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Student Technical Assistant Pool (Chemical Lab Assistant)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A Resume/Vita 2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. For additional information please contact: Angela Haney, angela.haney@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-1350. 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. Note: All job offers are contingent upon Human Resources final approval. This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement. This position may require driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; if so, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Student Technical Assistant
Job Title Student Technical Assistant Pool (Chemical Lab Assistant)
Appointment Type Student Employee
Job Location Corvallis
Position Appointment Percent Varies
Appointment Basis 12
Min Hourly Rate $10.25 (Standard); $10.00 (Non-Urban); $11.25 (Portland Metro)
Max Hourly Rate $16.50 (Standard & Portland Metro); $16.00 (Non-Urban)
Position Summary

This recruitment will be used to fill future part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Technical Assistant positions as needed with the Department of Wood Science and Engineering (WSE) at Oregon State University (OSU).

The Student Technical Assistants will perform routine and occasionally complex tasks in support of various industry and academic supported research projects on the performance and durability of various products. Work may include lab research and chemical lab operations.

The approximate hours worked per week will vary depending on the needs of the project, but will not exceed 20 hours per week during academic terms.

Position Duties

100% Duties may include, but are not limited to:

- Work in a chemical laboratory performing chemical reactions, chemical analyses, instrument operation, general cleanup duties, chemical purchasing, report and publication writing and presentations to various audiences depending on the project.
- Work with hazardous chemicals and/or materials as needed, depending on the project.
- Prepare wood samples for testing.
- Test wood and wood composite materials for hardness, screw withdrawal, bending, and compression strength.
- Breakdown panels into sample pieces.
- Manage data in Microsoft Excel.
- Use all manner of common lab equipment, such as microscopes, scales, measurement devices, testing machines, power saws, and data collection systems to address project goals.
- Produce photography and videos (e.g., create time-lapse videos of product behavior in varying humidity conditions).
- Drive OSU Motor Pool, personal, and/or college or university owned vehicles to collect samples and pick up/drop off materials at other facilities, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Employment Eligibility Requirements (http://fa.oregonstate.edu/stu-manual/500-employment-eligibility-requirements)

Additional Required Qualifications

Must complete Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) online Lab Safety Training(s) within three days of hire.

Must complete appropriate Wood Science and Engineering safety training(s) within three days of hire.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

This position may require driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; if so, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU 576-056-0000 et seq.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

Current Renewable Materials student in Wood Science and Engineering.

Prior experience and/or familiarity working in a chemical laboratory.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

The ability to lift/push/pull/carry up to 50 pounds may be required.

These positions work in a lab/shop environment. This may require exposure to dust, noise, and/or chemicals.

The ability to work evenings and/or weekends may be required as needed to complete experiments and projects.

The incumbent may be required to work alone or off campus, depending on the project.

The ability to drive OSU Motor Pool, personal, and/or university or college owned vehicles may be required.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P02512SE
Number of Vacancies Varies
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 07/01/2017
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Posting Date 07/01/2017
Full Consideration Date
Closing Date 06/30/2018
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / Student - open to ALL qualified/eligible students
Special Instructions to Applicants

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A Resume/Vita

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

For additional information please contact: Angela Haney, angela.haney@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-1350.

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.

Note: All job offers are contingent upon Human Resources final approval.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.

This position may require driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; if so, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Have you previously completed any Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) online Lab Safety Training(s)? If so, please specify which training(s) you have completed.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Have you previously completed any safety training(s) in Wood Science and Engineering? If yes, please specify which training(s) you have completed.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents