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Research/Laboratory Assistant (Yuma, AZ) (UA Internal Only) (Temporary)

Position Details

Position Information

Title Research/Laboratory Assistant (Yuma, AZ) (UA Internal Only) (Temporary)
Department Yuma Agriculture Center-Res (2429)
Location Outside of Tucson
Position Summary

Assists researchers in performing a variety of routine or repetitive technical duties in a laboratory and/or on a research project. Incumbents draw largely upon their practical knowledge and experience derived from trial and error work.

Please note: this position may be converted into an Extended Temporary Employee position with full benefits and retirement eligibility if the hiring department is able to secure additional funding to extend the position.

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Coordinates the activities of student workers.
  • Performs standard laboratory procedures such as maintaining cell cultures requiring the use of sterile technique, processing tissue samples and preparing slides using staining techniques.
  • Maintains plant collections which includes planting, fertilizing, propagating and harvesting; performs routine experiments and analyses, as requested.
  • Maintains animal or insect colonies which includes feeding, watering, sexing and breeding the subjects.
  • Compiles data and assists in routine preliminary analyses; maintains research data in laboratory notebook, writes summary reports and reports findings to investigator.
  • Assists in performing surgeries and dissections on animals which includes setting up equipment and supplies, preparing animals for surgery, anesthetizing and monitoring heart rate of animal and harvesting tissue samples and readily accessible organs.
  • Collects samples or data and performs lab analysis and/or quantifies and tabulates results.
  • Operates laboratory and experimental equipment such as microtomes, microscopes, electron microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, analytical balances, photometers and spectrometers; makes minor repairs and makes arrangements for major repairs to be performed.
  • Organizes supplies, materials or equipment and sets-up equipment for laboratory experiments or demonstrations; may perform minor equipment maintenance.
  • Maintains detailed records of controlled substances in the laboratory; packages waste material and arranges for disposal according to established procedures.
  • Assists with basic mathematical and statistical analyses.
  • Follows established procedures to prepare solutions, media and reagents using arithmetical calculations for measuring; performs library research to find appropriate procedures, as required.
  • Cleans glassware and other laboratory equipment or materials using appropriate standards; keeps laboratory area clean.
  • Performs clerical tasks such as filing, typing, labeling and billing; inventories and requisitions supplies and materials.
  • Assists in training Research/Laboratory Glassware Attendants and/or students working in the laboratory.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials and techniques used in laboratory and research work.
  • Knowledge of research and laboratory equipment appropriate to the area of the assignment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
  • Skill in recording research data.
Minimum Qualifications

Please see ‘Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications’ below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Three years of related laboratory or field research experience; OR,any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible No
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $12.00 Per Hour
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S23372
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 06/12/2017
Position End Date (if temporary) 08/31/2017
Limited to Current UA Employees Yes
Contact Information for Candidates

Angelica Gomez,

Open Date 05/24/2017
Review Start Date 05/30/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
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Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have three years of related laboratory or field research experience; OR,any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you currently on University of Arizona payroll (student worker and employee positions) or in an official lay-off status with the University of Arizona?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents