Technical Assistant I - Environmental & Soil Chemistry Lab

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Stockbridge Sch of Agriculture
Pay Grade: 11
Categories: Laboratory & Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Manage the Environmental & Soil Chemistry Lab.  Provide Lab and field support for environmental and soil chemistry research program.


Essential Functions

  • Manage the environmental & soil chemistry laboratory and conduct research in environmental and soil chemistry and other related areas.
  • Operate and maintain analytical instruments such as High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), Gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC_MS), Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), Liquid scintillation counter (LSC), Costech Elemental CNOS Analyzer, Particle size and zeta potential analyzer, Agilent microwave plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (MP-AES), and Shimadzu GC-2014 greenhouse gas analyzer.
  • Assist and train graduate and undergraduate students in the lab on instruments and experimental procedures.
  • Summarize and process research data, conduct statistical analyses, write reports, conduct literature searches.
  • Purchase and manage lab supplies.
  • Notify and track students for lab safety training.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Knowledge of computer software such as word processors, graphic and statistical packages.
  • Knowledge of operating analytical instruments such as HPLC, LSC, GC-MS, ICP-MS.
  • Ability to organize laboratory experiments and develop reports in a labor efficient manner.
  • Ability to work with others.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

Bachelor Degree (in Soil Chemistry or Chemistry) is strongly preferred.


Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, 37.5 hours per week


Salary Information

Grade 11


Special Instructions to Applicants

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations.  (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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