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CWU Biological Sciences Department
Research Technologist I

Posting number  P001339
Job Title  Research Technologist 1
Working Title  Research Tech
Job Category  Civil Service
Position Type  Staff & Administrative
Eligible Applicants  All (internal and external)
Appointment  Ongoing
Pay Group  CLA - Classified / Civil Service
Cycle of Appointment  12 months

Hours Worked Per Week  20
Work Schedule and Hours  To be determined
Salary Range  $1185/month with periodic increases up to $1531.50/month

Job Summary 

The primary duties of the Research Technologist will be to maintain, support and operate analytical instruments (including a flow cytometer) in support of teaching and research in the biological and physical sciences, train new users, run external user samples, and keep all user and maintenance records.
Required Qualifications 

    Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate scientific field and experience operating various analytical instruments OR, an equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education
    Excellent interpersonal, oral and communication skills
    Ability to learn new research techniques or methods
    Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications 

    Experience as a laboratory technician
    Teaching assistant experience

Working Conditions 

Work is performed in a laboratory setting with frequent in-person interactions. It is essential to be able to meet the physical demands of remaining at a desk/computer work station for prolonged periods of time, using repetitive arm, hand and finger movements. Some stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying or moving of objects and other movements may be required. Some evening or weekend work and/or occasional travel may be required.

Job Duties

Flow cytometer operation and maintenance in support of research and teaching:
• Maintain the flow cytometer and document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations, and all maintenance performed
• Train new users on the machine and instruct all users in sample preparation
• Maintain complete user records of all testing performed
• Identify problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results, correct the problems encountered or immediately notify the Keck-Murdock Flow Cytometry Facility Director or the immediate supervisor
• Assist students and instructors in teaching laboratory exercises requiring flow cytometer
• Run external user samples
• Maintain a record of all the flow cytometer supplies – Make sure supplies have received dates, expiration dates, and opened dates
• Review/train on new procedures
• Maintain an online calendar
• Explore service contracts in the region
• Perform duties as directed by the Keck-Murdock Flow Cytometry Facility Director

Perform technical procedures and operate other analytical instruments in support of research and teaching:
• Assist in the operation of other scientific instruments already within College of the Sciences (COTS), e.g. spectrometers (ICP-MS, GC-MS, NMR), and others as needed.
• Collect, record, and verify accuracy of data generated by these instruments
• Demonstrate and explain various laboratory techniques to laboratory personnel, students, and others
• Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions
• Prepare laboratory reagents and chemicals
• Order laboratory reagents, chemicals, and other supplies

Other duties as assigned

Anticipated Start Date  06/02/2014
Screening date  05/14/2014
Closing date 
Open Until Filled  Yes
Temp/Grant/Project Begin Date 
Temp/Grant/Project End Date 
Additional Information for Applicants 

Located in: Ellensburg, WA

Central Washington University provides all of its civil service employees with a generous benefits package that includes health insurance, retirement, sick leave, vacation leave, and paid holidays.
Application Instructions 

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

    A letter of application clearly demonstrating how education and experience: (a) meet the required qualifications (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications of the position), and (b) demonstrate ability to perform the responsibilities as described;

    Resume and Transcript(s)

Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date.

Please direct specific questions regarding the position to Dr. Blaise Dondji, Chair Research Technologist Search Committee. Telephone (509) 963-2715, Email:

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

CWU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or of protected veteran status.
Conditions of Employment 

Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

This position is part of a Public School Employees of Washington (PSE) bargaining unit. New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.

The seniority date for the selected applicant shall be set in accordance with Article 43.2 of the Public School Employees (PSE) collective bargaining agreement.
Posting Specific Questions

Laboratory Technician III


$3,213.00 - $4,214.00 Monthly




04/27/14 05:00 PM


Yakima Valley Community College is one of the oldest community colleges in the state of Washington.  Founded in 1928, the college has a long tradition of quality in teaching and in its commitment to students.

Our Mission Statement:

YVCC enriches and enhances individuals and communities by delivering accessible, student-centered education.  YVCC addresses the needs of our diverse communities by providing learning opportunities in basic literacy; academic, professional, and technical education; and lifelong learning.

Yakima Valley Community College is accepting applications for one Laboratory Technician III in the Arts and Sciences Division. This is a Cyclic, working 11 months, 40 hours per week, with Leave Without Pay from August 1 - September 1,  classified position with periodic salary increases, and an anticipated start date of September 2, 2014.

Reporting to the Dean - Arts and Sciences, the Laboratory Technician 3 is responsible for the support of instruction and labs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology. The Laboratory Technician 3 will supervise work study and part time hourly technicians, establish and maintain safety procedures, manage and purchase laboratory inventory as requested by faculty and maintain live organisms.


