Job opportunity: Laboratory Technician, Marine Science Center, Northeastern University

Location: Massachusetts, United States

Employment Type: Full Time

Job summary

The Ries Lab at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center is seeking a Laboratory Technician to maintain and operate all systems within its laboratories, exercise functional supervision over supporting research staff and students, order supplies and consumables, act as the lab compliance liaison, manage laboratory waste, maintain the chemical and gas inventory and the BIORAD/EHS webpage, train instrument users, calibrate and operate instruments, run samples for internal and external users, record and tabulate instrument usage, invoice, conduct basic organization and cleaning of the lab, assist with basic or applied research (both laboratory- and field-based), write SOPs, and manage, report, and archive experimental samples and data.

The successful applicant will be hard-working, discovery-driven, and intellectually curious. Applicants should have a solid foundation in carbonate biogeochemistry, geology, carbon sequestration, biomineralization, ocean acidification, and/or basic chemistry and possess strong writing and analytical skills. Appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal in subsequent years pending availability of applicable funding.


  • Assist in initiating, executing, and completing research and experiments
  • Assist with research papers, presentations, grant proposals, etc.
  • Basic laboratory management (ordering, EHS, chem inventory)
  • Developing and updating standard operating procedures
  • Tracking of instrument usage and invoicing
  • Managing, reporting, and archiving experimental samples and data
  • Repair and maintain scientific instrumentation
  • Operate scientific instruments and run experimental systems
  • Train graduate students, postdocs, staff, and instrument users


Bachelor’s degree, science major, 2+ years laboratory experience

Experience with the following instrumentation/systems/methods is a plus:

  • Ocean acidification experiments
  • Analysis of calcium carbonate substrates
  • Analysis of seawater DIC/TA
  • Culturing of marine invertebrates and algae
  • Powder X-ray diffraction
  • Light microscopy (digital imaging, variable z-stage, petrographic)
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
  • Laser ablation
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Energy dispersive spectrometry
  • Electron backscatter diffraction
  • Microelectrode construction and use
  • Preparation of petrographic thin sections using saws and polishers
  • Experience conducting field research (terrestrial and SCUBA)
  • Experience calibrating, deploying, and retrieving environmental sensors
  • Willingness to travel internationally

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