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Primary Position Function: Manage a water quality research laboratory for analysis of nutrient pollution in agricultural waters.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: • Plan and direct laboratory analysis of water in a high quality, safe and efficient manner using various analytical methods (analyses including nitrogen and phosphorus species, bromide, sulfate, COD, dissolved oxygen, oxidation reduction potential, pH, Alkalinity, etc. in a variety of sample matrices including water, wastewater, groundwater, and surface water). • Oversee and direct lab purchasing. Develop and manage laboratory budget and price lists for analytes. Entrepreneurially work toward financially self-sufficient lab operations. • Report data using established protocols in a timely manner for students and clients. Develop and maintain required analytical documentation including standard operating procedures for all tests. Maintain accurate and timely data records in Microsoft Excel, apply standard quality control procedures to ensure accuracy of results, and organize and centralize files and records. • Ensure Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) for all parameter analysis. Ensure lab equipment is properly calibrated and maintain up-to-date chemical and equipment inventories. Monitor and document operation of refrigerators, incubators and other equipment to assure sample integrity and analytical requirements are met. • Adhere to all procedures to ensure reagents, chemicals and equipment are handled in a safe manner according to Chemical Hygiene plan, MSDS sheets, and Hazardous Waste procedures. • Train other staff and graduate/undergraduate students on analytical procedures, techniques and theory according to laboratory training program. Advises group regarding sampling and testing results, sampling protocol and preservatives. • Interact with staff, students, clients, external partners and vendors in a professional manner while maintaining the orderliness and cleanliness of the research facilities. Aid in outreach and engagement activities and demonstrations as directed by the lab PIs.
Education: Required: BS in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Agricultural Engineering or related field.
Experience: Required: Candidates must have at least two years water quality and wet chemistry laboratory experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Preferred: Experience with wet chemistry lab equipment (e.g., Lachat FIA, Hach spectrophotometer), water sensors, samplers, monitors and pumps (e.g., Teledyne ISCO, YSI, Solinst, Hach, Masterflex).
Training/Certifications/Licenses: Must possess or be able to obtain an Illinois Driver’s License.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent organizational skills and the ability to initiate and supervise daily tasks ensuring quality work and attention to detail. Extensive knowledge of: the principles, practices and procedures of chemistry, biological process and analysis as it relates to drinking water and waste water treatment; state and federal laws and regulations regarding water quality and analysis; laboratory safety and hazard communication; proper labeling, use, storage and disposal of chemicals.
Environmental Demands: This position may require work with potentially hazardous and noxious materials in indoor, outdoor, or greenhouse settings. The successful candidate must take proper safety precautions, anticipate unsafe circumstances, and act accordingly to prevent accidents. There is occasional need to stand, walk, lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Appointment Status: This is a 12-month, 100% time, academic professional position.
Proposed starting date This position is available as soon as possible after the closing date.
Application Procedures Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications, current CV/resume and contact information for three references by October 25, 2019. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Linda Kemplin, email@example.com. You may also visit http://cropsci.illinois.edu for additional information.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
Internal Number: 122649
About Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
The Department of Crop Sciences within the College of Consumer, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences offers world-class laboratory, greenhouse, and field research facilities as well as state of the art teaching facilities.