Chemical Lab Technician

Mar 02, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Schedule Information: Mon-Fri, 8-4:30

Hours Per Week: 29/hrs. per week

Benefits: Prorated Sick & Vacation; Holiday Pay; 2 Harper Tuition Waivers per semester

Work Conditions

Works indoors with hazardous chemicals. Work involves moving throughout the laboratories in an area with an outside perimeter of nearly an eighth of a mile and occasionally climbing ladders. Work may also involve lifting of carboys up to 40 lbs and moving compressed gas cylinders.

Duties of Position:  

Assists Chemical Hygiene Officer in monitoring health, safety and storage issues with respect to lab instruction, evaluating hazards, and assessing risks in procedures and supplies used in laboratory experiments.  Helps maintain a file of Material Safety Data Sheets and other appropriate safety documentation.

Provides technical support to the chemistry faculty including the preparation, distribution, storage and inventory of supplies and materials, and maintenance and calibration of instrumentation and equipment.

Prepares chemical reagents, solutions, and other needed supplies and equipment.  Maintains an index of the locations of all supplies and equipment.

Assists chemistry faculty members and students with instrumentation and equipment during laboratory sessions.    Provides brief laboratory supervision when an instructor must leave the laboratory room.  Posts notices of temporary class cancellations.

Assists faculty with the use of AV and demo equipment for the department.

Collects chemical laboratory wastes.  Cleans up spilled chemicals in laboratories and properly disposes of all spilled chemicals and broken glassware.  Monitors health and safety issues in the laboratories.

Maintains the laboratories, stockrooms, prep room, instrumentation room and storage rooms in orderly and neat condition by cleaning and storing supplies and equipment.  Monitors utilities such as deionized water, city water, steam, compressed air, vacuum, natural gas, electricity, , and ventilation; reports problems to Physical Plant.  Monitors keys to student lockers.

Meets regularly with the Chemistry Technologies/Chemical Hygiene Officer to discuss duties and problems.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Educational Requirements:  

Bachelor degree in chemistry with an emphasis on laboratory skills and instrumentation. 

Experience Requirements:  

At least one year of chemistry laboratory experience including operation and maintenance of common laboratory instrumentation.   Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet, software required. Knowledge of chemistry laboratory safety preferred.

Application Review Date:  Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: March 16, 2017

Required Documents***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire 
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.

* Employment sponsorship is not available.

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