Summary of Duties: This position will perform professional-level work in support of the research and apiary maintenance activities of the WSU Honey Bee Program. The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties including improving and implementing a variety of laboratory and field techniques to contribute to the timely completion and success of sponsored research projects. Create and maintain accurate and timely records of test results to provide Principle Investigator (PI) with information to evaluate direction of research; apply standard quality control procedures to assure accuracy of field research results and make recommendations to PI as requested. Operate and perform maintenance on specialized beekeeping equipment; maintain supply inventories; conduct seasonal duties associated with honey extraction, requeening and placement of WSU research colonies, and participate in meetings with PI to evaluate operational procedures impacting the quality or timeliness of the research. The incumbent will supervise the activities of students and hourly employees participating in research in the field, the laboratory, and bee facility. They will also work with other technical staff and scientists to achieve project goals, including the care and maintenance of live honey bee colonies.. This job involves working with stinging insects on a daily basis. While working with these colonies, we wear protective gear to protect the face and arms but we do not wear gloves.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelors degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent related field experience performing professional-level work with scientific or clinical research protocols. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. Experimental and analytical skills; understanding and knowledge of research theory; interviewing experience; excellent organizational and project management skills.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.