Student Employment – Science Labs

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Biology Assistant

Salary: $8 per hour

15 hrs/wk

Job Description:

Assist in a variety of biology classes, including BIO 371(Ecology) and BIO 141 (Introductory Biology.) Duties for ecology may include: collecting fresh woody plant specimens and maintaining woody plant specimens in lab, acorn collection, picking up and driving university vans for field trips, organizing and maintaining field gear, entering and compiling field lab data, and helping set up field plots. Duties for Introductory Biology may include assisting, gathering and organizing equipment, preparation of solutions, helping out in lab, and other duties as required. Excellent opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in biological sciences.

Job Qualifications:

Undergraduate or graduate student. UIS biology students and students with experience working in the lab or field preferred. Federal work study student preferred. Valid Illinois driver’s license required.

Chemistry Assistant

Salary: $8.00

5 hrs per week

Job Descriptions:

Grade weekly quizzes, laboratory reports, and monitor Blackboard discussion forums for CHE 121/122. Assist in preparing solutions and setting up laboratory equipment. Related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications: Strong background in chemistry. Familiarity with Blackboard. Computer skills. Excellent organizational skills. Chemistry//biology/clinical lab studies major preferred. Previous experience in laboratory preparation helpful.

Lab Stockroom Assistant

Salary: $8.00

20 hrs/wk

Job Description:

Assist Natural Science Technician with general maintenance of all labs and stockrooms in the Health Science building. Assignments include, but are not limited ,to the following: help maintain chemical, commodity, and small equipment inventories; clean and stock laboratory glassware in stockroom; help maintain greenhouse and contents; help maintain and distribute laboratory equipment; help maintain Material Safety Data Sheet files and equipment manuals. Support the faculty. Other housekeeping and organizational duties as assigned.


Chemistry/biology/ clinical lab science majors strongly preferred. Must have or be enrolled in basic college chemistry course and know chemical nomenclature. Must know or be willing to learn basic lab techniques. Must be reliable and plan to work as scheduled. Must have basic math and computer skills.

Student Research Technician

Salary: $9.00

Job Descriptions: Process benthic invertebrate samples, process and analyze field samples including filtering, chlorophyll analysis.

Qualifications: Field experience, biology, aquatic sciences and ecology coursework and/or experience are preferred. Good organizational skills and demonstrable attention to detail are mandatory.

Summer Researcher-May 08

Salary: $8.12

40 hrs/wk

Job Description:

Undergraduate students to pursue research projects from May 27- Aug 1, 2008. Students will spend 40 hours per week doing laboratory and field research as part of the Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research program. Students will work on one of two joint projects between biology and chemistry faculties-” Chemical Characterization of Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Compounds from Selected Medicinal Plants” or “Microbial Community Diversity and Its Relationship to Water Quality at the Emiquon Preserve.” Students will write a report summarizing their research to be presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research next April. In addition to pay, there is an option to receive 6 hours of college credit. Conference expenses will also be covered by this program. For more information, please contact Dr. Keenan Dungey at 206-7345, fax 206-6162 or e-mail him at You may obtain an application for these jobs from him although you need to get an ap from Student Employment before your interview.


Must be enrolled at UIS and pursuing a chemistry or biology degree.