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Research Laboratory Technician

Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 30, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Research Laboratory Technician
Whitman College


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.

Whitman College 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 supervisor approval.

  1. Safely implement research tasks as described above; document, track and report methods and results in an organized fashion.
  2. Assist with equipment maintenance and supply ordering.
  3. Assist with training of undergraduate students.


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 accommodation.

  1. 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 lab.
  2. Willing to learn, have a positive attitude, and be comfortable working both as part of a team and in self-directed independent situations.
  3. Ability to positively and actively contribute to the college's core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  4. Highly Preferred: experience with gel synthesis and Microsoft Excel.
  5. 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

For full application instructions and position description, visit

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