Laboratory Technician (Physics and Geological Sciences)

Mar 21, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

San Mateo County Community College District

Laboratory Technician (Physics and Geological Sciences)

Posting Number: 2014422S

Department: Mathematics & Science CSM (DEPT)

Location: College of San Mateo

Position Number: 4C0287

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

Months per Year: 12

Salary Range: $56,676 (annual) - $68,988 (annual)

Position Type: Staff & Admin

General Statement:

San Mateo County Community College District values the principles of diversity and equity. We provide our students with a rich and dynamic learning community that embraces differences, emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become critical thinkers and socially responsible leaders.

The Laboratory Technician performs technical work involved with instructional support services and organizing, coordinating, and maintaining supplies and equipment for a college laboratory. Under general supervision, the employee uses subject matter knowledge to set up laboratory experiments, prepare and organize solutions and laboratory materials as needed and demonstrates the safe use of chemicals, supplies and equipment, including storage and disposal of a variety of supplies, and assists faculty in maintaining laboratory operations. Public contact is moderate, primarily involving faculty and students for the purpose of providing safety and procedural information concerning laboratory operations and supplies. A moderate to high degree of independent judgment and creativity are required to apply safety and other policies and procedures related to laboratory equipment and other supplies and to resolve frequent minor and occasional major problems that arise. Consequences of errors in judgment could be costly in student and employee safety, time and money; however, clearly prescribed procedures and other controls limit the risk of serious errors. A Laboratory Technician can direct the work of student assistants as assigned.

The person in this position will serve as the laboratory technician for the Physics (75%) and Geological Sciences (25%) departments. While experience in geological science is preferred, applicants with an interest and ability to learn the necessary geological science skills will also be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

• A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in physics, geophysics, or a closely related field
• Successful training and/or work experience in laboratory operations
• Awareness of applicable regulatory and other safety policies and procedures, such as OSHA standards
• Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication, including public speaking
• Skill in the use of a variety of computer software to track, format, and report on a variety of data.
• Demonstrated skill in respectful and sensitive communication with people of diverse cultures, language groups and abilities

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Experience in teaching or supporting educational laboratories in physics and/or geological sciences
2. Experience in the development of laboratory curricular materials
3. Experience with or knowledge of modern laboratory pedagogical techniques
4. Experience working with vendors of scientific equipment for technical support, repairs, and maintenance of equipment
5. Experience with commonly used educational physics equipment and software such as Pasco and Vernier systems
6. Knowledge of minerals, rocks and fossils and/or willingness to learn to identify the geology, paleontology and oceanography specimens
7. Ability to perform basic repairs on electrical and mechanical equipment
8. Ability to analyze and compare data; visual comparison and acuity
9. Skill in attention to detail and memory
10 Ability to adapt and be flexible
11. Ability to communicate orally to small and large groups; actively listen

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in geological science

Benefits: Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

First Review Date: 04/06/2017

Open Until Filled: Yes

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The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


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