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TEMPORARY - Lab Tech Research

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Department Contact

Department Contact Information

Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position

Department Contact Name Dr. Omololu Idowu
Department Contact Phone 575-646-2571
Department Contact Email

Posting Details

Posting Details

Requisition Number 1700575S
Classification Title Lab Tech,Research
Position Job Title TEMPORARY - Lab Tech Research
College/Division Cooperative Extension Service
Department 311200-Extensn Plant Sciences
Position Number
Internal or External Search External - Open to all applicants
Appointment Full-time Equivalency 0.74
Reports To Position Title Ext Specialist
Target Hourly/Salary Rate 11.54
Pay Level 04
Pay Base Hourly
Recruitment Summary

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Support the Agronomy and Soil Program; work in the field (outdoors) for extended period of time;plant and maintain crop experimental plots; take soil ad plant tissue samples; work in laboratory setting; enter data and organize spreadsheets on computer

Required Education

High School diploma or GED certificate.

Required Experience

Two (2) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined.

Classification Summary

Entry level position under direct supervision. Performs a variety of routine laboratory operations in a quality assurance or research setting. These operations may be in a classroom laboratory or a field laboratory. Assists higher level technicians in setup of laboratory equipment and in recording data for experiments and procedures. Requires knowledge in using various instruments to prepare for and perform tests. Performs routine and safety program checks and preventive maintenance on instruments.

Classification Standard Duties

Duties usually consist of making measurements, performing several routine quantitative and qualitative biological or chemical analytical tests according to standard procedures. Prepares various test specimens and growth media for use in biology, chemistry, or related labs; prepares chemical solutions for use in lab experiments; sets up equipment for use in labs; ensures proper operation of equipment, and reports operating deficiencies to supervisor; assists students with lab-experiments, as appropriate; provides guidance in learning and/or functional operation of experiments and equipment; Cleans lab facilities and/or equipment after lab exercises are complete; breaks down and stores supplies and equipment as applicable; Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods; Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of experimental procedures, protocols, and preparation techniques within area of specialty; Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements; Knowledge of the cleaning specifications of various laboratory and/or medical equipment, fixtures, utensils, and related materials.


Skill in providing guidance and instruction in laboratory protocols and in the safe use of laboratory equipment.


Ability to follow routine verbal or written instructions; Ability to set up, calibrate, operate, and maintain standard laboratory and test equipment; Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.

Equivalency Completion of a post-secondary degree or certificate may substitute for years of experience.
Preferred Qualifications

Experience in Agriculture, Biology or related fields
Knowledge of computer, primarily Office 07 and Excel for data entry
On Farm Experience

Required Certification/License
Special Requirements

Must have current driver’s license
Reliable transportation
Able to obtain NMSU vehicle driver’s permit

Other Departmental Requirements
Standard Work Schedule Shift: Other Shift
If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe

Monday to Friday
29 hours per week; schedule will be determined upon hire

Physical Work Location State NM-New Mexico
Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico DA-Dona Ana
Work Site
Contingent Upon Funding Contingent upon funding
Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement This is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Tenure Track
Posting Date 11/10/2017
Closing Date 12/01/2017
Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional)
Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional)
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quicklink for Posting

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Environment Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
Physical Effort Moderate physical activity.
Lifting Requirements Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
Risk Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
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