurement of whole-stream metabolism and nutrient uptake in streams. Field work will occur in desert streams of Arizona and boreal watersheds in Alaska.Essential
40Perform chemical analyses (colorimetry/fluorescence, ion chromatography, gas chromatography, total carbon, elemental analysis, isotopic analyses), including sample preparation, instrument calibration, quality control, and instrument maintenance.Essential
5Communicate with PI regularly to provide organized summaries of results, report on research progress related to sponsored projects, and update on expenditures in a timely fashion to allow PI to make decisions about research and operations directions.Essential
5Contribute to organization of laboratory and maintain an environment free of contamination, including appropriate handling and disposal of hazardous waste, storage of chemicals and compressed gases, and glassware treatment/washing.Essential
5Develop and improve analytical methods and protocols new to the laboratory.Essential
5Maintain supply inventory and order supplies, including keeping records of expenditures.Essential
5Serve as on-site safety coordinator, including centralization of laboratory safety protocols and assessment of personal protective gear.Essential
5Train and oversee undergraduate and graduate students performing chemical analyses.Essential

The Research Technician's primary roles will be to oversee chemical analyses and instrumentation, and to conduct field work.

Lab-based duties include training lab users and performing chemical analyses.

Field-based duties include deployment and maintenance of water quality sensors including SUNA and EXO sensors for monitoring nitrate, dissolved organic matter, and dissolved oxygen; measuring whole-stream metabolism and nutrient uptake in streams.

The technician will also assist with data archival, order supplies, and maintain a safe laboratory environment.

Please upload a cover letter, resume/CV, and the contact information for at least 3 professional references along with your application.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position:
Individual must be motivated with strong problem-solving skills; demonstrated skill in both effectively leading and collaborating with groups; interest in ecosystem ecology; and ability to contribute to field sampling in Alaska and the desert SW. Ability to travel to Arizona twice per year is required.

Type and length of experience required for this position:
Experience with analytical chemistry, including operating and troubleshooting a Shimadzu TOC/TN analyzer, ion chromatograph, and colorimetric auto analyzer. PREFERRED: Experience conducting field work in high-latitude and desert streams; experience operating ATVs; experience estimating material uptake in streams.

Education and/or training required for this position (including licenses):
Training in operating and troubleshooting a Shimadzu TOC/TN analyzer, ion chromatograph, and colorimetric auto analyzer. PREFERRED: B.S. in environmental science, ecology, or biology.

Review Date:
To ensure consideration, please apply prior to December 6, 2017 at 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time.

Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Term Position:
This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:
The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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