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University of California Riverside, Bourns College Lab Assistant 1 in Riverside, California

Lab Assistant 1

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary

22716101 Full Time 8AM - 5PM $36,749 - $42,574

Position Information

The incumbent will perform a variety of duties to help scientists and Ph.D. students involved in the research project. The incumbent will have the following responsibilities: Prepare lab equipment for upcoming research experiments; Collect soil and water samples in the greenhouse from plants and zero-run off irrigation system; Perform maintenance on the plant production growing systems; including watering plants and recording pH changes using a pH meter and any observable color changes in runoff water; Keeping detailed lab notes and attending meetings with collaborators, including graduate students performing other sample analyses; Use selective media to streak samples and record changes in microbial population number over time; Clean and maintain lab equipment; Gather data and information from plants; Monitor ongoing tests and experiments carried out in lab and greenhouse, noting any differences; Support the scientists in reporting data and compile the information into graphs and documents


Education Requirements

Degree Requirement

Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and one year of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge?s and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position. Required


Special Conditions

Special Condition Requirement

Valid Drivers License Required

Occasional travel for university related business meetings, conferences and/or professional development. Required

Work in greenhouse environment Required

Minimum Requirements

Ability to keep detailed records

Verbal and written communication skills

Experience working with lab equipment

Good teamwork skills

Preferred Qualifications

Research and analysis skills

Knowledge of computer research and analysis programs

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.

  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020

  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019

  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings

  • UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview (