Research Technologist I

Michigan State University

United States

December 7, 2021


Research Technologist I

Apply now Job no: 749621 Work type: Support Staff Pay Grade: 08 Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Communication Arts Sciences Department: Communicative Sciences Disorders Cas 10010084 Sub Area: CT- Clerical Tech. Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience Location: East Lansing Categories: Research/Scientific, Clerical Technical- CT, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

The Novaleski Lab in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University is seeking a limited-term full-time Research Technician for a new position beginning January 3, 2022. The laboratory of Dr. Carolyn Novaleski conducts human cough research to understand the role of breathing chemicals on cough responses and studies how the vocal folds during speech influence coughing, breathing, and upper airway reflexes. The core responsibilities of this position will include testing human subjects in cough and speech experiments, recruiting subjects, scheduling test sessions, preparing odors and other chemical stimuli for experiments, maintaining recordkeeping, entering and organizing data, and analyzing the resulting data.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruit, schedule, and run human subjects experiments to collect data during cough and speech tasks
  • Prepare research samples and stimuli for experiments
  • Order laboratory equipment, supplies, and maintain proper lab inventory of chemicals and materials necessary for the completion of human experiments
  • Enter data, document findings, and maintain accurate records and notes
  • Provide supervision and training of laboratory procedures/experiments to undergraduate and graduate students, or other new lab personnel (as needed)
  • Training will be provided to the successful candidate for common methods used in the laboratory such as general laboratory maintenance, biosafety procedures, research sample preparation, glassware care and handling, human subjects testing procedures, and psychophysics.

    Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
  • Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in a scientific related discipline (food science, nutritional science, psychology, neuroscience, chemistry, biology, kinesiology, exercise science, or communication science) or other related field
  • Up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in basic research techniques in the specific or related field; word processing, spreadsheet; database and/or desktop publishing software; presentation software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Ability to keep accurate records of the research performed
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment and software including MS Office
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems as they arise in the laboratory, collaborate with research investigators when erroneous or unexpected results occur
  • Ability to interact with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented individual capable of working independently or as part of a team
  • Previous research experience involving testing of human subjects is strongly preferred for success in this position
  • Professional attitude, well-developed organizational skills, excellent communication skills, and ability to focus on minute details of ongoing research tasks are crucial to success.
  • Prior experience with chemical preparation, wet lab techniques, human physiology testing (particularly respiratory spirometry and airflow equipment), acoustic speech and voice recording, data collection and analysis, and data collection software (REDCap, ePrime, Qualtrics, RedJade)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Application Materials
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 3 references
  • Together-we-will Statement

    The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https: //

    Work Hours

    STANDARD 8-5

    Description of End Date

    This is a limited term position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

    Bidding and Eligibility Ends on 11/30/2021 at 11:55 PM

    Advertised: Nov 24, 2021 Eastern Standard Time Applications close: Dec 7, 2021 Eastern Standard Time

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