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Lab Research Technician - MN Sea Grant

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Closing date
Jan 30, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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About the Job

Position Summary

The lab research technician will be responsible for assisting with lab work related to the project entitled: "Increasing local seafood security and resilience in response to COVID-19: Best practices and cost estimates for rearing Yellow Perch, Perca flavescens, in recirculating aquaculture systems." The technician will work closely with University of Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) fisheries and aquaculture extension educators and other project staff raising Yellow Perch in a recirculating aquaculture system in the lab. The technician must be reliable, organized, exhibit good attention to detail, and demonstrate basic math and data entry skills. Supervision will come from Minnesota Sea Grant Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Educator, Amy Schrank. The technician's day to day work will be overseen by a contractor on the project as well as the MNSG Aquaculture Extension Associate.

General Responsibilities

The lab research technician will focus the majority of their efforts in the MAISRC lab raising Yellow Perch. This may include: measuring feed, monitoring water quality parameters , feeding fish, cleaning tanks, observing and recording fish behavioral data, maintaining and cleaning lab space, assisting with fish measurement, and entering data electronically, among other tasks. The technician will work in cooperation with other MNSG and project staff including other lab technicians and project contractors. The major responsibilities for this position fall under the goal of the Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture focus area of MNSG.

Code of Conduct

Contribute to a respectful workplace and contribute as a Sea Grant team member. Follow the University code of conduct regarding authorship, research, financial transactions, expense reimbursement, vacation and sick leave reporting, use of supplies and office equipment, use of controlled substances, outside consulting, and use of University and Sea Grant name. Make every effort to uphold the MNSG guiding principles.

Performance Appraisal

Job performance and employee/employer expectations will be discussed monthly. Performance will be evaluated annually over the duration of the position. Performance evaluations will be conducted by the MNSG Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Educators and discussed with the MNSG Associated Director of Extension and the MNSG Director. Results of such appraisals will be shared and discussed with this individual.


This position is ongoing for six months from the start date. With a positive review, this position may continue up through the end of the project period (currently ending 8/31/2021). The position is with the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program. The title for this position is Non-Exempt Temporary or Casual (0001), with the working title of lab research technician.

Position Description for Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) Lab Research Technician

Responsibilities: The following descriptions are intended to describe the range of activities the lab research technician will be involved in. The actual time spent on each activity may vary depending on project progress.

  • Feed fish and clean tanks daily.
  • Collect accurate data about the amount and timing of feeding.
  • Monitor fish health and water quality daily.
  • Collect and record accurate, detailed data.
  • Properly care for all equipment, follow safety procedures, and animal use permits.
  • Must be dependable, punctual and responsible.

Compensation: $15 per hour


Required Qualifications

Eligible applicants must meet all of the following:
  • Ability to comply with all training requirements and certifications in a timely manner.
  • Must be organized, highly responsible, detail oriented, and willing to work as a team member.
  • Must have a positive attitude and commitment to staying on schedule with fish feeding and tank cleaning.
  • Must be able to work independently, follow detailed instruction (both written and oral), while recognizing when assistance is required.
  • Must understand and demonstrate use of basic math skills.
  • Ability to enter data on a computer in electronic format.
  • Must be able to follow a rigorous schedule and have access to dependable transportation.

Preferred Qualifications

Best applicants will also demonstrate the following:
  • Experience assisting with lab research and data collection.
  • Experience working with fish.
  • Experience working in a hatchery or aquaculture facility.
  • High level of organizational and planning skills.
  • Experience in working in a team towards a project goal.
  • Experience with microsoft programs - Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.

About the Department

Minnesota Sea Grant is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant Program, which supports 33 similar programs in coastal states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. It receives funding through the NOAA - Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the University of Minnesota. The Program partners with local, regional and national organizations and is and integral member of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.

How To Apply

Job Open Date: January 10, 2022
Job Close Date: Open until filled

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Please visit the to apply.

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To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact UM Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations.


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About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.


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