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Temporary Laboratory/ Research Pool

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Location: Poulsbo, WA, Anacortes, WA, Everett, WA, Bremerton, WA, Port Angeles, WA, Bellingham, WA, Seattle, WA, Mount Vernon, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title Temporary Laboratory/ Research Pool
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Colleges and Departments of Western support our mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

Each department may require a different set of skills.   Here is a basic list of responsibilities you may perform:

  • Laboratory and facilities management, such as maintenance and scheduling.
  • Grant and budget management
  • Conduct purchasing, do monthly requisitioning, track orders, handle vendor issues, and research new equipment needed for lab
  • Assist and teach undergraduate research students in laboratory techniques; assist with undergraduate research projects
  • Assist faculty with research projects using complex research techniques and specialized scientific equipment
  • Plan and conduct field work to gather data and/or collect samples
  • Provide on-site supervision for students or assistants in conducting research and using specialized scientific equipment
  • Prepare laboratory reagents and set up laboratory spaces for courses
  • Prepare laboratory reagents, maintain laboratory stocks, maintain laboratory inventory
  • Managing research collections that may include cataloguing, cleaning, labeling, storage and maintenance of specimens or objects.
  • Conduct experiments in support of independent research
  • Design experiments in coordination with faculty member, post-doctoral students and other lab members
  • Collect, evaluate, and analyze data utilizing statistical and analytical programs
  • Draw conclusions about collected data and sampling
  • Draft/edit scientific publications on data collected during experimental projects; prepare posters for conferences on research projects
Required Qualifications
  • High school graduate or equivalent. Most positions require additional specialized education or certifications.
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft office and statistical or data programs utilized by the laboratory.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse populations.
  • Effective communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in specialized field.
  • Six months of relevant laboratory work experience and experience in materials and methods utilized in projects to be performed by the position.
  • Two years of laboratory/research experience.
  • Advanced understanding of Excel.
  • Advanced understanding of statistical modeling
Salary Dependent upon position
Bargaining Unit Temporary employees who work more than 350 hours in a twelve month consecutive period from your original date of hire will be included in an appropriate bargaining unit.  Bargaining unit assignment dependent upon position
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Applications are reviewed by department as needed

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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