• Laboratory Assistant (Part-time)

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    Employment Type
    Travel Required
    Position Location(s)
    US-SD-Sioux Falls
    FLSA Status

    At POET Research Inc., our vision is to discover and deliver a robust portfolio of high value process and product innovations that utilize renewable resources as effectively as possible.


    POET Research Lab Assistants provide valuable support to our scientists and engineers through experiment set up, sample analysis, data entry and experiment clean-up as needed to support changing experiments.  The individual in this position provides the extra set of hands to support our research efforts when it is needed.



    • You pay attention to the details. For you, anything worth doing is worth doing right, every time.
    • You are able to follow procedures, written or verbal, to ensure the work is repeatable.
    • You enjoy working in varied environments.  You may be weighing samples or counting yeast cells. 
    • You are looking for a flexible work arrangement within standard business hours of Monday through Friday 8am-5pm.
    • You like a clean work environment.  Cleaning dishes after experiments keeps things running smoothly.
    • You are a learner. You are not afraid of taking on new things.

    A TYPICAL DAY (if there is one...)

    • Maintain a clean, professional and safe working environment at all times.
    • Set-up and run lab tests according to POET’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) or direction from POET scientists and engineers.
    • Enter lab test results into the appropriate Excel sheets in a timely manner.
    • Clean, disinfect, and decontaminate lab surfaces, containers, equipment as needed and after experiments are complete.
    • Practice and adhere to POET safety procedures which incorporate local, state, and federal guidelines; OSHA, HAZMAT, etc.
    • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to use helping with multiple team member projects or experiments!



    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Associates degree or equivalent work experience in laboratory environment preferred
    • Familiarity with laboratory terminology and safe laboratory practices
    • Available to work within standard business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm with at least 4 hour blocks of time, a few days per week
    • Skilled in time management, communication, and attention to detail, with the ability to adapt to change
    • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite, and you’re capable of learning new programs


    • Advanced degree in related science field
    • Specific knowledge of bio-based technologies and development processes
    • Experience with specific analytical instruments (HPLC, IC, NIR, etc.)
    • Experience with LIMS, SharePoint, Maximo and other software programs



    • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s our code. We foster a culture of safe behavior at all times and in all environments, no exceptions.
    • Most work will be performed in laboratory environments.  This could include:
      • Standing at the lab bench or working at a computer for extended periods
      • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while working with chemicals or in dusty environments
      • Regularly bending, twisting and turning while lifting weights up to five (5) pounds.  Occasionally this will be done with heavier items, up to fifty (50) pounds
      • Occasionally lifting weights greater than fifty (50) pounds with assistance
      • Exposure to different environments (cold, heat, dust) when working in the warehouse lab
    • Occasional travel (up to 10%) to nearby POET bioprocessing facilities to transport samples. Business travel is anticipated during day-time hours and via usage of the approved company vehicle



    To view the completed job description click here.


    POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.


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