Laboratory Technician

Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 20, 2021
Employment Type
Part Time
Job Description
Environmental Studies - JM
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Job Summary:Part-Time, Temporary, Non-Exempt, Hourly, Staff Appointment

The Bruesewitz Lab in the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College is seeking a temporary laboratory technician to oversee sample analyses for a recently-funded NSF project focused on improving understanding of how algal blooms develop in lakes. This project is in collaboration with researchers at Bates College, Dartmouth University, The University of Rhode Island and the University of South Carolina. As a part of the project, water samples are collected at several lakes in Maine (China Lake, Great Pond, Lake Auburn, and Sabbatus Pond) and New Hampshire (Lake Sunapee) for measurement of nitrogen, phosphorus, and chlorophyll-a. We require a laboratory technician who will focus on running these samples. The laboratory technician for the Bruesewitz Lab will be a part-time (15-18 hours per week) position grant-funded through July, 2022. This position will work with Dr. Denise Bruesewitz, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies to organize water sample collection and analysis, organization, supply and equipment maintenance, and record keeping. Flexible scheduling is possible. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.


  • Prepare and run water chemistry samples for nitrogen and phosphorus
  • Prepare and run samples for chlorophyll-a analysis on a fluorometer
  • Prepare chemical reagents as needed for laboratory analysis
  • Assist research into harmful algal blooms in lakes
  • Order supplies and maintain equipment
  • Work alongside undergraduate students and assist the principal investigator in delegating tasks
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • A high school diploma or equivalent required; post-secondary education in Biology or Chemistry is a plus
  • Previous laboratory experience including familiarity with the use of pipettes, mass balance, and the keeping of a lab notebook
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, record keeping, and organizational skills with a high level of motivation
  • Attention to detail and accuracy are critical
  • Must be able to work independently, exercise judgment, and manage projects with minimal supervision, as well as to adjust as new projects are assigned
  • Well developed computer skills including experience using Microsoft Office Suite, email and web applications, as well as an interest in and ability to learn new programs
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community


This position has significant interactions with students and occasional interactions with faculty and staff.


Laboratory environment. General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Occasional lifting is required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Laboratory Technician - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

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