Research Laboratory Technician
Located in the historic community of Walla Walla
, Whitman's beautiful
tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse,
and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500
students. With an endowment exceeding $700 million, fiercely loyal
alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff,
Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for
academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges
in the country.
is building a diverse
academic community and especially encourages applications from
women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups,
persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional
dimensions to the college's learning environment. Whitman College
is an EEO employer.
The successful candidate will provide laboratory research support
and undergraduate student mentoring for an NSF-funded project
evaluating the kinetics of metal ion accumulation in a metal
bioavailability assay (NSF Grant #: 2003551). Research support will
include conducting a feasibility study for a novel capillary
electrophoresis method, synthesizing custom chelating resin gels,
and performing computational modelling of kinetic data. The
candidate will also assist in training undergraduates in laboratory
techniques. This role will include some professional development,
including support applying for subsequent positions, preparing
draft manuscripts for peer-review and possible opportunities to
present at conferences.
This position is a one-year appointment with the possibility of
renewal for a second year determined by performance review and
- Safely implement research tasks as described above; document,
track and report methods and results in an organized fashion.
- Assist with equipment maintenance and supply ordering.
- Assist with training of undergraduate students.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they
possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the
essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable
- Must have knowledge and working familiarity with procedures and
equipment routinely used in chemistry laboratories. Must know
standard safety procedures for working in a “wet” chemistry
- Willing to learn, have a positive attitude, and be comfortable
working both as part of a team and in self-directed independent
- Ability to positively and actively contribute to the college's
core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Highly Preferred: experience with gel synthesis and Microsoft
- Preferred: knowledge of chemical kinetics, metal-ligand
interactions, and capillary electrophoresis.
No heavy lifting is required. There will be periods of standing and
sitting depending on research activities. Similar levels of
activity to that of an office job.
B.A./B.S. degree in chemistry or a related discipline with
associated laboratory experience.
Application review will begin on August 17, 2021 and continue until
the position is filled.
September 15, 2021
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