Research Technician

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 Sep 2023


Campus: Tempe

Research Technician

Job Description

The ASU Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering is looking for a Field/Laboratory Technician to collect wastewater samples using active and passive water samplers and process these samples in the laboratory for chemical or biological agents of interest.

Job Family

Research & Laboratory

Department Name

Biodesign EHE



VP Code


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$20.40 - $25.50 per hour; DOE

Close Date


Essential Duties

  • Collection of wastewater from various locations throughout cities across the Southwest by deploying active or passive water samplers or by picking up the materials from select locations
  • Sample collections/pickups will include local locations across the Phoenix metro area (up to 4 days a week)
  • Occasional travel (1x per month) to more remote locations requiring a 2-6+ hour drive or flight with overnight stays
  • Maintain sampling equipment including inventory of materials
  • Coordinate with community stakeholders for sample collection and/or pickup, and prepare for collection with all necessary materials
  • Interface with stakeholders including municipal water and sewer personnel, and other community members in person, Zoom, email, and phone
  • Wear personal protective equipment including gloves, safety glasses, lab coat, reflective vests, hardhat, steel-toed boots, face shields, masks
  • Must be comfortable driving in city traffic and remote locations/dirt roads for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift 35+ lbs (including automated samplers, coolers with ice/samples in and out of vehicles, to and from lab)
  • Must be able to remove manholes for sample collection using appropriate tools
  • Process wastewater samples using the following tools: pipettes, centrifuges, autotraces, vacuum filtration manifolds, nitrogen dry-down stations, in biosafety cabinets or fume hoods
  • Make simple solutions/dilutions and follow predefined protocols
  • Perform basic lab upkeep including dishwashing, autoclaving waste, acid washing
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Four years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to work well in a team setting.

Working Environment

  • Regular activities require ability to manage multiple tasks at one time, to be able to prioritize tasks; to manage conflict: to interact in a team environment: and to communicate.
  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting and laboratory subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating; a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distance to perform work.  
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 25 pounds. 
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and / or are subject to resolution of conflicts.  
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions. 
  • 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 eighth 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 eight 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 the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering, 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 . 

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 100,000 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.

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Background Check Statement

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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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