Research/Lab Assistant

Updated: 29 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 May 2024


Campus: Tempe

Research/Lab Assistant

Job Description

Assists researchers in performing a variety of routine or repetitive technical duties in a laboratory and/or on a research project. Incumbents draw largely upon their practical knowledge and experience derived from trial and error work.

Job Family

Research & Laboratory

Department Name

Biodesign Beus CXFEL Lab



VP Code


Grant Funded Position

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

Salary Range

$20.20 - $25.25 per hour; DOE

Essential Duties

  • Performs standard procedures common to an x-ray beamline and associated accelerator facility commensurate with demonstrated capability after training.
  • Duties may advance to assisting in electron beam accelerator, laser systems, and x-ray interaction experiments.
  • Will learn on-the-job how to operate and collect data using oscilloscopes, frequency analyzers, digital acquisition systems, digital delay generators, vector analyzers, frequency sources, and so forth using software developed by CXFEL personnel. 
  • Compiles data and assists in routine preliminary analyses; maintains research data in laboratory notebook, writes summary reports and reports findings to lab investigator specifications. 
  • Assists in performing electron accelerator, laser  and x-ray experiments. 
  • Collects data and performs lab analysis and/or quantifies and tabulates results. 
  • Organizes supplies, materials or equipment and sets-up equipment for laboratory experiments or demonstrations; may perform minor equipment maintenance. 
  • Assists laboratory staff in packaging of waste material and assists in arranging for disposal in accordance with established procedures. 
  • Assists with basic mathematical and statistical analyses. 
  • Assists in operations required to maintain a clean and orderly laboratory environment, including maintenance of part supplies, organization of tool and supply locations, and general lab cleaning.
  • Inventories and requisitions supplies and materials.

Minimum Qualifications

Three years related laboratory or field research experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the methods, materials and techniques used in laboratory and research work. 
  • Knowledge of research and laboratory equipment appropriate to the area of the assignment. 
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Experience in recording research data.

Working Environment

  • Regular activities require ability to manage multiple tasks at one time, to be able to prioritize tasks; to interact in a team environment: and to communicate effectively to exchange accurate information.
  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting and laboratory subject to extended periods of being in a stationary position, operating computer and other office productivity machinery; required to move a moderate distance to perform work.
  • Frequently moves up to 25 pounds for various needs.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • May be required to wear personal protective equipment before entering laboratories such as lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, closed toe shoes and respirator.

Department Statement

For the ninth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all nine years the category has existed.
ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way. To learn more about how Knowledge Enterprise is a place for your career to grow, visit
At Biodesign Beus CXFEL Laboratory, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. We value your unique background and perspective, and you may be just the right candidate for this position or other roles on our team.
Working at ASU has additional perks and OUTSTANDING benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities; and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit .

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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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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