1.    Five years of clinical, chemical, public health or related laboratory experience including one year at a level equivalent to Laboratory Technician 1 or higher
2.    College education involving major study in a laboratory science may be substituted, year for year, for the required general experience
3.    Completion of a course for laboratory assistants, approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, may be substituted for two years of the required general experience


  *   Experience setting up equipment and supplies for experiments in an educational laboratory.
  *   Knowledge of MSDS procedures for handling, storage, and disposing of hazardous waste materials
  *   Experience maintaining UV/VIS & IR spectrometers, GLC and HPLC instruments.
  *   Experience preparing solutions of desired concentration (e.g. molarity and mass percent) and maintaining microbial cultures



  *   Gather, assemble, organize, store, and label all equipment, chemicals, and supplies used in the instruction of Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics classes at YVCC
  *   Maintain organisms (e.g. bacterial cultures, protists, termites, salt water aquarium, etc.) and perform quality checks to insure culture integrity
  *   Understand and follow complex oral and written instructions
  *   Set up laboratory demonstration and experiments in the classrooms
  *   At the conclusion of demonstrations and experiments, in accordance with standards for safety and environmental requirements, disassemble the equipment, clean and maintain the equipment used, and place all items back in their appropriate locations
  *   Purchase, pick up, properly store, and distribute special materials needed by faculty
  *   Maintain appropriate and current MSDS files in a designated YVCC location
  *   Assign, schedule, train, direct and supervise the support duties of work study students and part time hourly employees
  *   Assure that every work study student and part time hourly employee has received orientation and training in the MSDS requirements of all chemicals that might be encountered in the classrooms, storerooms, and prep areas
  *   Position is responsible for proper labeling, storage, record keeping and arrangements for disposal of hazardous waste generated in the laboratories
  *   Perform other duties as assigned



Matthew Loeser
YVCC Biology

Gifford Pinchot NF Outreach Seasonal Positions

No closing date listed.  See application materials for instructions.  Must apply through

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is filling TEMPORARY SEASONAL non-fire positions not to exceed 1039 hours. Positions available include recreation work such as with trail crews or at campgrounds; as biological technicians to assist with wildlife, fisheries or ecology surveys or other activities; as forestry technicians to do timber marking or planting; as range technicians to deal with noxious weeds; as archaeological technicians to assist with cultural resources projects: as equipment operators doing road work; or as visitor information receptionists.  Vacant Positions Available at Cowlitz Valley, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens Nat’l Volcano Monument Ranger Districts.

In the past vacancies were advertised under Open Continuous Recruitment (OCR) bulletins that did not have closing dates. This process has changed. Applicants now must apply to specific Forest vacancy announcements. The announcement numbers shown below will be posted at USAJOBS on an intermittent basis as they become open for application. The vacancy announcement numbers must be posted before applications can be made. Most announcements will only be open for a very limited time, so frequent checking of the USAJOB site is encouraged.

Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group [MCFEG] WCC Project Technician

No closing date listed.  Application Materials

Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group (MCFEG) is looking for an individual to fill a Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) Individual Placement opening.

The AmeriCorps Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) program provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the environmental field while serving your local community. This is a full-time, temporary 6-month position expected to begin April 6, 2014 and end September 19, 2014. Upon successful completion of 900 service hours, a $2,775 scholarship will be awarded. The WCC Individual Placement is sponsored by Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group. This position is ideal for an outgoing, energetic, organized and detail-oriented individual with experience working with the public and a passion for the outdoors.  Please see the application materials for more information.


WA State DNR --Environmental Planner 3-Trust Land Transfer Study Project Mgr.

No application deadline provided.  Apply online


$3,819.00 - $5,010.00 Monthly

Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type:  Project (limited duration) Full-time through December 2014

Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number:  807716


• “Project manager” coordinating an interdisciplinary steering committee within the Department of Natural Resources to conduct a study of state-owned trust lands that may be eligible for transfer to non-resource production uses (such as conservation areas or parks)
• Project funded by special appropriation from the Washington State Legislature for a programmatic review of the state “Trust Land Transfer Program”; final report due in December 2014
• The study project team will compile existing information about state trust lands, key trends affecting trust land management and potential revenue production, likelihood for (or known) conservation or recreation values, and suitability for potential transfer out of trust management
• Project manager will lead a team that includes DNR land managers and scientists, and work with DNR managers and support staff; potentially also working with staff from counties and other state or federal agencies


• Education and working experience in natural resources land management practices
• Experience with and knowledge of land conservation goals and objectives
• Understanding of natural resource agency legal authorities and policy implementation
• General knowledge of mapping and land use classifications
• Skills in use of word processing, spreadsheet, and e-mail computer programs, and knowledge of the functions of database software and GIS software
• Demonstrated ability to work at forming collaborative partnerships, finding workable solutions, and seeking solutions across programmatic disciplines
• Skills in communication – strong oral, written and listening abilities
• Ability to use sound judgment in decision-making
• Understanding of principles for implementing natural resources agency authorities and policies
• Working experience in project planning or implementation, especially involving multiple professional disciplines


• Experience working with GIS-based desktop computer applications
• Experiencing writing public outreach materials, technical reports or publications