Lab and Field Manager

Washington State University-Vancouver

Vancouver, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Title: 323K-YN_CS_NPS – Research Technologist Supervisor

Business Title: Lab and Field Manager, WSU Global Change and Watershed Biochemistry Research Group, Vancouver Campus

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Employee Type: Classified

Job Family: Civil Service and Non-Permanent – OT Eligible

Position Details:

Lab and Field Manager, WSU Global Change and Watershed Biochemistry Research Group, Vancouver Campus

Do you have experience in an ecology or biogeochemistry laboratory? Enjoy supervising others? Apply online for a position with WSU Vancouver!

Summary of Duties

The primary responsibility will be to manage the daily operations of a biogeochemistry laboratory.

Duties will include: active participation in all experiments (design, sample collection, sample preparation, and sample analysis), preparation of data for presentation and publication (statistical analysis, graphing, writing), maintaining daily lab operations (ordering supplies, scheduling experiments, monitoring controlled substances, enforcing safety procedures), providing training to all laboratory personnel (high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars), and supervising student researchers and other research assistants.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of science or technology AND two years’ experience in a field applicable to the assignment, at least one year must include lead or supervisory experience. A Masters’ degree may be substituted for one year of required experience; OR equivalent education/experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Two (2) years of experience working in an ecology or biogeochemistry laboratory or equivalent education/experience.

Five (5) five years of experience as a research assistant working in a biogeochemistry laboratory.

Two (2) years of experience as a lab manager including ordering supplies and supervising others.

Authorship on a least two (2) peer-reviewed journal articles.

Proficiency using Excel, ArcMap, Sigmaplot, and Adobe Illustrator.

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Washington State University Vancouver

Department Name:

College of Arts and Sciences

City, State, Zip

Vancouver, WA 98686

Department Link

Work Location and Schedule

Hybrid work schedule and flexible scheduling may be an option after the initial training period.

Monthly Salary

$4013-$5268/month ($48,156-63,216/year, Range R049 Step A-Step L). The full range of this classification is $4013 to $5399/month, Step A-M. Successful candidates typically begin at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases in accordance with WAC 357-28.


WSU offers full-time employees a competitive benefits package including up to 49 days off per year through paid holidays/sick leave/annual leave, a choice of retirement plans, medical/dental/vision, basic life and long-term disability insurance, and an employee tuition waiver program. For information including a summary of benefits offered by WSU for classified staff visit:

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Posting Close Date

This position will remain open until filled. Screening of applications will begin on 01/23/2023.

Background Check

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need.  A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application

Resume (uploaded in the resume section).  

A cover letter (uploaded in the first questionnaire). 

A Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (uploaded in the additional questionnaire, see information below). 

Please include a statement on contributions to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Provide examples from your past activities and experience as well as your future plans to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging at WSU Vancouver. Include examples such as any of the following: Programming, events, and initiatives; Committee, council, or board service; Student and/or staff outreach, recruitment, and retention; Community engagement and volunteerism. WSU Vancouver’s strategic plan embeds equity in all 5 goals, including a specific goal for equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (Goal 4). Please see our Strategic Plan, Goal 4 for more information on what WSU Vancouver is doing in this space,

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.   

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses in the Washington state University system, WSU Vancouver provides baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people, communities and economy of Southwest Washington.

As the only public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is dedicated to its land-grant tradition for openness, accessibility and service to people. WSU Vancouver enjoys extraordinary community support and is committed to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs.

Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homelands of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Employees and students alike value the beauty of campus.

Recognized by Insight Into Diversity magazine as a top college for diversity, WSU Vancouver is committed to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in all that it does.

Time Type:Full time

Position Term:12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or





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