Research Associate II

University of Idaho
February 19, 2023
Offerd Salary:$51,126
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full Time
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Position Details

Position Information

Posting Number SP003640P

Position Title Research Associate II Location Moscow Division/College Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences Department Soil and Water Systems FLSA Status Overtime Exempt Employee Category Exempt Pay Range $51,126.40 per year or higher depending on experience Type of Appointment Fiscal Year FTE


Full Time/Part Time Full Time Position Overview

Performs research activities and analysis; implements, evaluates and recommends adjustments to research procedures. Responsible for synthesizing and independently preparing results for publication. Works under general supervision with a significant degree of creativity and latitude. May coordinate research operations and the daily activities of junior research personnel.

• Participating in planning and/or designing of major scientific projects, studies, or applications • Planning and conducting research and analysis of scientific data • Preparing graphic and narrative reports • Interpreting test results and comparing with determined standards and limits • Performing site inspections and field oversight if field work is required • Planning, designing, developing, monitoring and/or evaluating a distinct portion of a scientific project, study or application • Researching, designing, implementing, standardizing, and evaluating new procedures • Maintaining detailed records of results and prepares written reports acceptable to the Principal Investigator and funding agencies • Other duties as assigned

Position is located in the lab Biogeochemistry Core at UI and is affiliated with SWS. Reports to the Biogeochemistry Core Facility Leader on behalf of the user group which includes representatives of other departments in CALS, CoE, and CoS.

Unit Overview

The Department of Soil and Water Systems offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Soil Science. Other units represented within the user group offer graduate and undergraduate instruction in several biological and environmental areas of study.

Funding A visa sponsorship is available for the position listed in this vacancy. Uncertain Internal Posting?

Position Responsibilities

Key Accountability Provide Research and Analytical Support by:

Job Duties

  • Operating and maintaining several high-end analytical instruments for chemical analysis of biological and environmental samples.
  • Operating, troubleshooting, and maintaining analytical instruments including TOF LC Mass Spectrometer and Direct Analysis Real Time Mass Spectrometer, GC Mass Spectrometry, Isotope Ratio Mass spectrometer, Isotope ratio cavity ring down spectroscopy, and flow injection analyzer. Preparing standard solutions for instrument calibration, operation, and analyses.
  • Other research and analytical duties as assigned.
  • Key Accountability Provide continuity of day-to-day laboratory management by:

    Job Duties

  • Ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies and consumables from PI budgets.
  • Assisting in general management of the laboratory including organization, cleaning, and disposal of waste.
  • Maintaining laboratory compliance with the University's health and safety policies.
  • Maintaining requisite chemical inventories.
  • Coordinating use of core instruments by the university-wide user group.
  • Training users or conducting analyses on a per sample fee basis, depending on specific project.
  • Maintaining written lab protocols, assisting with preparing data for grants and publications.
  • Collecting and organizing laboratory data and uploading data to repositories as required.
  • Preparing reports for instrument users, funding agencies, and others.
  • Key Accountability Provide project support by:

    Job Duties

  • Developing user price structure with Biogeochemistry Core Facility affiliated faculty.
  • Maintaining professional and technical knowledge related to the research projects and UI systems.
  • Maintaining effective working relationships by interacting with other members of the research teams of the user group.
  • Performing other duties as assigned within the scope of this position.
  • Position Qualifications

    Required Experience

  • Two years of research experience beyond receipt of master's degree related to the domain of this position.
  • Required Education

  • Master's degree in analytical chemistry or related field.
  • Required Licensures, Certifications or other Additional Preferred

  • Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or related field.
  • Experience with specific instruments in the Core, including TOF LC/MS, DART, GC/MS, IRMS.
  • Two years of experience working in a research laboratory with demonstrated understanding of safe laboratory working practices.
  • Experience working with and analyzing biological and/or soil samples.
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and willing to learn new skills related to the analytical requirements of the user group.
  • Familiarity and experience operating and maintaining analytical instruments.
  • Experience trouble-shooting and repairing such instruments or working with company representatives to facilitate maintenance and repairs.
  • Following pre-established analytical procedures or protocols.
  • Organizing and analyzing scientific data.
  • Maintaining compliance with laboratory safety regulations.
  • Maintaining complete and accurate records.
  • Communicating effectively with users and clients.
  • Working in a team environment.
  • Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Working Conditions Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of application

    Posting Information

    Posting Date 10/12/2022

    Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

    This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

    IMPORTANT: To be considered, your “Letter of Qualification” must address EACH of the minimum qualifications, including pertinent education and/or experience. In addition, to improve your ranking during the evaluation process, address as many of the Preferred Qualifications as possible. Information on a resume WILL NOT be accepted as a substitute for submitting a Letter of Qualification.

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    Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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    The University of Idaho (U of I) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, U of I does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, genetic information or status as any protected veteran or military status in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions and educational programs.

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  • Resume/CV
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