Maintain proper function and organization of the laboratory, including, but not limited to, the following duties: ordering (and tracking receipt of) supplies, ensuring maintenance/calibration of laboratory equipment, organizing SOPs, assuring regulatory compliance, and updating records. Prepare chemical reagents and solutions, clean and autoclave glassware, and ensure overall laboratory cleanliness and the proper overall functioning of the laboratory.
Responsible for field research administration including but not limited to setting up trials on research stations and farmlands, maintaining the trials, collecting data from the field trials, coordinating field campaigns with graduate students, and maintaining field equipment and vehicles.
Participate and assist in laboratory and field research under the supervision of the principal investigators. Typical activities will include assisting in biological, chemical, and physical analyses of soil and/or plant samples, facilitating laboratory incubation experiments, participating in field campaigns, entering data, analyzing data, etc. Due to the dynamic nature of the work performed by the two groups, additional tasks may be required, such as assisting in developing methods to perform fields surveys.
Conduct safety-related tasks, including maintenance of MSDSs (Material Safety Data Sheets), yearly EH&S inspections, and monthly safety self-audits are also part of the position responsibilities. Prepare detailed and accurate notebooks and records.
Train graduate and undergraduate researchers in the laboratory and the field on research methods, operations of research equipment, lab safety, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).