Scientific Specialist - Virginia Coast Reserve LTER
Job ID: R0031968 | Laboratory Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
Lab and Research Technician 2 employees provide increasingly complex technical support for projects and may engage in increasingly complex scientific experiments. May handle more sophisticated administrative and logistical tasks. Lab and Research Technician 2 employees operate under supervision with a degree of independence when following set protocols and procedures.

The Virginia Coast Reserve LTER is seeking a Laboratory Technician 2/Scientific Specialist to support research operations at the University of Virginia's Coastal Research Center located on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The Scientific Specialist will join the LTER staff to provide logistical, technical and data support for long-term ecological project operations and related research initiatives.

The Scientific Specialist coordinates daily with a small, dynamic team of station staff and a large, varied community of researchers. Duties include assisting with sampling programs related to water quality, coastal habitat and meteorological data and providing logistical support for visiting scientists. They will be trained to help maintain deployed sensors and long-term data sets. Both field and laboratory duties will be required.

The Specialist position is based on site at the Coastal Research Center (Oyster, VA).

The VCR LTER and UVA CRC are committed to recruiting, hiring and supporting a diverse staff and research community. We actively work to provide an inclusive environment that fosters varied perspectives, makes field research welcoming to all, and enhances the quality of our research program.

Salary: Base salary is $36,000 and is negotiable, commensurate with experience.

Timeline: Recruiting in January. Review applications in February. Interviews completed by mid-March. Target start date in April, though negotiable.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

This full-time position will remain open until filled.

This is a restricted position contingent on continued funding.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physicians Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

  • Education: Associate's degree.
  • Experience: At least 2 years of lab experience, which may include student experience. Bachelor's degree in related science will be considered in lieu of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
The preferred candidate is expected to:
  • exhibit familiarity with scientific protocols and best practices for responsible handling of samples and data.
  • have or be willing to obtain basic coding or programming skills with an interest in continued learning toward support of scientific technology.
  • demonstrate a willingness to solve problems and find creative solutions to support scientific technology and field logistics.
  • have experience or a willingness to gain experience working around water and boats (in a coastal setting).
  • demonstrate the ability to work effectively with and support diverse local and scientific communities.

Licensure: None.

This position can spend extensive periods of time standing and squatting while conducting experiments or caring for animals. Also requires keyboarding and other bench work and animal procedures requiring fine finger manipulation.

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Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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