Lake Superior State University
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FLSA Designation
EXEMPT
Date Issued: 2005-11-18
Department:
School of Environ. & Physical Sciences
Title: Environmental Laboratory Technician
 
Function and Responsibility
Under administrative direction from the Associate Provost through Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Responsible for performing analysis, overseeing analytical equipment, and assisting faculty and undergraduates.
 
Duties and Responsibilities
Perform specific analysis required by EPA/GLNOP grant. Receive training on GC/MS to analyze organic contaminates in a variety of matrices. Attend additional training provided by Quantum Analytics/Agilent for GC/MS. Work with undergraduates to assist with projects involving extraction, sample preparation and analysis. Assist with the analysis of samples using ICPMS, Ion Exchange Chromatography, and HPLC. QA/QC performance and documentation. Compilation and analysis of results.

Oversee the maintenance, validation, and operation of all analytical equipment used by the LSSU Environmental Laboratory including: GC/MS, ICPMS, HPLC, IC, AA, IR, CHN elemental analyzer. Includes routine maintenance and troubleshooting, ordering and/or filling of solvent, gas or liquid nitrogen as needed.

Assist faculty members with research objectives and use of instrumentation in conjunction with coursework. Assist undergraduate students with the use of instrumentation to complete senior projects when deemed appropriate by LSSU chemistry faculty only.

Assist in the procurement of contracts to further fund the laboratory.

Other duties as assigned.
 
Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in chemistry or a closely related field and a minimum of three years experience directly performing EPA analytical and extraction methods. Must have the ability to maintain and troubleshoot instruments effectively. Experience in extractions (sediment and biological), sample preparation, and effective documentation is a must; ability to keep and maintain routine records and to make reports from such records; ability to communicate effectively and to maintain positive interpersonal relations required.
 
Physical and Mental Demands
Adequate health and fitness to maintain long hours and busy schedule. Use of gross motor skills to perform supervisory and organizational duties; use of fine motor skills in operation of computer; ability to hear, see and speak clearly, with or without aids; ability to work with numbers.
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