Lab Coordinator

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Lab Coordinator
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 201701000AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range 28000-32000
Desired Start Date 02/01/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/28/2017
Description of Work Unit

EcoCore Analytical Facility provides analytical, training and educational services related to ecology and ecosystem research to clients across several colleges at Colorado State University, as well as local federal agencies and other universities and institutes.
Our analytical facility is a campus-wide, common-use facility for a broad suite of elemental, molecular, microbial, and isotopic analysis of soil, plant, water and other environmental samples. We provide training and hands-on experience to students, post-docs and scientists on all our instruments while also operating as a service laboratory, offering a variety of analyses on a fee basis.
EcoCore is housed and managed by the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL), based in the Warner College of Natural Resources.
Our mission is to provide and expand high-quality and cutting-edge capabilities, facilities, and expertise to our scientific community and to facilitate new and emerging research.

Position Summary

Manage the laboratory hazardous waste, including weekly inspections, labeling and packaging waste for disposal and submitting requests for disposal. Oversee the preparation, packaging and shipping of bottles for water chemistry to NEON sites across the country. Receive, subsample, distribute, preserve and analyze NEON water samples from across the country. Collect billing information from instrument and laboratory logs and enter it into the CSU accounting system. Use the university system to prepare invoices for off campus clients. Perform a variety of analyses on soil, plant, water, and gas samples including receipt, preparation, analysis, data processing and report generation. Supervise student hourly employees. Maintain and repair lab equipment. Assist the Analytical Facilities Manager in overseeing the day to day operation of the laboratory. Assist the Business and Research Manager with the billing and accounting.

Required Job Qualifications

BS degree in Soils, Agronomy, Chemistry, Ecology or related field.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience using the CSU hazardous waste disposal system.
Experience with the operation and maintenance of: Leco Tru-Spec carbon and nitrogen analyzer, Costech Elemental Analyzer Coupled to a Thermo Delta V Isotope Ratio Mass spectrometer, Precon device coupled to a Thermo Delta V Isotope Ratio Mass spectrometer, Microgas Injector coupled to a VG Isochrom Isotope Ratio Mass spectrometer, Tecan microplate reader. Licor 6252 Infrared Gas Analyzer, Ball and Roller mill soil grinders.
Working knowledge of CSU’s I-ship system.
Experience prepping and packaging glass water sampling bottles for shipment around the country.
Experience measuring soil inorganic carbon by the pressure transducer method.
Experience measuring soil inorganic nitrogen, carbon and nitrogen mineralization potential, soil microbial biomass using the chloroform fumigation-extraction method and the phospholipid fatty acid method, plant cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.
Experience receiving, subsampling, preserving and analyzing time sensitive water samples. Experience working in a multi-disciplinary shared research/contract laboratory.
Experience supervising student employees.
Working knowledge of compliance with USDA quarantined soil and plant regulations.
Working knowledge of NREL’s external client billing system.
Experience maintaining and repairing Lab equipment.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Hazardous waste management

Perform weekly inspections of hazardous waste satellite accumulation areas to ensure that all waste containers are closed, properly labeled, are in good condition and are compatible with the waste. Ensure incompatible wastes are segregated and accumulation time limits are not exceeded. Package and label wastes for disposal. Prepare Requests for Disposal and submit to Environmental Health Services. Provide training and support to lab workers as needed to make sure the lab is in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Percentage Of Time 15
Job Duty Category Billing and accounting

Enter instrument sample log information into the departmental billing software. Make sure that all samples analyzed are entered into the logs and that all log entries are complete. Contact instrument operators and principal investigators to obtain any missing information. Prepare invoices for external clients in the university system.

Percentage Of Time 17
Job Duty Category Sample container prep/shipment

Prepare sample bottles for water chemistry. Acid washing and ash glass bottles in a muffle furnace. Acid wash plastic bottles. Package glass bottles to survive shipping to various points across the country. Prepare shipping documents in the university shipping system and transport packages to central receiving for shipment.

Percentage Of Time 13
Job Duty Category Sample Analysis

Receive samples and inspect for damage. Make sure samples are still cold or frozen if required for that analysis. Make sure all samples are legibly labeled and that sample labels match shipping documents. Notify the client about any condition issues or label discrepancies. Make sure samples are properly stored pending analysis (frozen or refrigerated if needed). Prioritize sample preparation and analysis based on perishability, equipment and personnel availability, and analysis deadlines. Prepare samples for analysis: subsampling, drying, sieving, grinding, extraction and other preparation steps as required for the specific analyses. Perform the requested analyses. Transfer the results from instrument computer to the Ecocore data directory and/or enter the data into the directory as needed. Preform any needed calculations, create summaries of results and generate reports.

Percentage Of Time 35
Job Duty Category Supervision

Supervise student hourly employees in a variety of tasks associated with the sample container prep/shipment and sample analysis categories above. Train the employees to perform the required tasks. Allocate the available personnel time to the various tasks in order to meet analysis and shipment deadlines.

Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Equipment maintenance/repair

Perform routine maintenance on laboratory equipment. Diagnose problems with equipment and repair same

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application consists of: Resume, cover letter and three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Ed Hall (
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3
Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a BS degree in Soils, Agronomy, Chemistry, Ecology or related field?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents