Laboratory Assistant

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Laboratory Assistant to join the Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Center (OBSIC, within the Geology and Geophysics Department. This is a temporary, casual, non-exempt position, and is not eligible for benefits.


With direct supervision, performs routine laboratory and clerical assignments.


The internal working title for this position could be either Laboratory Assistant I or Laboratory Assistant II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience. 

Essential Functions


  • Assists in collection and preparation of samples, data, and instrumentation.
  • Maintains data records and performs other appropriate clerical functions.
  • Light mechanical/electrical assembly required

  • May organize lab work areas

  • May use CAD

  • May perform other project specific duties and complete other general task oriented functions as required.



  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

  • Lab Assistant I Level*- High School Diploma or equivalent. CAD familiarity is desired.


    Lab Assistant II Level- High School Diploma with some relevant lab experience. CAD familiarity is desired.


    All position levels require basic computer skills and a willingness to take on a variety of tasks.

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.


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