Research Technician 3 (IAB JOB20-14)

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Classification:Research Technician 3
Grade:Grade 77
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF 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 3 on the projects of Dr. Tamara Harms. This is a full time, term-funded position.


10Communicate with PI regularly to provide organized summaries of results, report on research progress related to sponsored projects, and update on expenditures to allow PI to make decisions about research and operations directions. Maintain supply inventory and order supplies.Essential
10Serve as the on-site safety coordinator, including the centralization of laboratory safety protocols and assessment of personal protective gear. Contribute to the 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
15Maintain organized and accessible records of dataEssential
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
30Conduct field work in catchment biogeochemistry. Field work will include deployment and maintenance of a network of sensors measuring nitrate, dissolved organic matter, and dissolved oxygen in streams, including a telemetry network for data relay. Field work will also include tracer experiments associated with whole-stream metabolism and nutrient uptake in streams, measurement of dissolved and trace gas emissions, and sampling of soils/sediments. Field work may be based in remote locationsEssential
5Train and support undergraduate and graduate students performing chemical analyses.Essential

The Research Technician's primary roles will be to oversee chemical analyses and instrumentation in the laboratory and to maintain a network of instream sensors collecting water quality data in Interior Alaska and Arizona. The technician will support a diverse portfolio of fast-paced research projects.

Lab-based duties include performing chemical analyses of soil and water, troubleshooting analytical instrumentation, curating and organizing data, and maintaining a safe and functional lab environment.

Field-based duties include deployment and maintenance of a telemetered network of water quality sensors including SUNA and EXO instruments monitoring nitrate, dissolved organic matter, and dissolved oxygen; measuring whole-stream metabolism and nutrient uptake in streams; monitoring fluxes of trace gases and associated data collection from soils/sediments.


The individual should have strong problem-solving skills; be motivated to complete research projects; dedicated to efficiently collecting high-quality data; demonstrated skill in effective communication within collaborative groups; interest in ecosystem ecology or catchment science; and ability to contribute to field sampling in Alaska, including travel to remote locations.


Analytical chemistry, including operating and troubleshooting a TOC/TN analyzer, ion chromatograph, or colorimetric auto analyzer. Automated sensors collecting water quality data. Curating and manipulating data.

PREFERRED: Experience conducting fieldwork in streams or lakes; deploying or maintaining data telemetry systems; building or maintaining remote power systems; programming in R; Campbell data loggers.


Training in operating and troubleshooting a TOC/TN analyzer, ion chromatograph, or colorimetric auto analyzer.
PREFERRED: B.S. in environmental science, ecology, biology, or hydrology

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

The cover letter should highlight knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the key responsibilities and desired strengths listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.  

This is a full-time, Grade 77, minimum $21.59 hourly, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on Wednesday, January 8, 2019.  Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on January 7, 2020, to be considered. A complete application will include a resume, cover letter, and contact information (email and phone number) for three professional references.  An incomplete application and applications received after this initial application review date may not be considered.

Term Position:

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

Background Check:

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

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

The University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. 

Probationary Period:

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 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 UA.

Contact Information:
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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