Research Technician

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 031900 - Chemistry
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Support Staff
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

To perform a variety of routine and specialized research/diagnostic duties in the field and laboratory requiring considerable knowledge of the principles and theories of applied sciences, laboratory techniques, and methods for obtaining research/diagnostic data. Employees perform work independently within established methods and procedures.

Salary Grade:  11

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 Chemistry is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, and offers B.S.,M.S., and PhD degrees. Chemistry has approximately 80 graduate students and 120 undergraduate chemistry majors. The department is housed in the Hand Laboratory building.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 16, 2022

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Collect research/diagnostic samples such as plants, animals, soils, lumber, etc., and prepare for laboratory analysis.
2. Prepare and apply chemicals to research/diagnostic samples.
3. Participate in establishing and maintaining research plants, animals, lumber, and cultures.
4. Calibrate, operate, and maintain various laboratory equipment and devices in analysis of research/diagnostic samples.
5. Order and maintain laboratory supplies and materials.
6. May demonstrate laboratory procedures to students or others.
7. Gather, compile, and summarize data. Set up tables and graphs and assist in statistical analysis.
8. May perform literature searches.
9. May use computer to maintain data and prepare reports.
10. Assist in preparing materials for teaching purposes.
11. Perform related duties as assigned.

¬Received: Supervision from a designated faculty member or scientist.
Given: Provide assistance to employees in routine sample collection or lab duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors degree with major course work in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment.
Two years of post-secondary training in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment and two years of field and lab work experience including experimentation and research studies or closely related work experience.
High school education or equivalent plus four years of field and/or lab work experience.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Field and laboratory work experience beyond the minimum required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Must have working knowledge of chemical and biochemical safety procedures at MSU. This includes how to properly order, ship, store, and dispose of research grade biomolecules and chemicals. Skill in recombinant protein expression, separations, or other chemistry or biochemical laboratory procedures preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Work is normally performed in a typical interior/laboratory environment. Requires some lifting of up to 25 pounds. Work may involve moderate exposure to chemicals, dust, and/or unpleasant odors.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

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Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

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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