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 Research Technician - Bowling Green, Ohio, United States

Job information
Posted by: BGSU Office of Human Resources 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Science
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: o9CPTX9OpNeyE5tQUoKaIXuOqFJqzG / Latpro-3756483 
Date posted: Oct-02-2020
State, Zip: Ohio, 43403


Position Summary

The Aquatic Ecology Science Research Technician will be responsible leading the wastewater sampling program as part of a larger statewide COVID monitoring effort.  The technician will also assist with the harmful algal bloom monitoring and experimental program as needed.



Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Coordinate with wastewater treatment operators and BGSU facilities managers to collect raw influent wastewater from each location.
    • Order supplies associated with the project
    • Coordinate the shipping of supplies and samples to and from each wastewater treatment plant
    • Concentrate viruses from wastewater samples
    • Extract and purify viral RNA
    • Quantify viral RNA loads using RT-qPCR
    • Analyze and report data
  • Maintain lab safety protocols and compliance with University, State and Federal regulations
  • Other duties as assigned.  Assist with other project related to Great Lakes water quality as time allows

Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, and close attention to detail;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to communicate a variety of target audiences both external and internal
  • Previous experience using good lab practices, sterile technique and proper sample handling and storage
  • Previous experience in extracting nucleic acids from water samples
  • Previous experience using quantitative PCR


  • Previous experience working in BSL2 laboratory
  • Previous experience working with wastewater
  • Previous experience working with aquatic microbes, preferably viruses
  • Previous experience maintaining bacterial/algal cultures
  • Previous experience using reverse transcription quantitative PCR



Minimum Qualifications

B.S. in environmental science, molecular biology, limnology, marine science or a related field required.  MS in environmental science, molecular biology, limnology, marine science or a related field preferred.    Successful candidate must have degree conferred at the time of application.    

The following experience is required:

  • at least 2 years laboratory experience in a laboratory that routinely processes water samples



Full-time, Administrative staff position available. Administrative Grade Level 352. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Full benefit package available.  This is a grant-funded position.  Duration of employment is contingent on continued availability of funding. 


Deadline to apply:     October 16, 2020



To Apply

For a complete job description & to apply for this position visit or contact the Office of Human Resources at (419) 372-8421. BGSU. AA/EEO/Disabilities/Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.


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