Laboratory Assistant

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory
Full/Part Time:


The Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory (AASL) provides analytical testing and research-based recommendations to support sustainable resource management decisions. The lab offers comprehensive analyses of soil, water, plant tissue, manure, compost, and other agricultural materials. This position primarily assists with receiving, sorting, and preparation of sample materials including soils, plants, manures, biosolids, and composts for analysis. Preparation includes drying, grinding, uniform mixing, subsampling, and quantitatively transferring to appropriate containers. Additional tasks include performance of routine procedures such as filtration using gravitational and vacuum extraction, quantitative transfer and bringing samples to volume in volumetric containers, precise weighing, and cleaning, and the operation of analytical pipettes, pH and ion specific electrodes, drying ovens, and muffle furnaces. This position also assists with inventory and data collection and entry into the Laboratory Information Management System Filemaker database. All tasks will be performed following procedures specified in the standard operating procedures manual. Preference will be given to current undergraduate students in the Penn State College of Agriculture. Previous laboratory experience is preferred, but not required. Please submit current resume and a brief cover letter summarizing relevant training and experience.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088