[ES_JOBS_NET] CIRES Lab / Logistics Assistant (Professional Research Assistant), University of Colorado

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri Oct 2 06:34:06 MDT 2015

*CIRES Lab / Logistics Assistant (Professional Research Assistant)*
University of Colorado-Boulder, CO
http://www.jobsatcu.com: 80/postings/108495
Posting Description

The Jimenez, Volkamer, and Ziemann research groups at the Cooperative 
Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences ( CIRES ) and the Dept. 
of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder seek a 
full-time Professional Research Assistant to work as shared 
Lab/Logistics Assistant. The successful candidate will perform tasks on 
group administration, ordering and purchasing, basic instrument support, 
chemical and radiation proctoring, field study and meeting support, etc. 
See a detailed description below.

These research groups perform world-leading laboratory, field, and 
computational research in the areas of air pollution, atmospheric 
chemistry, and instrumentation development. Each group is composed of 
7-15 students, postdocs, and faculty. Further information on these 
groups can be found at:


Detailed Job Description

The Lab/Logistics Assistant will perform the following tasks for all or 
some of the 3 research groups. Training will be provided as required.

 Perform general lab administration, such as working with new and 
departing group members, managing group property and supplies, general 
shipping, coordinating equipment and building maintenance issues, moving 
equipment and shipping boxes to / from storage locations, coordinating 
visitor logistics & schedules, and similar tasks.

 Organize, maintain, and co-ordinate repair of laboratory, field, and 
instrument computers, as well as data servers, CPU clusters, and their 

 Maintain and expand web & wiki pages for the groups, including simple 
web-based databases.

 Perform basic monitoring, maintenance, and calibration of 
research-grade instruments.

 Coordinate and co-organize field and lab campaign logistics, shipping, 
setup, operation, repairs, and teardown.

 Perform logistical planning including organization of meetings 
(including web-enabled meetings) and organizing group travel to 
conferences and field studies.

 Serve as purchaser for lab and field supplies, and reallocating those 
purchases to the appropriate grants in the CU accounting software system.

 Serve as proctor for environmental health and safety, including 
ordering chemicals, maintaining the chemical database for each lab, 
supervising the correct storage of chemicals in the labs, coordinating 
with CU for disposal of chemical waste, and acting as lab eco-leader.

 Serve as proctor for radiation safety, including monitoring low-level 
radioactive sources used in research, coordinating permits and 
administration with CU, as well as the transport of sources between labs 
at CU and the shipment of sources to / from field studies.

 Keep track of hours spent working for each group and tasks pending 
using shared computer software.

 Perform other tasks that may develop within the research and education 
missions of the groups.

 Be present in the offices/laboratories during standard working hours 
(9AM-5PM) and occasionally work more intensive hours during workshops or 
laboratory and field campaigns

Information on University benefits programs is located at 

Minimum Qualifications

*Minimum Qualifications:*
 A Bachelor Degree

 Organizational and time-management skills, flexibility and ability to 

 Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

 Self-motivated, detail-oriented, a fast learner, be able to work 
independently with minimal supervision

 Ability to work with people of different backgrounds, nationalities, 
and personalities

 Professional demeanor

 Familiarity with Windows computers, basic office software (word 
processing, spreadsheets, presentations), Google Docs

 Driving license and experience

 Ability to commit to the position for 3-5 years

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and abilities

Desired Qualifications

*Desired Qualifications:*
 Prior experience in positions with similar requirements

 Familiarity with web software (e.g. plain HTML , Wiki editing, Google 
Site editing)

 Some college-level coursework in science, engineering, mathematics, 
and/or computer use

 Ability to travel to field sites in the US and abroad for 1-2 weeks at 
a time, to assist in site and instrument setup, up to 4 weeks per year.

 Ability to plot and archive data using computer software

 Ability to perform basic electrical and mechanical instrument repairs

 Experience with driving pickup and larger moving trucks

Special instructions to applicants

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

This is NOT a lab manager or staff scientist position, and the starting 
salary range is fixed.

Applicants with a PhD will generally be assumed to be overqualified, 
unless under exceptional circumstances.

Applications must be submitted to the JobsatCU posting, not to the job 
posting contact. Only complete applications uploaded by the applicant to 
the JobsatCU posting will be considered.

1 – A Cover Letter which specifically addresses each of the job minimum 
requirements and desired qualifications of the position, as well as any 
special skills or limitations of the candidate related to the job 

2 – Resume

3 – List of four professional references; include addresses, daytime 
telephone numbers and e-mail addresses from whom an official written 
letter of recommendation will be requested at the appropriate time 
during the search.

4 – Proof of Highest Degree Earned

This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, 
retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and 
sick leave accruals.

The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all 
final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance 
of an offer letter.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and 
productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, 
we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being 
considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal 
history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of 
employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of 
the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative 
action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained 
faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance 
of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces 
diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis 
of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including 
pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender 
identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or 
political philosophy in its programs or activities, including 
employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be 
directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative 
formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with 
disabilities by contacting Human Resources at adacoordinator at colorado.edu.

Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data 
(application) form, and upload the required documents:


2- Proof of highest degree earned (copy of diploma or unofficial 

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to 
building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, 
racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and 
veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request 
for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA coordinator at 
hr-ada at colorado.edu. The University of Colorado Boulder conducts 
background checks for all final applicants being considered for employment.


Job posting contact
Karen Dempsey

Job posting contact telephone

Job posting contact email
Jobs at cires.colorado.edu

Job Posting Number

Quicklink for Posting
http://www.jobsatcu.com: 80/postings/108495

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