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Lab Assistant

Stilwell, Kansas
Classification: Non-exempt, Full-Time
Department and Location: Sample Management; Stilwell, KS United States
Reports to: Sample Management Team Lead, Analytical Manager or Designee
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Work Schedule:  Schedule is determined based on business needs which may include weekends and/or holidays.

To provide competitive, independent, investigative research and product development in: crop production; crop protection; food quality; environmental preservation, product stewardship, genetics and seeds.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the receipt, logging and storing of Residue Samples.
  • Responsible for entering all data accurately into the Sample Tracking system.
  • Responsible for keeping accurate and well documented records for all projects assigned.
  • Capable of producing the daily sample throughput after the required training period.
  • Capable of multi-tasking several projects at the same time.
  • Maintain a clean work environment and assist team members with other duties required of the supervisory staff.
  • Responsible  for  keeping  all  equipment  in  good working  order  and  initiating  proper cleaning of the equipment.
  • Ensure laboratory supplies are in stock, and notify personnel placing the orders when stock is low.
  • Follow instructions provided by supervisory staff.
  • All other duties as assigned by supervisor, or lab designee.
  • High School Graduate and/or GED, required.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written direction in order to perform basic laboratory tasks; must be able to accurately document tasks per Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (“SOP”)'s.
  • Able to work in highly regulated, high pace environment.
  • Must be able to lift/move greater than or equal to fifty (50) to sixty (60) pounds with proper ergonomics and use of assistance as needed (e.g. other people, carts, pallet jack, etc...)
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate in English fluently, or with necessary assistance, while performing the job duties which require this ability.
  • Required competencies:
  • Mission and Values Driven – Clearly understand the mission and values of SynTech Research to ensure all work performance aligns to the mission and values. All employees are expected to promote a “CAN DO” attitude and demonstrate a willingness to work in a professional and collaborative manner. Demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and self-improvement.
  • Integrity, Ethics, and Collaboration – Treat people with respect and individuality; do what you say; be fair and equitable in all interactions; be a good steward of company resources; and work effectively with others.
  • Safety – Put safety first by anticipating and performing actions necessary to avoid hazardous work-related conditions which could result in injury, harm, or loss.
  • Communication – Give and welcome feedback; exhibit objectivity and openness to others’ views; contribute to holding each other accountable and build a positive team spirit. Write clearly and informatively; edit work to high standards of written presentation.
  • Adaptability, Flexibility, and Critical Thinking – Effectively manage competing demands and able to change course when new information becomes available. Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully; and develop alternative solutions.
  • Attention to Detail and Timely Follow-up – Demonstrate thoroughness and accuracy in work activities through concern for all areas involved. Plan and prioritize work activities, use time efficiently to meet deadlines and provide timely follow-up for all issues.
 Physical Demands:
  • Specific vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, depth perceptions, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms – overhead and other.
  • Able to work in highly regulated, high pace environment.
  • Must be able to walk, stand 50% to 80% of the time, squat, bend, kneel, climb, push, pull, use hands; reach with hands and arms overhead; speak and hear effectively in team and/or one-on-one conversations.
  • For Sample Management: Must be able to climb ladders, lift/move up to fifty (50) pounds with proper ergonomics and use of assistance as needed (e.g., other people, carts, pallet jack, etc...).
 Work Environment:
  • Office setting in a temperature controlled environment.
  • Exposure to outdoors in extreme conditions.
  • Some exposure to chemicals or hazardous wast materials handled or present.
  • Interaction with employees and visitors.
Additional Duties:
Additional duties and responsibilities may be added to this Job Description at any time. The Job Description does not state or imply that these are the only activities to be performed by the employee holding this position. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related responsibilities as requested by their supervisor.
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