Laboratory Technician

South Charleston, WV

Laboratory technicians run experiments and perform analyses independently, under the supervision of a project manager or other laboratory personnel, to achieve project goals.  This includes providing technical support and assistance to chemists and engineers.  This position is safety-focused and supports the AVN culture of diversity and respect for our colleagues.

Major Responsibilities/Accountabilities
  • Conduct analyses using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, titrations, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.
  • Use either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes.
  • Prepare chemical solutions for processes following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas.
  • Carry out routine tasks accurately and follow strict methodologies to carry out analyses.
  • Record results and sometimes interpret results to present to senior colleagues.
  • Maintain and clean laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Ensure the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced.
  • Use computers and perform mathematical calculations to determine compositions and for the preparation of graphs and tables
  • Exercise procedural, safety, and quality requirements specified in AVN’s Safety Manual and company policies.
Required Skills
  • Able to solve practical problems and deal with various concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Capable of interpreting various instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with groups of customers or employees of AVN.
  • Able to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Good note writing skills for effective documentation.
  • Skilled in math to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
  • High level of technical aptitude and creativity.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to wear all personal protective equipment.
Preferred Skills
  • Good mechanical skills for designing and assembling laboratory apparatus or reaction equipment, including metal tubing, pumps, control valves, pressure regulators, etc.
  • Familiarity with chromatography, spectroscopy, titrations, physical and chemical separation techniques, and microscopy for qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials.
Preferred Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry preferred
  • Five years or more of experience related to laboratory process operations
  • Experience in GC, GC/MS, HPLC, and LIMS
  • Experience setting up, operating, developing methods for, and maintaining analytical instruments
  • Master’s degree in chemistry

We are looking for both experienced and less experienced applicants, as we plan to hire more than one candidate.  Applicants will be evaluated based on their combination of education and experience.

Position Location

South Charleston, WV

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