Lab Equipment and Instrumentation Technician

Sul Ross State University | Alpine, TX

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Posted Date 4/02/2024
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Lab Equipment and Instrumentation Technician


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Bachelor degree or relevant technical certification. Two years of experience with analytical laboratory methods, instrument operation, equipment maintenance, recordkeeping, instruction and research. Strong computer skills and must be competent, willing and able to work directly with students and faculty engaged in applied research.

Knowledge of the technical support functions for maintenance and use of analytical instruments and with procedures relevant to the use of the following types of equipment. The equipment process list is not inclusive and adaptability, willingness to learn, and problem solve with various types of lab equipment is a priority.
• Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
• X-ray fluorescence (XRF)
• X-ray diffraction (XRD)
• Cation analysis
• Anion analysis
• Dry Combustion C/N Analysis
• Microkjeldal Analysis
• Genetic Analysis


Post graduate with course work or research work with scientific analytical laboratory methods. Three or more years with experience in a lab that supported graduate level research in scientific analytical laboratory methods.

Primary Responsibilities


Function: The successful applicant will serve as the Lab Equipment and Instrumentation Technician for the College of ALPS and with the focus being the increased retention of students through lab access, equipment training and lab equipment availability.

Scope: Equipment in labs housed in the Warnock Science Building and Turner Range Animal Science Building and external lab sites that support research and academic programs.


Essential: Primary responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: acquisition, maintenance, operation and recordkeeping for analytical lab equipment housed in four major lab spaces including the Geology Analytical Lab, Chemistry Analytical Lab, Genetics Lab, and Soils and Nutrition lab. Instrumentation include: SEM (JEOL), XRF, XRD, AAS, Dionex and C/N analytical instruments, and the incorporation of this technology (hardware and software) in SRSU labs and instructional settings. Responsibilities will include sample prep, instrument operation, acquiring training in methods and operation, instruction of others, record keeping and working with students and faculty on applied research projects, and administrative support of the Analytical labs on the SRSU campus (including but not limited to Warnock Science Building and the Turner Range Animal Science Building. The selected candidate will serve as the University's Radiation Control Officer. The successful candidate must be willing to travel and participate in training provided to facilitate achievement of project goals and objectives. The position will report to the Dean of the College of ALPS and the Title V Digital Transformation and Modernization in Far West Texas Grant during the funded grant period. Once the position is institutionalized reporting will be to the Dean of ALPS. Responsible for personal safety and the safety of others; must exercise due caution and practice safe work habits at all times.

Working Conditions

Usual: Inside lab spaces that may be temperature controlled at temperatures ranging from 50-75°F. Standing for long periods of time at equipment and lab benches. Normally 8-5 with some weekends and travel. Position is Security Sensitive.

Other Information

Texas Law requires a 60 day waiting period before new state employees are eligible to enroll in health insurance.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

It is the policy of Sul Ross State University to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons in accordance with their individual, job related qualifications and without consideration of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and ancestry. Equal employment opportunities shall be afforded in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary. Retaliation is prohibited against a person who opposes a discriminatory practice, files a charge, testifies, assists or participates in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report is available online at

The report contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.

A paper copy of the report will be provided upon request. If you would like to receive a paper copy, you can contact the Office of Student Life, located on the Alpine Campus in the Morgan University Center, Room 211 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 432-837-8424 or emailing

About SRSU

Sul Ross State University, located in Alpine, Texas, is a member of the Texas State University System. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's degrees, and has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students on campus in Alpine.

At an elevation of 4,480 feet in the scenic Davis Mountains of West Texas, and on the periphery of the Chihuahuan Desert, Alpine enjoys mild winters and cool summers. Davis Mountain State Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe National Park are all within one to three hours' driving distance from Alpine.

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