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Technician II

Employer
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Location
Texas, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

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 prepare reports.
  • Uses computer equipment for controlling equipment and compiling data
  • 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

REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Two years of related experience.

HIGHLY PREFERRED:

  • 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.

Other Requirements

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.

 

Location

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/

 

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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.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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