Lab Tech

Job Title: Lab Technician
Department: Research
Reports to: Research Manager
Position Summary
A Lab Technician will work under the supervision of senior lab personnel to support daily operations through sample preparation, preparing chemical solutions, and assisting in research testing. Work would be conducted in the research lab areas. This position requires a rudimentary understanding of chemical principles and basic laboratory skills including, but not limited to, using pipets, balances, and working safely with chemicals. The lab technician will have the ability to follow direction of established procedures as well as learn to independently prepare samples for analysis and chemical solutions.
 Adhere to Virent’s Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS) policies and procedures and conduct work activities in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
 Conduct assigned routine tasks within R&D Lab operations, under minimal supervision, in support of research objectives.
 Correctly and appropriately apply basic chemical principles and laboratory techniques.
Essential Technical Responsibilities and Duties
 Properly perform weighing, volumetric measurements and other basic laboratory procedures.
 Accurately prepare samples for analysis following written work instructions or oral instructions.
 Operate lab equipment following written work instructions or under general supervision of senior personnel.
 Accurately collect and record data/results in spreadsheets, notebooks, logbooks or elsewhere as directed by supervision.
 Utilize computer software and spreadsheets to perform basic chemical calculations.
 Assist senior personnel with basic equipment maintenance and calibration.
 Consult with senior personnel on non-complex projects to learn through experience.
 Follow through on assigned tasks to completion, within agreed upon timeframes and schedule one’s own daily activities in collaboration with senior personnel.
 Communicate daily, operational details and issues to supervision.
 Participate in R&D Labs housekeeping activities and other daily operations.
 Complete all assigned training within the agreed upon timeline.
 Perform all work in a safe and environmental conscious manner by following all EHSS policies/procedures/programs.
 Work shifts as agreed upon with Lab Management.
 Perform other duties as assigned.
Behavioral Competencies necessary to perform essential functions
Innovation & Learning: Basic Level -Learns from experience and avoids repeat mistakes
Problem Solving & Decision Making: Basic Level - Makes sound decisions, given the necessary information
Analytical Thinking: Basic Level - Can analyze data to identify patterns and trends
Accountability: Basic Level - Accepts responsibility for own actions
Adaptability: Basic Level - Learns quickly in the context of an activity when given
direction and guidance
Communications: Basic Level - Written communication uses correct vocabulary,
spelling, grammar, and punctuation; provides clear,
direct, concise, complete messages.
Building Trust: Basic Level - Is responsible and can be counted on to complete tasks.
Constructive Relationships: Basic Level - Tolerant of diversity, considerate of others opinions
Teamwork: Basic Level - Willingly helps others. Co-operates with and supports
colleagues when asked.
Physical/Environmental requirements
 Physical Activities: Sitting, standing, walking, seeing, talking, keyboard use, grasping through
gloves, typing, hearing, occasional lifting (10 – 40 lbs), ability to push, pull
or roll up to 70 lbs with tools. Accommodations may be considered if
safety is not compromised.
 Level of Physical Requirements: Periods of standing or sitting
 Level of Visual Acuity: Professional/Clerical, color vision beneficial, vision through safety glasses
 Environmental Conditions: Low to moderate noise intensity level, potential exposure to hazardous
Education and Experience Minimum Hiring Expectations
 EDUCATION: Minimum of 2 semesters of chemistry courses
 EXPERIENCE: work experience in a laboratory environment (may be in an academic setting)
Basic knowledge of laboratory techniques, chemical principles, the workings of simple lab
equipment required (analytical balances, pipets). Experience with analytical
instrumentation and quantitative wet chemistry useful. Capable of effective oral and
written communication. Ability to learn and follow verbal instructions and written
procedures with minimal oversight. Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Outlook,
Word, PowerPoint and Windows.
Madison, Wis.
Part time
Posted Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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