Staff Research Associate 3 - Biology

University of Nevada, Reno

Reno, NV

Job posting number: #7108508

Posted: August 19, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or [email protected] For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The Department of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno is seeking applications for a Staff Research Associate 3 position. The primary responsibility for this position will be managing and coordinating the Microbiology Laboratory and the Introductory Biology Laboratory for the department. The position involves close interaction with course instructors to ensure that all microorganisms, supplies, reagents, and equipment are prepared for each lab. Responsibilities include maintaining supply stocks and equipment, setting up and breaking down the lab, ordering supplies, assisting teaching assistants by addressing any issue that arises, assisting with materials and lab procedures and attending weekly lab meetings with instructors and teaching assistants.

The ideal candidate may also support an introductory biology laboratory course and possibly other courses if time allows. The Staff Research Associate will follow all relevant policies for laboratory work and for safety at the department, university, and state and national levels.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the required area of specialization and two (2) years of professional experience in a research laboratory; OR one (1) year of experience as a Staff Research Associate 2 in Nevada State service; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience as described above.

Pursuant to NRS 284.4066, some positions in this series have been identified as affecting public safety. Persons offered employment in these positions must submit to pre-employment screening for controlled substances.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in a microbiology or molecular biology or similar laboratory.

Supervisory experience.

Knowledge of OSHA laboratory standards.

Knowledge of UNR’s Chemical Hygiene.


The typical work schedule is 40 hours, variable hours throughout the week with some late evenings and will require availability to cover instructional stockrooms with current schedules during Fall and Spring semesters (15 weeks per academic semester) and summer classes with some late evenings. Some days may be 10-hour shifts but not to exceed 40 hours per week. During the times when labs are not in session the schedule is flexible; this is subject to change based on organizational needs.

Compensation Grade

Grade 33

(Entry, Step 01 $22.83/hr – Step 05 $27.07/hr)

In classified service, salary is in Grade and Step. The Step is determined based on the Nevada Administrative Code. Salary placement above a Step 01 at initial appointment is determined based on the recruitment, the candidate’s qualifications, internal equity and budgets. A request to accelerate salary must be approved by Human Resources and abide by the Nevada Administrative Code.

To view the classified compensation schedules, please visit: Classified Compensation. Select Salary schedule, PP01.

For more information, visit the Classified Salary Calculator

Perks of PERS: Classified Employees are enrolled in The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada (PERS) upon hire. The PERS retirement plan is beyond compare. Please visit the Benefit Estimator Retirement Calculator for more information.

Perks of Working at UNR

Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance

Life insurance, generous annual and sick leave - Classified Benefits

E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options.

Reno is proud to be a University town! Many local businesses offer discounts to WolfCard holders

Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.

Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups

Staff Employees’ Council (SEC) represents all Classified employees. SEC holds monthly meetings to provide a forum for employees to participate. SEC

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