Senior Laboratory Technician

Jun 28, 2022

NRRI Senior Laboratory Technician
Job opening: 348849
Location: NRRI-Duluth
Full Time position in Water Group 

About the Job:
Lab technician needed to work under various aquatic environmental projects, maintaining strict quality protocols that meet United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) standards. Duties include aquatic field work, sample processing in the laboratory, and computer work. The position conducts specialized laboratory preparations of aquatic specimens, mainly algae (water) and lake sediment samples. Field work includes testing and sample collection on-board Great Lakes ships without supervision or direct instruction. The position will include working with others on planning field excursions and instructing on the operation of laboratory equipment and procedures, ensuring safe operations. Work will be under the direction of Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) employees, though independence in completing tasks will be highly valued.


Job duties:
• Perform field work on aquatic systems in support of projects (10%).
• Train new employees in field and laboratory procedures, ensuring adherence to safety standards (5%).
• Manage and prepare water, algae, and sediment samples in a laboratory setting (60%).
• Perform data entry and maintain accurate databases. Keep detailed records of all activities (15%).
• Coordinate and maintain laboratory equipment and supplies, including purchasing and repair (10%).

Salary Range: $34,112 – $46,987
Required Qualifications:
• High school graduation or the equivalent with specialization in sciences and related coursework or experience related to the job totaling at least two years in combination.
• Organizational skills and an eye for detail (e.g., measuring sample weights, entering data in spreadsheets); demonstrated ability to organize work and information from multiple activities.
• Prior participation working in diverse teams, being respectful of other team members and being able to navigate interpersonal relationship dynamics on teams; ability to communicate and work closely with team members of many disciplines in both a laboratory and outdoor setting.
• Laboratory experience in an academic or similar setting.
• Microsoft Office (especially Excel & Word).
• Physical ability to work long hours in the laboratory or outdoors in all weather conditions.
• Educational and employment history demonstrating responsible performance in past positions.
• Valid U.S. driver’s license and ability to pass University driving background check

Preferred Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree with a focus on the sciences.
• Experience in aquatic studies.
• Writing skills to prepare reports and procedures that describe work methods.
• Experience with graphics packages (CorelDraw, Photo Paint, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)
How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted online. Please click here to visit the UMN Careers page and follow the instructions and search for Job Opening 348849. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Complete applications must include:

  • A current resume/curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information for 3 professional references.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


Applications from current AFSCME employees must be submitted by July 8, 2022 for bargaining unit consideration.  External candidates may submit applications during this time, but applications will only be considered after the AFSCME bargaining unit consideration date.


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The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
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  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

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