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Laboratory Equipment Specialist

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Laboratory Equipment Specialist - 2366
Pay Grade 32
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80107P
Working Title Laboratory Equipment Specialist
Advertised Employing Department Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Continuous
Proposed Start Date 05/01/2018
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences seeks applicants for a Laboratory Equipment Specialist to be responsible for departmental and lab equipment including but not limited to SEM, Mass Spectrometer, Ice deformation (Ring Shear) device, Structural Geology shear strain tables, and various wet lab facilities.

Duties include developing operational procedures and training of faculty, staff and students on operation of new and existing equipment; designing and or devising new or modified equipment to improve the operation of lab equipment and facilities; supervising the set-up, maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment and facilities; and developing, implementing and supervising a safety program for all department laboratories and assisting in other laboratory operations activities.

Duties also include a minimum of 1-2 weeks at the Wyoming Field Station to help with operational maintenance and problem solving (computers, electrical system, equipment, etc.,).

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills along with strong, hands-on, problem-solving capabilities. The candidate will also be a motivated self-starter with an ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team made up of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students and outside clientele.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience
Preferred Education and Experience

Experience with analytical (geochemical) equipment.

Experience assessing the condition and needs of specialized equipment (electronics, microprocessors and computer programs) and facilities to keep in safe working order.

Teaching experience with highly specialized technical and automated equipment.

Experience performing cost analysis to help determine whether to repair versus replace equipment.

Experience with electrical wiring diagrams/schematics, set-up and repair of machinery/equipment and facilities.

Degree in Geosciences or Engineering.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

The Guaranteed Consideration Date has been extended.

Department Contact Name Deann Frisk
Department Contact Phone
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 03/30/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your experience with analytical (geochemical) equipment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe your experience assessing the condition and needs of specialized equipment (electronics, microprocessors and computer programs) and facilities to keep in safe working order.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Describe any teaching experience with highly specialized technical and automated equipment you may have.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Tell about any experience you have performing cost analysis to help determine whether to repair versus replace equipment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Describe your experience with electrical wiring diagrams/schematics, set-up and repair of machinery/equipment and facilities.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents