In accordance with the IHL Board Directive and Executive Order 14042, MSU requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and upload vaccination documentation by January 4, 2022 or prior to the start of employment. Alternatively, employees may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement, as specified under the federal executive order. Further information will be shared during the onboarding process should you accept an offer of employment.

Laboratory Technician

Apply now Job no: 503440
Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 011900 - Biochem,MolBio,Entmology&Plant Path
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Support Staff
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Laboratory Technician who will, in the lab, prepare insect traps in the lab for several invasive insect pest survey programs and assist with sample and specimen preparation, and perform miscellaneous administrative duties. The Technician will also assist student workers with lab activities.

Salary Grade:  09

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology pursues an academic research and service mission within the traditions of Land-Grant Universities. The Department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and currently advises approximately 500 undergraduate and 50 graduate students.

Area of Specialization:

Insect Specimen Preparation

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Prepares insects traps and lures of various types for placement in the field.
• Sets up lab equipment and supplies and ensures proper operation.
• Prepares insect specimens for museum storage.
• Maintains a high degree of organization as it pertains to categorizing specimens and inputting their data.
• May assist students with occasional fieldwork when shorthanded.
• Practices good safety control methods.
• Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

• High school diploma or GED.
• Relevant Experience (yrs.): 1 years plus the education listed above

Preferred Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree with area of focus in Entomology, Biology, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries or a related field.
• Prior work experience in an entomological museum
• Coursework relevant to biology, entomology, insect taxonomy, statistics, cartographic sciences, spermatophyte taxonomy, forest measurements, and biogeography
• Intermediate to advanced experience with Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel.
• Experience with Digital Photography

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Familiarity with trap designs used in invasive insect surveying and procedures for their establishment and retrieval
• General knowledge of insect taxonomy, identification and dissection with a particular emphasis on invasive species.
• Experience in operation of compound and dissecting microscopes along with laboratory procedure.
• Excellent organization skills and dealing with large sets of data.
• Excellent computer skills such related to spreadsheets and word processing.
• Excellent interpersonal, communications, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to prioritize competing demands and meet deadlines.
• Ability to innovate and work as a team member.
• Ability to anticipate barriers to project completion; plan and manage contingencies.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• Requires limited lifting of files, records, and insect drawers.
• Fieldwork requires ability to drive and includes exposure to the outdoors and associated unpredictable weather.
• Frequent, external imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position.
• Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands.
• Travel throughout Mississippi or other states to various events and field sites may be necessary with some overnight stays required on occasion.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applications must be submitted through the Human Resources
Management website at by completing the Support Staff
application and submitting a cover letter, resume, and three references.
For additional questions, please contact Kathy Breland at

Screening Date:

November 26, 2021.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Condition of Employment:

As required by Executive Order 14042, If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before beginning employment with the University.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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