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Lab Technician

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Message to AFSCME Local 1761 (COLT) members ONLY: To apply, an application or resume must be submitted no later than 9:00 a.m. on 11/17/17. For additional information on positions posted on New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses call (848)932-3869.

Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Lab Technician
Job Category AFSCME 1761 (COLT)
Department SEBS-Haskin Shellfsh Rsrch Lab

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766 and celebrating a milestone 250th anniversary in 2016, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world. Rutgers University–New Brunswick took root nearly 250 years ago. We are the state’s most comprehensive intellectual resource—the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as designated by the Association of American Universities. We are the region’s most high-profile public research institution and a leading national research center with a global impact.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a lab (hatching) technician for the Hasking Shellfish Laboratory.
Provides routine technical support for microalgal culture, hatchery/shellfish production, photo-bioreactor operations, and support of research projects.
General Summary:

• Under the immediate guidance and direction of a senior technician or other supervisor, provides routine technical support relative to scientific research work or projects of a laboratory and/or teaching program.
• Collects and completes basic preparation of samples and specimens.
• Performs standard and repetitive physical, chemical, and biological tests on materials, substances, and/or living subjects. Prepares media, substances, solutions, and reagents and performs related duties as required.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week 35 hours
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 13
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 35856.900
Annual Mid Range Salary 42194.270
Annual Maximum Salary 48531.630
Standard Hours 35.00
Union Description AFSCME - Local 1761 COLT
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility PERS


Minimum Education and Experience

Requires a high school/vocational school education or equivalent with coursework completed in the relevant science area(s) and one year of research study experience. An equivalent amount of college-level study in an appropriate science curriculum may be substituted for the experience.
Requires a practical understanding and a working knowledge of basic scientific techniques, and the ability to lift and move up to 30 pounds.
Requires the ability to record and maintain data in computerized and non-computerized formats.
Must be able to communicate effectively. Will be required to participate in required occupational health and safety programs. May require a valid driver’s license, two years driving experience, and successful completion of the Rutgers Defensive Driving Course.
Regular workweek may include evening and/or weekend work.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of techniques for culturing and maintaining microalgal cultures, knowledge of photo-bioreactor system setup and operations, basic knowledge of seawater pump/filtration systems, effective oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work with diverse individuals and groups including other site staff, researchers, and students.
Working knowledge of shellfish hatchery operations and basic algal culture systems and techniques.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine science, or related field, or commensurate experience in hatchery/nursery operations and the maintenance and culture of marine organisms

Equipment Utilized

Must be familiar with the use of large-scale autoclaves, Coulter-Counter cell counting instrumentation, enclosed photo-bioreactor algal culture systems, general shellfish hatchery equipment and instrumentation, and proficiency in software applications, including Microsoft office and databases.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Must be able to lift and carry 5 gallon buckets of water (40 lbs);
willing to stand for several hours at a time;
willing to work in an environment that can be wet, muddy, or dirty;
comfortable with regular work on ladders;
able to work in a safe, but non-temperature controlled, environment for the majority of the year;
able to work in a research/lab setting.

Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST3686
Posting Open Date 11/09/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants

Message to AFSCME Local 1761 (COLT) members ONLY: To apply, an application or resume must be submitted no later than 9:00 a.m. on 11/17/17. For additional information on positions posted on New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses call (848)932-3869.

Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Off Campus
Location Details Cape May, NJ

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Are you currently a member of AFSCME 1761 (COLT)?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application