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Research Technician II, Delaware Geological Survey

University of Delaware
Delaware, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Dec 2, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
University of Delaware

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Job No: 500648
Work Type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time



The program of the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) includes research, exploration, and service. Statutory responsibilities include: systematic investigation of the geology of Delaware; exploration and research pertaining to water, mineral, and other earth resources; preparation of reports and maps presenting its findings; and providing factual information and advice to officials and citizens of Delaware. Under general supervision of designated scientific staff, the Research Technician performs a variety of technical tasks, from routine to complex, to support DGS research and service programs. Duties include field-based data collection, laboratory chemical work, electrical equipment operation and repair, computer data entry, safety coordination, and general up-keep of laboratories, equipment (electrical/laboratory/field), field sites, and a sample repository. Normally works under minimal supervision and must exercise independent judgment and personal initiative. May supervise the work and training of subordinate personnel and student workers.


  • Supports operation of our groundwater monitoring network by collecting field measurements both manually and from automated data loggers. This involves travel to remote field sites in various weather conditions, maintaining site access, and communicating with property owners and other state agencies.
  • Processes geological and hydrological samples in the laboratory for specialized analysis, including chemical treatments, fossil extraction, and mineralogical analyses. (ENVIRONMENTAL/OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURES: Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.)
  • Installs and maintains highly specialized laboratory equipment, hydrologic and seismic field devices, and associated data transmission systems. This involves troubleshooting equipment problems, calibrating equipment, communicating with data-sharing partners, and the use of power and hand tools.
  • Manages in-house laboratory operations, including keeping inventory, procuring and maintaining necessary material stock and chemical reagents.
  • Supports geologic and hydrologic sample collections, including receiving samples, physical storage maintenance, inventory, and paper and digital documentation.
  • Assists with field activities including drilling, borehole logging, and geological sample collection; assists with marine or open-water sample collection, and equipment maintenance from a floating platform.
  • Acts as point person for laboratory and field safety operations, including maintaining certifications necessary to work with hazardous or radioactive materials, compressed gasses, and waste materials, assisting in the development of safety procedures for shared equipment/facilities, training other staff, and communicating with University of Delaware safety personnel.
  • Assigns work to subordinate employees, students, and seasonal staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED, Post-secondary school education preferred, in earth sciences or a related scientific field and a minimum of three years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience, is required.
  • Experience with field or laboratory operations is required; work experience as technician or research assistant in earth, physical, or natural science or engineering or a similar job is preferred.
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude including experience with power and hand tools is strongly preferred; experience in operation of small, motorized watercraft is preferred.
  • Basic computer skills and experience (Microsoft Office, data entry, demonstrated ability to learn specialized laboratory software).
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions; make independent decisions and judgments in keeping with the level of the position; and plan, prioritize, balance, and review a variety of projects that must be completed simultaneously and on time.
  • Ability to communicate and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds and to maintain a positive and collaborative work environment.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.


The physical environment requires the employee to work both indoors and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions. Requires the ability to wear protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials and ensure safety, including but not limited to masks, goggles, gloves, boots, respirators, and life jackets. Must be able to lift equipment or materials up to 50 pounds. Availability to work evening, weekend, and holidays when necessary. A valid driver's license is required.

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