Ocean Career: Laboratory and Research Technician at VIMS

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is seeking a Laboratory and Research Technician. Biological Sciences at VIMS located in Gloucester Point, VA provides technical assistance to further the VIMS objectives of research, advisory services, and education in the field of marine science.

Biological Sciences invites qualified applicants to apply for the Laboratory and Research Technician position. This position is a part-time hourly position, up to 1400 hours a year (between 5/1 – 4/30 of any given year).

The Laboratory and Research Technician in Biological Sciences provides technical assistance for the processing of epifauna and seagrass samples. Specific responsibilities include, process seagrass samples separating invertebrates from seagrass; perform measurements on seagrass including drymass, AFDM, and leaf measurements; measure, identify (with training), and count invertebrates in the samples; and record, enter, and QA/QC data.

Required Qualifications

High school diploma with some experience with work in a biological science setting.


  • Knowledge of collecting and sampling, with ability to process samples.
  • Working knowledge of general laboratory processes and equipment.
  • Strong attention to details and a basic knowledge of scientific and technical principles, with the ability to record data.
  • Proficiency in a variety of software applications, particularly MS office.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work collegially within a team.


  • Demonstrated experience working in a laboratory and field environment.
  • Experience with data recording and management.
  • Experience with standardized laboratory equipment and processes.

Preferred Qualifications

Associate degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position.


  • Knowledge of marine and estuarine ecosystems.
  • Experience with stereomicroscope, analytical balance, and drying oven.
  • Demonstrated work experience in marine and estuarine ecosystems is desirable.
  • Experience working in Chesapeake Bay ecosystems is a plus.

Conditions of Employment

This position is hourly position. All hourly employees are subject to the limitations of the Virginia Manpower Control Program and total hours worked may not exceed on average 29 hours per week, over the course of a twelve-month period beginning May 1 each year.

This is a non-exempt position eligible to receive overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and University policy.

This position may be subject to long hours during peak high times, etc. as directed and approved by supervisor.

All staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination must be provided on the employee’s first day of employment. If an accommodation is needed, please contact Human Resources.

Salary: Up to $15.00 per hour, commensurate with experience
Location: Gloucester, Virginia
Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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