Laboratory and Research Specialist I

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Position Information

Present Position Number T0531V
Role Code Title Laboratory & Research Spec I
Position Title Laboratory and Research Specialist I
Position Summary

The Laboratory & Research Specialist will assist in the execution and management of ecological experiments.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist, organize, and perform field and lab data collection. Perform sample processing.
  • Leads and assists team in documenting, labeling, and storing samples; enters data into databases with appropriate QA/QC
  • Assist in data analysis and produce data for manuscripts.
Required Qualifications

At least some college education, with previous field and lab experience.


  • Strong interest in conducting biological and/or marine research.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and experimental procedures with the ability to adhere to detailed experimental protocols.
  • Knowledge of lab and field sampling data collection, with ability to assist in field and lab processing.
  • Basic computer proficiency, with the ability to use a variety of software and database systems, with ability to perform data entry.
  • Microscopy skills, including marine invertebrate/fish taxonomy with ability to use dichotomous keys.
  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to work independently and use sound judgement in performing responsibilities.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills with the ability to work as a cohesive team member.
  • Ability to successfully perform responsibilities aboard small vessels, in the water, and on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.


  • Prior experience in collections and performing sample processing.
  • Experience working in field or in lab operations.
Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology/marine or related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Data analysis skills with the ability to generate data using statistical methods.
  • Demonstrated skills in database management.


  • Experience documenting, labeling, and storing samples is highly preferred.
  • Experience with database management is desirable.
  • Experience using statistical models to analyze data is a plus.
Advertised Pay Range Commensurate with experience
Department Biological Sciences - 141100
Location VIMS - Gloucester
University Salary Range
Job Open Date 04/19/2017
Review Begin Date
Job Close Date 05/15/2017
Open Until Filled No
Employment Category Hourly
Position Term Other (Specify Below)
Special Application Instructions
Conditions of Employment:
  • This is a temporary (hourly) position not to exceed 6 months. All hourly employees are subject to the limitation of the Virginia Manpower Control Program and total hours worked may not exceed on average 29 hours per week, over the course of a twelve month period beginning May 1 each year.
  • This is a non-exempt position, eligible to receive overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • This position may be subject to overtime during high peak times, etc. as directed and approved by supervisor.
  • This position requires the ability work on vessels while resisting motion sickness and on uneven terrain, while performing responsibility successfully in all weather conditions.
EEO Statement

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Background Check Statement

The College of William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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Required Documents
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  • Cover Letter
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