Research/Lab Aide

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 08 Aug 2021


Campus: Downtown Phoenix

Research/Lab Aide

Job Description

Assist with developing a tool to detect pedestrian streetscape features using omnidirectional photography (i.e., Google Street View) by implementing computer vision and machine learning techniques.
Performs a variety of non-technical and a limited number of routine laboratory and/or field duties. Duties include washing glassware, preparing solutions and media and/or collecting field specimens for research purposes.

Job Family

Research & Laboratory

Department Name

College of Health Solutions MS



VP Code


Grant Funded Position

This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$13.00 per hour

Essential Duties

This project will consist of two workflows, developing and implementing a human labeling data collection tool and automating the detection of features through computer vision and machine learning. For the human labeling workflow, an existing open-sourced crowdsourcing tool can be adapted to collect and process labeled images data. For the automated detection workflow, deep learning models will be developed to detect features on a large scale. Existing open-source object detection algorithms may be adapted for this project, if feasible.

Collects glassware from laboratories, separating by type of item and size; prepares glassware for autoclaving by wrapping with foil. Stacks glassware in dishwasher, adding cleaning solution or washes glassware by hand; places glassware in oven to dry. Returns clean glassware to appropriate laboratory. Assists in laboratory work including labeling, preliminary sorting, measuring, and processing samples. Prepares solutions, reagents and media according to detailed instructions. Assists in surveying and excavating prehistoric and historic archaeological sites including mapping, profiling and completing basic field notes and records. Assists in cataloging specimens, samples or artifacts. Inventories and requisitions supplies for assigned area; checks in shipments and restocks shelves. Assists researchers with routine experiments under close technical supervision. Feeds, waters and cleans cages of research animals; restrains and/or assists with minor procedures on animals. Cleans equipment and ensures it is in good working order; performs preventative maintenance or minor repairs to field or laboratory equipment and notifies appropriate person to make major repairs. Performs routine laboratory or greenhouse tasks related to the growth or maintenance of experimental plants or animals; observes human, animal or plant subjects for responses to stimuli; records and reports observations to investigator. Collects background material and photocopies research articles from the library. Performs clerical duties such as filing, labeling, typing and record keeping.

It is expected that the candidate will devote 20 hours/week to the project, including weekly meeting attendance at the downtown ASU campus. Non-benefitted position. Must be available during the summer.

Minimum Qualifications

One year of laboratory/research, field research, technical maintenance or archaeological experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with Google Colab, Google Cloud, Agave Computing Cluster, Python, JavaScript, R, HTML, Shell, Java, C++ language skills,
  • Demonstrated knowledge with TensorFlow or Caffe2 deep learning libraries. running deep learning models in production by creating a REST API and hosting the API using Docker and Kubernetes.
  • Experience in applying computer vision and deep learning frameworks to urban design features for health is highly desired. (2 years)

Working Environment

  • Use basic math
  • Ability to clearly communicate 
  • Use office equipment, i.e. printers, copiers, fax machines, telephones, and calculator
  • Use of software/computer equipment for extended periods
  • Use critical thinking to make decisions and/or analyze and report data/results of tests conducted

Department Statement

The College of Health Solutions (CHS) is dedicated to translating scientific advances into practical interventions to improve health outcomes through education, research and service. We equip students with the knowledge and skills to influence healthier lifestyle choices; develop creative interventions to improve the health of people and populations; analyze and translate large amounts of health data into solutions; and maximize the technology, science, business and application of diagnostics. CHS research programs encompass basic, discovery science, clinical trials, intervention science and measurement of  health outcomes. CHS takes an interdisciplinary approach to address the complex systems that underpin health problems. The college is highly collaborative, transparent and team-oriented with an organizational structure that includes translational teams, affinity networks and academic programs to improve the health of people and communities. 

The current training programs include behavioral health, biomedical diagnostics, biomedical informatics, exercise science, health promotion, health sciences, kinesiology, medical studies, nutrition, population health, science of health care delivery, and speech and hearing science. Our programs are offered at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Polytechnic, West and Lake Havasu campuses, as well as on Mayo Clinic’s campus in north Phoenix. 

For more information about ASU and the College of Health Solutions, visit and

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 90,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

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