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Research Technician- Capacity Enhancement
Arizona State University in ,
Date Posted 01/05/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Campus: Tempe

Research Technician

Job Description

The Arizona State University (ASU) School of Life Sciences is seeking a Capacity Enhancement Technician (Research Technician) to work jointly with the ASU Vertebrate Natural History Collections (VNHC) and National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Biorepository. NEON is expected to run for 30 years. The ASU VNHC contains approximately 60,000 fluid vertebrate specimens of fishes and herps (amphibians and reptiles) and is home to one of the richest collections of fishes and herps of the North American southwest, including critically endangered and economically important taxa. For each project year, the NEON Biorepository at ASU will receive, process, store, and make available for research an average of 100,000 samples from more than 80 sites across the United States. 

The ASU Biocollections Capacity Enhancement Technician will enable NEON to continue receiving and accessioning fluid material by temporarily compressing the physical footprint of the fluid portion ASU VNHC and performing various other tasks associated with the NEON Capacity Enhancement. Primary duties will involve: developing and implementing an organizational scheme for the compression of the ASU VNHC fluid collection in conjunction with the Vertebrate Collections manager; cataloging (in digital and physical databases) and performing maintenance on uncatalogued and at-risk specimens uncovered during the collection compression; assisting with the installation of hardware purchased to assist with the capacity enhancement (shelving, cabinets, etc.); and expansion of NEON samples into newly available storage. Critical skills include fluid specimen preparation and management techniques; ability to use, add to, and edit records in biodiversity data management software; commitment to safe laboratory practices; and general organizational skills.

Job Family

Research & Laboratory

Department Name

Sols Administration & Faculty



Grant Funded Position

This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$20.00 per hour

Close Date


Essential Duties

The Capacity Enhancement Technician will work in collaboration with the Vertebrate Natural History Collections Manager and the NEON Zoological and Entomological Collections Managers to coordinate temporary shifting of specimens to allow NEON to receive and store specimens in the ASU NHC fluid range prior to completion of a separate facility for housing these materials. The selected candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing a system that will compress the fluid collections in such a way that all specimens are organized, accounted for, and able to be re-expanded easily, with the guiding principle in mind that the fluid collection be improved in terms of data quality, organization, and proportion of specimens accessioned as a part of the capacity enhancement. Finally, there will be the occasional need to assist with assembling hardware associated with new storage media, such as shelving and cabinets for various specimens; the selected candidate will ideally assist with the assembly of these materials and temporary transfer of specimens necessary to install the new shelving and cabinetry.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Four years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Graduate degree with specialization in general and/or zoological (in-/vertebrate) collection curation and sample preparation (minimally two years), or commensurate non-degree conferring experience working in said collections.
  • Well-documented experience in the standard-compliant digitization (databasing, imaging) of zoological research collections is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of specific software platforms, and other relevant training, should be clearly stated in the application (with reference to publicly available products where suitable).
  • Experience mentoring students and volunteers and developing infrastructural organization strategies should also be clearly stated in the application.

Working Environment

  • The position is located in ASU's newly renovated Biocollections (Alameda Building), located ca. 2 miles southwest of the main Tempe campus. 
  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse (75%); required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work (10%).
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds (5%).
  • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals

Department Statement

The School of Life Sciences (SOLS) has provided a vital hub for creative excellence at Arizona State University, with more than 670 faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff, and research that ranges from studies on biodiesel and biohydrogen to vaccine development and the conservation of whales. As ASU’s first academic unit to fully reflect President Michael Crow’s integrated, interdisciplinary vision for the New American University, the School of Life Sciences offers active and evolving platforms for collaborative, cutting-edge research and faculty whose discovery is freed from traditional institutional boundaries.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume and Cover Letter should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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