Research Grant Specialist at Coastal Carolina University Environmental Quality Lab
Environmental Services | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Area, US
Serves as a project coordinator for major lab projects. Performs field sampling of fresh and marine waters (including from groundwater wells, piers, small boats). Collects field measurement data using in-situ sensors for conductivity/salinity, dissolved oxygen, and pH. Processes samples and completes lab analysis: COD, chlorophyll/pheophytin, color, microbiology (Enterococcus by Enterolert, Fecal coliform by multiple tube A-1 media, total coliform and E. coli by Colilert-18), qPCR, total residual chlorine, total nitrogen/total phosphorus, turbidity. Assists with other analyses: BOD5, chemical tracers (caffeine, optical brighteners), organic carbon, TSS/VSS, quantitative water flow, toxicity (Daphnia magna). Equipment use and maintenance: Agilent Stratagene Mx3005P QPCR System, Eppendorf and Rainin pipets, Evoqua water system, Fisher IsoTemp incubators, Mettler Toledo balances, Millipore deionizers, NIST traceable thermometers and weight sets, Qubit fluorometer, Secchi disks, SonTek FlowTracker Handheld-ADV, Steris autoclave, Thermo Scientific IEC CL10 centrifuge, and YSI handheld multiparameter sondes. Equipment calibrations: Hach 2100N Turbidimeter, Hach DR2000/Odyssey spectrophotometers, Turner Designs Trilogy fluorometer. Additional duties: reviewing data and records to prepare reports/presentations/publications based on results of analyses and investigations, data management including online monitoring databases and associated website content, answering client questions and special requests, mailing invoices, assisting with modifying/securing contracts, developing/revising lab SOPs based on Standard Methods, generating QAM/QAPPs texts and other lab forms, assisting with maintaining lab certifications (involving QA/QC procedure review, proficiency testing, audits), instructing/mentoring new staff/students, method development, troubleshooting problems with analytical equipment, complying with lab safety guidelines, and conducting inventories and ordering supplies.