Laboratory Research Technician, Dauphin Island Sea Lab (Feb. 15)

2018-02-12T11:55:46+00:00 January 22, 2018|

The Marine Ecotoxicology Lab at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is seeking a motivated individual as Laboratory Research Technician for an international research program, Partnerships in International Research & Education (PIRE) funded by the NSF.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a laboratory technician working under the supervision of the principal investigator in performing laboratory procedures & experiments contributing to the project goals.
  • Perform experimental work including animal (marine invertebrate & vertebrate) based experiments, cell-based & immunological assays, chemical assays, genetic & molecular biology procedures, culture of phytoplankton, fish & mammalian cells.
  • Perform routine laboratory functions including sample preparation, chemical extraction (of metabolites, toxins, lipids, proteins & DNA), isolation, purification & analytical measurements
  • Perform routine laboratory duties required for the smooth & safe operation of the laboratory such as maintaining a supply of clean glassware, properly disposing of hazardous biological & chemical waste, preparing reagents & maintaining an inventory of laboratory chemicals, consumables & related safety documents
  • Maintain a laboratory notebook in which accurate & complete records of laboratory work is maintained in accordance with accepted standards.
  • Follow laboratory SOP’s & specific written experimental protocols as well as oral instructions in performing assigned experimental work. Maintain electronic records & spreadsheets of all samples & data generated in the lab & submit reports & data summaries when requested.
  • Contribute to written reports, protocols & manuscripts as needed; Attend, contribute & present research findings at relevant seminars, workshops, meetings & conferences as requested by the supervisor
  • Work to improve & expand the skill set of others involved with this effort by communicating & maintaining team knowledge
  • Regular & prompt attendance; ability to work schedule as defined & overtime as required

Skills & Expected Competencies:

  • Effective interpersonal & communication skills;
  • Ability to follow instructions, capable of independent & collaborative work;
  • Familiarity in the safe use & maintenance of basic biochemical laboratory equipment;
  • Ability to accurately prepare chemical solutions, to perform chemical calculations & accurately prepare dilutions;
  • Proficiency in basic experimental design & statistical methods for the analysis of scientific data;
  • Ability to prepare graphs, figures, spreadsheets & meaningful tables;
  • Analytical skills & ability to resolve technical problems & interpret acceptability of data;
  • Excellent data entry & documentation skills;
  • Strong work ethic & dedication to producing high quality scientific data in a timely manner;
  • Good time management, problem solving & organizational skills;
  • Prior experience/certification in small boat operation and/or diving would be advantageous, though not a major element of the job.


  • BS or MS degree in the physical or life sciences. Candidates with proven background/experience in cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or molecular biology will be well received.
  • The successful applicant should have at least 1 year of prior laboratory experience & a current driver’s license.
  • Due to the varied work required, the candidate should be able to perform work that requires frequent standing, walking, lifting, grasping & repetitive motion; lifting up to 50 pounds over short distances; ability to perform tasks that require occasional stooping, squatting, pushing, pulling, climbing & overhead lifting.
  • Candidates need to be comfortable working in & around the open marine environment & able to swim at least 500 yards without assistance. Applicants should be willing & physically able to achieve scientific diver & boat operator certifications.

Opportunities for enhanced skills development, national & overseas travel & learning opportunities will be provided to the successful applicant.

Schedule: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Given the nature of experimental work, the successful candidate should have the flexibility to work overtime as needed & travel within & outside of the US.

Other Details: The successful candidate will receive a 1-year contract, renewable annually for up to five years pending successful performance & evaluations. The location of the position will be the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, AL. Dr. Robertson is committed to mentoring young scientists & developing a diverse marine science research community. Women & members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The DISL is an EOE & committed to diversity. We encourage individuals who bring an array of culture, experience & ideas to apply.

Please send a detailed curriculum vitae (including referees) & cover letter highlighting your interest in the position & how your experience & education fits with the position. Send to Dr. Alison Robertson at

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