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Research Assistant

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The Food Analysis Laboratory Control Center (FALCC) in the Virginia Tech Department of Biochemistry seeks a qualified individual to join the lab team, to assist with the preparation of food samples for analysis of nutrient composition, compiling data, performing statistical analysis and preparing graphics for manuscripts if needed. Procure food samples and lab supplies as needed, ship samples to other labs, and eventually lead sample inventory organization/ management. Opportunity to potentially expand job duties depending on competencies and future lab needs and funding.

Required Qualifications

Experience working in an analytical chemistry or similar laboratory; Competence with Microsoft Office and the use of Access for data management and basic reports, queries, and data analyses; Detail oriented with the ability to follow SOPs; Ability to work independently; Ability to multi-task, problem solve, and adapt to changing priorities; Strong planning, organizational and interpersonal skills; Strong oral/written English communication skills; Must be able to work with all types of foods, including but not limited to dairy, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy.

Preferred Qualifications

B.S. or M.S. degree or equivalent in Food Science and Technology, Human Nutrition and Foods, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field with equivalent training and experience; Experience with sample tracking database systems and inventory management. Experience with administrative support; Experience with Excel data analytics.

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Appointment Type


Salary Information

$16.00 - $21.00/hr.

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Nancy PenningtonĀ at nconley@vt.eduĀ during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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