Research Technician

BGSU Office of Human Resources   Bowling Green, OH   Full-time     Research
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Posted on October 1, 2020

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.


BGSU Office of Human Resources

1851 N. Research Drive
Bowling Green , OH