Researcher 1 (Instrumental Analysis on Water Samples)

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, USA 🇺🇸

Job Title:

Researcher 1


FAES | School of Environment and Natural Resources

Position Summary

Performs instrumental analysis on water samples using at least two types of instrumentation.  Manage workflow and reporting by utilizing systems currently in place.  This is a term position with potential for renewal based on performance.


Participate in the design, execution, and control of laboratory research studies.  To conduct experimental tests and procedures in a research laboratory; including dependently setting up and operating laboratory equipment, summarize, report, and interpret research data.  Development or revise existing methodologies as needed.  Duties will also include assisting other research staff and students in operating laboratory equipment.


Position will require some administrative duties in the form of managing laboratory workflow utilizing existing systems currently in place in the Soil Water Environmental Lab (SWEL), development and or refinement of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for existing and new methodologies, including quality control for laboratory procedures, supervision/instruction of students and staff.  In addition, this position will be responsible for operating water analysis instrumentation to include ion chromatographs, nutrient analyzer, dissolved carbon, and isotope instrumentation.  This includes basic maintenance and calibration procedures, coordination of experimental tests, participation in staff and faculty updates/progress reports.  Implementation of data reporting system that includes sample codes (ID’s) and database maintenance.  Be able to quickly query data and provide summary statistics for quality control and proposals for new funding. 


Supervision will be necessary when assisting graduate students or other staff members in operation of instrumentation listed above.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in field related to soil science, water science, and/or chemistry OR equivalent combination of education/experience.  Basic experience with analytical instrumentation and quality control procedures, including preparation of calibration standards and curves.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience utilizing SEAL nutrient and Picarro isotope analyzers.  Experience with R statistical and reporting software is also desirable. 

Additional Information:

Ohio State is focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community. Therefore, the university is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be compliant with Ohio State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire.

Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements.


Kottman Hall (0340)

Position Type:

Term (Fixed Term)

Scheduled Hours:



First Shift

Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check.  A drug screen or physical may be required during the post offer process.

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