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Lab Assistant at University of California - Santa Barbara

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Type: Full Time
Location: Santa Barbara, California





Job Description:

Job Number
20190341

Number of Hires
Single Hire

Job Open Date
06-19-2019

Job Close Date
07-03-2019

Primary Consideration Date for Open Until Filled

Additional Deadline Information

Title Code
9603

Payroll Title Name
LAB AST 2

Working Title Name
Lab Assistant

Department Profile (Specific Information about department/program):
The Marine Science Institute promotes and administers innovative research and education outreach activities spanning 14 disciplines. MSI is a complex organization of 9 administrative/service units and 5 research centers. Activities include administering over $86 million in extramural and intramural funding in over 400 project codes and an education outreach program that brings approximately 20,000 visitors to the REEF (Research Experience and Education Facility) each year. In 2017-2018, 151 academic personnel, 187 career and limited appointment staff, 59 graduate students, and 187 undergraduate students were engaged in MSI research and outreach projects.

Department Code-Name
MSII-Marine Science Institute

End Date/Contingencies for Grant Funding
18 month position.

FOC (Federal Occupation Code) Sub-Code
CB -Science, Lab & Allied Services

FOC (Federal Occupation Code)
C-Technicians (e.g., Computer Resource Specialists, Lab Asst, Artist)

Advertised Range Min (full time equivalent)

A little help* Go to Salary Scales 17.81

Advertised Range Max (full time equivalent)
19.22

Advertised Range Rate Type
Hourly

Other Advertised Salary Range Comments
$17.81 - $19.22/hr

Percentage of full-time
100.00

Days
Monday- Friday

Hours
8am-5pm

Appointment Type

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Limited Appointment End Date

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Is this a NEW CAREER position*
Yes

Summary of Job Duties
(Note: This summary will be used for keyword search) The Lab Assistant will provide field & laboratory support for the Stier Lab examining the recovery and resilience of kelp forest ecosystems in the Santa Barbara Channel and coral reef ecosystems in French Polynesia. Conducts extensive biological surveys of kelp forest and coral reef communities using SCUBA and snorkel. Follows protocols to set up, monitor, & maintain a variety of subtidal field experiments. Responsible for preparing equipment and sampling gear for use in the field & for maintaining them in proper working condition. Independently launches & pilots small research boats. Prepares for and participates in remote trips. Leads in sampling, processing field samples in the laboratory. Leads in data compilation, quality control and analyses.

Minimum Requirements
BA or equivalent in biology, marine biology, ecology, or equivalent experience. CA Drivers License. SCUBA and AAUS certification with extensive diving experience.

Desirable Requirements
French language skills, experience in field marine ecology lab. Ideal candidates will present intellectual ability and interest to design and conduct their own experiments in coral reef ecology.

Special Conditions of Employment

A little help* Go to Driver's License Requirements or Background Check Guidelines Maintain a valid CA driver's license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employee Pull-Notice Program
Satisfactory criminal history background check

Other Special Conditions of Employment
SCUBA and AAUS certification with extensive diving experience.

Position dependent upon grant funding. Current funding ends 18 months after start date.

Other Recruitment Notes

Optional Applicant Documents
Other Document (1)
Other Document (2)
Other Document (3)

Required Applicant Documents
Resume
Cover Letter

JOB DESCRIPTION

FLSA Exemption Status

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CBU (Collective Bargaining Unit)
TX - Technical Unit (UPTE-CWA)

ERC (Employee Relations Code)
E

Grade Type
Other

Grade Type

Grade Type

Grade Type

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Grade
None

End Date for Other Appointment Type (e.g., Contract or 18-month Career)

Provision Number

Type of Supervision Received

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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
BA or equivalent in biology, marine biology, ecology, or equivalent experience. Knowledge of the natural history & identification of the common algae, invertebrates & fish inhabiting southern California kelp forests and coral reefs.

Ability to lift heavy objects & endure the physical demands of an ambitious diving schedule. Ability to follow detailed protocols with general supervision. Adept at navigating and working underwater in poor visibility. Experience towing, launching, & navigating (using differential GPS) small (~22') research boats. Demonstrated mechanical aptitude with experience in the use of shop tools & light construction. Familiar with laboratory techniques used in processing seawater and biological samples.

Proficient in the use of Mac/PC compatible computers & applications (e.g. Word, Excel, SigmaPlot, R, etc).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Continuously=Activity occurs 66%
Frequently=Activity occurs 33% to 66%
Occasionally=Activity occurs Not Applicable=Activity does not exist

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Use keyboard/mouse
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Hand Activities: Fine dexterity
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Hand Activities: Hand twisting
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Hand Activities: Simple grasping
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Hand Activities: Power grasping
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Frequency of Other Activity
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MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

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Frequency of Other Activity
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ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Is exposed to excessive noise
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Is around moving machinery
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Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity
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Is exposed to dust
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Is exposed to radiation
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.