Summary of Duties:
The Assistant Scientist position in the WSU Nuclear Science Center is responsible for identifying and defining research problems, designing approaches, hypotheses, and methodologies, designing specific phases of research projects, analyzing results, developing conclusions, and presenting research results in publishable form. Performs laboratory research including the design of research approaches and identifying and defining research problems. Safely prepare, handle, and analyze samples that can be radioactive. Collect, analyze, and interpret research data. Ensure quality control, make improvements to techniques and interpretation. Assist in preparing journal publications and progress reports. Maintain daily laboratory and instrument operations. Conducts general laboratory maintenance and routine care of scientific instrumentation; sample preparation, orders supplies, keeps inventory records and maintains a safe working environment.
A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.
- MS degree or BS and at least two years of laboratory/professional research experience.
- Knowledge of stoichiometry, sample preparation, and laboratory/experimental techniques.
- Experience with preparing quality data and reports.
- Skill in operating and calibrating scientific instrumentation.