WHRC Summer Lab Assistant – Falmouth MA

SUMMARY:  Woods Hole Research Center seeks applicants for an entry level laboratory assistant position to help prepare soil samples and then perform various analyses as part of a larger project developing novel methods for measuring various soil properties. The successful candidate will work as part of a team consisting of a scientist, postdoc, and research assistant, and will receive experience and training working in a multi-disciplinary laboratory setting.


Organize soil samples being received from numerous collaborators.

Sieve, dry, weigh and grind soil samples as appropriate.

Operate basic laboratory equipment including balances and mechanical mixing mills.

Analyze soil samples on an infrared spectrophotometer and elemental analyzer

Maintain clear lab notes on work progress.

Keep a clean and organized work space.

Follow laboratory health and safety protocols.

Qualifications and Experience:

Must have attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

Ability to work independently while maintaining communication with other team members.

Desire to gain experience in scientific research.

High School degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

Some college experience.

Previous laboratory experience desired but not required.

Demonstrated skills in using spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel.

Physical requirements:

-Must be in good health, capable of working on your feet for most of the day.

Appointment: This temporary summer lab assistant position is for 40 hours per week for an 8 week period.

Compensation: 15 USD per hour.  This position is not eligible for our benefit program.

Desired Start Date: May 28, 2019 or earlier.

Application Instructions: To apply, please email your cover letter, along with a resume/curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobopenings@whrc.org.  Please type Lab Assistant Job JSLA19 in the subject line.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019, or until filled.

The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, policy, and education. WHRC is an equal opportunity employer.