The Technician II, under general supervision,
evaluates, selects, and applies standard engineering or scientific
techniques used in research or support laboratories to provide
fee-based and/or collaborative chemical composition analysis
services to Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center programs.
This position will work in the Chemical Composition
Analysis Lab, setting up lab equipment and preparing
chemical solutions and samples for analysis. The technician
will conduct tests, analyze and interpret data, compile results,
prepare reports, and present their conclusions.
Duties & Responsibilities
- With leadership from PI and/or senior personnel, pursues an
assigned series of processes, procedures, or area of research in
accordance with general approved plans and procedures.
- Conduct tests, interpret and analyze data, compile results, and
- Uses computer equipment for controlling equipment and compiling
- Develop and optimize chemical analysis protocols to extend and
expedite chemical composition analysis services.
- Constructs, modifies, adapts, assembles, and operates
scientific and laboratory apparatus and equipment
- Provide basic routine maintenance to laboratory equipment
- Manage laboratory inventory (i.e., equipment, reagents,
supplies, etc.) and maintain standard laboratory safety procedures;
keep detailed records of data and procedures.
- Plans and supervises technical operations
- Train students and other personnel on chemical analysis
protocols, equipment use, and data analysis.
- Support other laboratory research activities assigned by
supervisor as part of the vegetable improvement program
- Other duties as assigned
Education & Experience
- Bachelor's degree in a related field or any equivalent
combination of training and experience.
- Two years of related experience.
- Master's degree in Biochemistry or related field
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of chemical analysis laboratory equipment, scientific
apparatus, and computer equipment
- Knowledge of HPLC a plus
- Ensure attention to detail.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Able to multitask and work cooperatively with others.
Employee may stand for long periods of time. Ability to lift
heavy objects or exert heavy force when needed. Willingness to work
on flexible work schedules to accommodate timely completion of
scientific experiments and other project needs.
Weslaco is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. As of
the 2010 census the population was 35,670, and in 2018 the
estimated population was 41,171. It is located at the southern tip
of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley near the Mexican border, across
the Rio Grande from the city of Nuevo Progreso, Rio Bravo,
Tamaulipas. The Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension
Center in Weslaco houses faculty from a variety of research and
extension programs, including breeding and genetics, plant
biochemistry, plant physiology, plant pathology, horticulture,
economics, range science, wildlife, and 4-H.
For more about the city of Weslaco, visit https://www.weslacotx.gov/
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to
a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon
the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other
information required by the institution’s procedures, including the
completion of the criminal history check.
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