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Biological Sciences Research Technician 1

Company: Oregon State University
Location: Corvallis
Posted on: March 11, 2019

Job Description:

Skills - Excel - Quality Management - Customer Service This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, seasonal Biological Sciences Research Technician 1 position for the Seed Lab at Oregon State University (OSU). 'The peak season is typically July through December. As sample numbers drop after the peak season, employee may experience a reduced FTE [or reduced hours].' OSU Seed Laboratory exists to provide quality control information to the seed industry for purposes of marketing and shipping. Seed testing for the Oregon Seed Certification Service is conducted through this laboratory. The laboratory serves the Oregon Department of Agriculture and other government agencies by conducting regulatory testing and provides technical support to OSU and to the general public in numerous ways. Technical training in the form of seed schools and workshops is provided to various groups in Oregon, other states or countries. The OSU Seed Laboratory enjoys national and international acclaim as a leader in seed testing procedures. This Biological Sciences Research Technician 1 position provides assistance and support to the Purity, Special Testing, Germination and Administration Unit of the OSU Seed Laboratory in the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University. It serves as a member of a team of other technicians, seed analysts, students and temporary workers who work to accurately complete seed tests for customers in an efficient and timely manner. The technician is responsible for weighing samples, evaluating purity test results, record maintenance, and preparing re-test requests. Assists with sample preparation and flow, answers customer questions, and assists with hiring and scheduling employees. Workloads fluctuate with increased sample numbers over the summer and fall harvest months occasionally resulting in extended work hours. Position Duties 55% Weigh Station Weighs components of completed samples and determines that correct testing procedures were used by checking what was reported by the analyst and visually examining test components for obvious errors in identification or rate of occurrence. Checks purity analysis for accuracy of sample identification and test results. Evaluates test results and grades seed quality based on specialized testing requirements. Uses tracking system to account for and track sample movement. When supervisor is unavailable, this employee is part of a team of Seed Lab employees who are responsible for the completion of tests in the Purity Unit. Records daily output on tally sheets and dry erase board. Submits completed electronic work cards using iPad to Administration Unit for reporting, or to supervisor for final evaluation. 10% Leadership Assists with organization of the daily flow and daily inventory of samples in all areas of the Purity Unit, and reporting to Administration Unit. Notifies supervisor of status of samples and discusses schedules for each phase of the testing system. At the direction of the supervisor, works with other technicians in interviewing and hiring student workers, temporary, and classified employees for the summer workload. Assists with leadership and training for sample preparation team, from sample preparation to filing the completed sample. Collaborates with supervisor on scheduling the number of employees to cover fluctuating workload. Initials and maintains training records. 15% Equipment and Record Keeping Maintains equipment in the Purity Unit and sample preparation areas to meet ISTA Accreditation standards. Equipment is calibrated and results are recorded on appropriate logs. Responsible for maintaining a schedule of equipment maintenance and records of all actions. Equipment is inspected on a regular basis and must be kept in excellent condition. Participates in use and maintenance of calibration samples for seed dividers, friction separators and maintain other calibration samples provided by national and international authorities. 5% Storage and Chemical Records Assists with monitoring bug light and pest traps, recording numbers of pests found, maintaining log of pest counts, documenting when light and traps are replaced. Periodically inspects storage area for possible problems. Responsible for keeping and maintaining an updated file of MSDS sheets relating to any treated samples submitted for testing. Supplies updated lists to sample entry staff. 5% Customer Relations Communicates with customers in person, or via phone and e-mail while maintaining strict confidentiality. Answers customer questions regarding basic identification of contaminants. Assists customers by giving them information regarding contaminants of other crops, weeds and inert material to aid them in choosing the best test or procedure for cleaning the seed lot. Calls customers to inform them of a problem with their submitted sample, and makes recommendations on a resolution. Communicates with other OSU departments as well as outside government agencies. 5% Sample Preparation Assists with preparation of samples for purity, viability and other specialized testing. This may involve various seed dividers, seed blowers, screening equipment or other specialized equipment. Incumbent must acquire training to be accredited to sample seed lots for ISTA testing. Participates in training seed samplers in ISTA sampling techniques. Training for official ISTA sampling that must be carried out within strict guidelines. 5% Performs other tasks, as needed, to maintain cleanliness of personal workstations, sample preparation area, assisting with storage area, or other areas in the laboratory to avoid cross contamination of samples and to maintain the professional image of the laboratory. Performs incidental, miscellaneous duties as needed including annual inventory of supplies. Anticipates and maintains an adequate supply of materials for area of responsibility to ensure smooth functioning of unit. Percentages of time spent performing stated duties will fluctuate with the time of year and harvest season. Minimum Qualifications Two years of college-level courses in (specific field of biological science); OR an equivalent combination of training and experience. itional Required Qualifications Must be able to work with all personality types, collaborating as a team to meet the needs of multiple workplace units and coordinating with others to meet deadlines. Effective written and oral communication skills. Must be flexible and be able to handle interruptions and stay calm and organized in a fast-paced environment. Experience working with the public, or customer service experience. Ability to independently problem solve. Legible penmanship. Experience with record keeping. Ability to perform basic math, ability to read, write and round numbers. Previous experience working with sequential numbers and significant figures. Experience with Excel and Word, ability to organize and enter data, and research information. Attention to detail and effective hand-eye coordination. Ability to perform repetitive motions, bend, lift and carry trays of seeds or other items up to 40lbs, carry trays of seeds up and down stairs, occasionally lift trays of seeds up to 20 lbs overhead. Preferred (Special) Qualifications Previous seed testing experience, such as the ability to identify most common crops and weeds tested in this laboratory. Ability to perform basic separations on most crops. Experience with Quality Management Programs and following SOPs. Possess a good understanding of ISTA Seed Laboratory Accreditation System, or other quality assurance systems. Experience with and ability to maintain testing equipment and perform routine checks and maintenance on equipment. Previous experience working with inventories, organizing and ordering supplies. Previous experience working with iPad applications. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Working Conditions / Work Schedule 'The peak season is typically July through December. As sample numbers drop after the peak season, employee may experience a reduced FTE [or reduced hours].' Incumbent will be expected to sit or stand at a workstation for extended periods of time. Must be able to bend, lift and carry trays of seeds or other items up to 40 lbs., carry trays up and down stairs, must be able to lift trays of seeds up to 20 lbs. overhead. Must be able to perform repetitive motions. This position involves working around fumes, odors, dust, noise, and pesticide chemicals. Occasionally, special projects may require some outdoor work. Typical work schedule is Monday through Friday, but may fluctuate depending on sample load. Must be able to work an irregular/flexible schedule, including overtime, depending on work volume/requirements. This position is deemed essential and the incumbent may be expected to report to work during inclement weather, emergency and other University work curtailments or closures. No This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No Posting Detail Information Posting Number P02011CT Number of Vacancies 1 Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 04/01/2019 Anticipated Appointment End Date Posting Date 03/01/2019 Full Consideration Date Closing Date 03/22/2019 Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants Special Instructions to Applicants Applications will be reviewed based on the information submitted on the employment profile with education and work history along with any other requested documentation i.e. posting specific question responses. Your profile MUST clearly show how you meet the minimum/required qualifications for the position. Resumes are NOT accepted at the application stage for classified staff positions. Typically, the starting salary is at the lower end of the salary range. For itional information please contact: **************************** OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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