Research Analyst - Project - **Internal search: Open to UW-Stout employees only**
JOB TITLE: Research Analyst - Project
DEPARTMENT: Sustainability Science Institute, Discovery Center
APPOINTMENT PERCENTAGE (FTE): 100%
ANTICIPATED START DATE: April 1, 2021; 1-year renewable project position
65% Coordinate and conduct lake monitoring programs, experiments, and analyses on lake eutrophication evaluation according to proposed research developed by the Director:
- Lake sediment coring and analysis
- Assist with coordinating and conducting field sediment core sampling and laboratory core sectioning according to proposed research.
- Thorough knowledge and expertise in sediment phosphorus (P) extraction and fractionation procedures for loosely-bound P, iron-bound P, labile organic P, aluminum-bound P, calcium-bound P, total P, sediment moisture content, density and organic matter content according to Psenner and Puckso (1988), Hupfer et al. (1995), Kopacek et al. (2001), Jan et al. (2013).
- Thorough knowledge and expertise in the setup and execution of laboratory-derived nutrient flux (primarily P) from sediment into the overlying water column under experimental conditions (aerobic, anaerobic, temperature, pH).
- Thorough knowledge and expertise in the set up and execution of a particle entrainment simulator to estimate sediment resuspension, critical shear stress, and phosphorus recycling analysis.
- Thorough knowledge and expertise in the set up and execution of phosphorus equilibrium and Langmuir isotherm experiments to determine equilibrium phosphate concentration and partition coefficients
- Limnological water chemistry monitoring
- Thorough knowledge and expertise in aquatic chemistry analyses: Alkalinity, phosphorus species, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, turbidity and suspended sediment
- Assist in coordinating and conducting lake field water sampling, water chemistry analyses, in situ data sondes and thermistors, tributary flow and automated sampling.
- Work with Director to plan and schedule limnological field and laboratory monitoring.
- Work with and train student internships and employees in limnological field and laboratory techniques. Coordinate student activities for the various research projects
30% Coordinate and maintain Wisconsin DNR (WDNR)-certified water chemistry laboratory certification responsibilities at CLRR
- Conduct laboratory analytical proficiency testing, method detection limits, standard curve development, quality control and assurance, student training and proficiency, corrective action.
- Thorough knowledge and expertise in reagent and standards preparation, storage, and handling
5% Data base management
- Assist Director in data base collation, entry, and verification for reports and publications.
- Organize data according the WDNR certification standards.
- Maintain DNR certification Quality Assurance-Quality Control records and written data bench sheets in organized by project etc secured filing cabinet systems for later access.
- Strong background and experience in quantitative analysis and aquatic chemistry
- Strong background and experience in sediment chemistry and sediment phosphorus fractionation procedures
- Excellent interpersonal, and customer service skills in working with a diverse community.
- Working knowledge of desktop hardware and standard business software programs (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, database) and the Internet.
- Work independently and as part of a team environment and on collaborative efforts.
- At least two years of experience and proficiency in sediment chemistry and P fractionation analysis.
- At least two years of experience and proficiency in experimental setup and execution of sediment nutrient diffusive flux.
- At least two years of experience and proficiency in experimental setup and execution of phosphorus equilibrium Langmuir isotherm analysis.
- At least two years of experience and proficiency in experimental setup and execution of particle entrainment simulation for determining sediment critical shear stress
- At least two years of experience, knowledge of, and proficiency in maintaining State of Wisconsin DNR certification compliance including proficiency testing, quality assurance-quality control, record keeping, corrective action
- At least two years of experience in flow monitoring, use and programming of stormwater samplers, and composite sampling
- One year experience in coordinating and executing lake monitoring program and training student interns and employees.
- One year experience in training students for proficiency in the Wisconsin DNR Certification program
- In a Master’s degree program, Professional Science Masters, or MS degree program. Or completed MS
- Valid Driver’s license
- Ability to stand and walk for extended periods in an analytical laboratory
- Ability to sit at a computer
- Ability to sit and stand in a boat and lift up to 20 pounds
Working Conditions and Environment
- Travel to field sites is required
- Occasional evening or weekend work
The Discovery Center is University of Wisconsin-Stout’s primary outreach and engagement organization linking the extensive resources of the university to business, industry, and community.
We are a vibrant group of skilled problem solvers, gifted learners, and action-oriented colleagues working together to overcome hurdles you face in process improvement, product development, business growth, continuing education, culture development, applied research, and much more.
The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation.
UW-Stout offers 50 undergraduate and 24 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. The current enrollment is approximately 8,000 students. UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and professions.
The university is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,400, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/our-community
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The normal work schedule for this position is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The minimum starting salary is $17.95 per hour. The hourly rate for this position is negotiable based on experience and available budget. A six-month probation is required. This position is for one-year; however, can be renewed based on funding and needs of the position. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State Retirement Plan to qualified applicants. Benefit details can be found at: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/summaries/Univ-staff.pdf.
As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.
An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.
A successful candidate must have authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
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Completed applications must be submitted by 2/28/2021.
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Please be sure you have included the following documents:
- Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
- Current resume
- Names and contact information for a minimum of three professional work references
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Search Chair: Bill James
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