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Work Study Job Opportunity – Assistant Lab Technician

Job Title: Assistant Laboratory Technician
Department: School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Location: Bloedel Hall, Douglas Research Center
Pay Rate: 16.39 – 21 / hour
Employment Period: Academic year, Summer
Hours Per Week: Up to 19 hours per week
Contact Supervisor: Heidi Gough
Phone Number: 2066857865
Email Address:
This position is within the Applied Environmental Biotechnology lab group under the leadership of Dr. Heidi Gough, within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. The lab group is cross-disciplinary, and includes microbiologists, environmental scientists, and engineers focused on harnessing microbial consortia to influence biotransformation of pollutants in soils, wetlands, and waste treatment systems.
Duties will be commensurate with level of experience, and are expected to include: preparing microbiological media, monitoring research bioreactors, operating laboratory equipment, extracting mixed-community DNA from environmental samples (soils and sludge), collecting samples for laboratory timed experiments, tracking and managing research data (in EXCEL and R), and participating in lab group meetings. On-the-job training is provided. The duties of the position have potential to expand as the experience of the worker increases. Position requires navigating staircases and lifting up to 40 lbs.
The position requires in-person work on the UW-Seattle campus. After training, and depending on the interest of the worker, the EXCEL and R data processing could be completed through tele-work (<20% of total hours, and dependent on in-person data collection). Our lab has a UW-approved COVID-safety plan in place, and the tasks in the description meet the criteria for Phase 2 in-person work. • Available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week, during normal business hours • University of Washington work study eligible student • Able to work independently to accomplish a task • Able to manage time • must pass required safety training and be able to follow safety protocols in the lab • Able to work safely with bacterial cultures (non-pathogens) and with chemicals. Additional preferred skills: EXCEL, WORD, R, Canvas, Library Skills. Preference given to applicants that are available in the summer term, and who expect to be able to continue work in the academic term.

Highest benefits will be for students studying environmental science, bioresource engineering, environmental engineering, microbiology, or similar field. The successful application will gain experience working on current research and knowledge on the inner workings of a cross-disciplinary research lab.
Send statement of interest and (unofficial) transcripts to, using “Assistant Laboratory Technician Application” as the subject line.

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