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Ocean Science Laboratory Assistant

Do you like the ocean? Are you curious about microbial life in the deep sea? The Gilhooly lab in the Department of Earth Sciences at Indiana University Indianapolis is looking for an undergraduate researcher to help analyze samples collected from an oceanographic expedition. This is a paid position with opportunities to gain valuable experience in chemical analyses  and ocean sciences. 

Job Duties and Details:

  • The student will be responsible for processing marine samples for chemical analysis.
  • This is a part-time position with a salary of $14/hour and the expectation of 5 to 10 hours per week.
  • The student will be trained and supervised by Dr. Bill Gilhooly. They will also work along-side graduate students within the research group. Check out more about our lab group here:


  • Students with a background in geology, environmental science, chemistry or biology are encouraged to apply but this experience is not required.
  • Those from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM are especially encouraged to apply. Work-study is accepted for this position. 

Skills, Attributes, Knowledge:

  • Essential skills for this position include practical knowledge of lab equipment such as pipettes and balances, the ability to work independently, a growth mind-set, and a curiosity about natural sciences.

Learning Outcomes:

In accordance with the IUPUI Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success, experience in this position will help students become acquainted with the following profiles:

  • Innovator – The ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects and tasks within a specific timeframe.
  •  Problem Solver –The ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments. The ability to find/create solutions to problems using creativity, reasoning, past experiences, and available information and resources.