Seasonal Laboratory Assistant

June 2024 Starting at  | $19.50/hour – POSITION FILLED

Wheat Marketing Center is seeking a seasonal Laboratory Assistant to engage in wheat testing and technical support of projects and research. In addition, this role will work with the existing Laboratory Technicians during the crop quality season (early July to end of September) to meet deadlines and achieve goals. Provide support for technical courses and facility tours. This is an hourly position, offering flexibility in working hours based on the needs of assigned tasks and supervisor’s direction. This position has the potential to become a full time permanent position.

Employment Duration:

  • June-October (End date negotiable, potential for extension to full-time)

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assists Operations Manager, and existing Laboratory Assistants for wheat and flour analytical tests
  • Support in research project process including assisting the technical team in the Bake Lab and Pilot Scale Lines (Cracker Line, Asian Noodle Line, Tortilla Line)
  • Support the Crop Quality Process
    • Crop quality supply preparation (labels, sample bags)
    • Precise and accurate handling of data and wheat samples
    • Daily wheat quality laboratory testing
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Enrolled in a Science, Food Science/Agriculture program
  • College Junior level or higher student or graduate student
  • Previous laboratory experience preferred but not required
  • Must possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Must be reliable and prompt
  • Must have legal status to work in the U.S.
  • Strong work ethic; ability to work without supervision as well as in a team setting

Other Position Requirements:

  • Standing for long periods of time in a laboratory
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • A valid driver’s license
  • No wheat or flour allergies

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Position Filled

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WMC is located in Northwest Portland in the Pearl District, is accessible by public transportation, and free parking is also available. Applicants are expected to work within the days & times of Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm.

This position is temporary and does not include employee benefits, except as required by law. All WMC employees are “at will.”

Wheat Marketing Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions are made in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, handicap, military or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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