Temporary Lab Technicians

Ames, IA /
Lab Operations - Ames /
Trace Genomics has developed the first analytics engine that learns as it maps the living soil. Founded in 2015 to serve the farming community, Trace Genomics helps growers maximize the value of every acre. The company is building the largest, most actionable body of soil intelligence, making thousands of growers experts on what’s underground. Working collaboratively across the agriculture ecosystem, Trace Genomics helps growers optimize costs, manage risk and protect their soil. Headquartered in Silicon Valley—led by industry veteran Dan Vradenburg and founded by two female PhDs from Stanford University—Trace Genomics is having a meaningful impact on the future of food.

Temporary Laboratory Technician FALL 2021 - Chemistry
35 to 40 hours a week, for 8 to 10 weeks

We’re looking for a self-motivated and organized individual to join our ever-growing Soil Analysis Production team. As a Laboratory Technician, you’ll be performing high-throughput soil processing, which consists of making soil slurry, subsampling it for the different measurements we offer, and cleaning tools and area used in the process. You’ll be integral in helping us meet our tight deliverable deadlines, so the ideal candidate would have great organization, communication skills, as well as basic understanding of science and pipetting. Additionally, you’ll be helping to maintain inventory of samples and materials.We emphasize a collaborative work environment, which allows each individual to contribute innovative ideas and solutions to benefit our customers and our team. As a part of our team, you’ll be given the opportunity to work closely with various subject matter experts in the fields of agriculture, analytics, microbiome, and molecular biology, further expanding your knowledge across the board. At Trace, you’ll be given the chance to create a more sustainable future in the world of agriculture!

● Perform high-throughput processing of soil samples (sample preparation)
● Comply with all Trace safety and company practices
● Other duties as needed

● Responsible (punctual, reliable)
● Attention to details
● Multitasking skills
● Organized/Clean working space
● Requires standing for long hours
● Able to work in a noisy environment  
● Work with repetitive tasks
● Be able to follow SOP (Standard Operating Procedures)

Two Levels:
Lab Tech 1 – Soil Sample Preparations: Must be able to lift 25 to 50 lbs
Lab Tech 2 – Soil Sample Preparations: (wetmill and extractions) and EC/pH/BpH measurements, a Bachelors in life science or chemistry preferred (student in these fields is also accepted). Proficiency in pipetting. Experience in general laboratory equipment (pH meter, shaker, centrifuge, etc).

Nice to Haves:
● Experience with lab automation and LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System)
Key Personal Attributes Include
Committed to our core values: Customer-Driven, Scientific Integrity, Creative Problem Solving, Diversity & Inclusion, and Fearless Determination