Research Technician (TUC Biology)

Institution: California State University, Northridge

Location: Northridge, CA

Category: Admin – Laboratory and Research

Posted: 03/25/2021

Type: Full-Time

Major Duties

Applications are invited for a full-time, 12-month, technician position based at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) to support an NSF-funded research project on submarine groundwater discharge on coral reefs. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Nyssa Silbiger ( and will support research conducted in California and Moorea, French Polynesia. The primary responsibilities will be supporting all aspects of the logistics required for maintaining ocean acidification mesocosm experiments and near-shore marine research in the field. The ideal candidate will have an MS in a field-based marine biology topic, experience maintaining mesocosm facilities for ocean acidification research, a background in seawater chemistry, an understanding of the biology/ecology of marine organisms, and strong experience with fieldwork (e.g., SCUBA diving, operating small boats, AAUS training, etc.). A BS/BA or four-year equivalent in a related field is required. Candidates will be expected to pay attention to detail, problem solve, work both independently and as a team, and have a strong work ethic. Additional preferred qualifications include experience coding in R.

55% Experimental support (Supports all aspects of the logistics required for maintaining ocean acidification mesocosm experiments and near-shore marine research in the field conducted by teams of students and faculty, including collecting organisms, seawater chemistry, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, boat operations, data entry, and travel to Mo’orea, French Polynesia). 20% Analysis of scientific samples. 20% Lab support (ordering, shipping, organizing paperwork, equipment maintenance). 5% Data management and analysis using the statistical program R.


This position requires a scuba certification.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

A Bachelor’s degree in either biology, oceanography, marine biology, ecology, environmental science or related field is required. A Master’s degree is preferred. Strong problem-solving skills, ability to work both independently and as part of a diverse team, ability to speak and write effectively, and ability to work in remote field locations in French Polynesia for up to 3 months at a time is required. Strong knowledge of marine systems (coral reef ecology highly preferred), maintaining mesocosm facilities, and using instrumentation typically used in coastal biogeochemistry research. Experience with fieldwork (e.g., SCUBA diving, operating small boats, American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) training, etc.) and basic coding in R is desired.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

This position is employed through The University Corporation (TUC). TUC offers an excellent benefits package.

The anticipated hiring maximum: $19.23 per hour.

General Information


Applicants should submit a cover letter in which they describe their research training and interests, CV, and list three references.

How to Apply

Please complete the on-line application/resume upload submission process in order to be considered for any open position within the university and its auxiliaries. The hiring department will contact the best qualified candidates and invite them to participate in the interview process.

Application Screening begins April 9, 2021 and will continue until position is filled.

In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above.

Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please view the link below:

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University Corporation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity at (818) 677-2077.

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Application Information

Contact:California State University, Northridge

Online App. Form:

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