Scientific Assistant

Scientific Assistant


1161-NN – Scientific Assistant

Business Title:

Scientific Assistant

Additional Titles:



Employee Type:

Admin. Professional (+) (Fixed Term)

Job Family:

Administrative Professional – Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

This position will perform professional-level work in support of the research activities in tree crops in Washington. The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties including field and laboratory analyses to accomplish research goals; field experiment set up; developing field and laboratory protocols; collecting, processing, and analyzing data; statistical analysis; preparing graphics and reports; troubleshooting and maintaining computers and laboratory equipment. A high level of capability in computer software (spreadsheets, word processing, and presentation) and the ability to learn new software is required. Additional requirements include the ability to locate and purchase supplies, schedule and execute activities independently, and learn new procedures and protocols. Experimental and analytical skills, precision, reliability, understanding and knowledge of research theory, excellent organizational skills are also required. The incumbent will lead the activities of hourly workers, and work with other technical staff and scientists to achieve

project goals.

Required Qualifications:

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.

Additional Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in science, laboratory experience and knowledge performing professional-level work with scientific
  • research protocols.
  • Experimental and analytical skills, precision, reliability, understanding and knowledge of research
  • theory, excellent organizational and project management skills. Technical editing experience and advanced knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid driver’s license at time of hire.

Additional Information:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21.14.2, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodation is available at Please contact HRS at or
509-335-4521if you have questions.


College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)

Department Name:

WSU Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

City, State, Zip:

Wenatchee, WA 98801

Department Link:

Monthly Salary:

$4,200.00 | Commensurate upon qualifications and experience.



Position Type:


Temporary End Date:

This is a temporary position expected to end one year from start date. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.

Screening Begin Date:

This position has been posted as
Open until Filled. The screening of applicants will begin
August 2, 2022.

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Required Documents:

1) Resume

2) Cover Letter

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services:
509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

To apply, visit

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.