Chemistry Laboratory Support Technician

Location
Seaside, California
Posted
Aug 25, 2017
Ref
MB2017-TA2348
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chemistry Laboratory Support Technician

(Instructional Support Technician II)

This is a regular, full-time position paid on an 11/12 month pay plan,

11-months of work paid over a 12-month period.

MB2017-TA2348

Apply Today!  Open until filled.  Application Screening Begins on: Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

PURPOSE:

Under the general supervision of the Dean, College of Science, with daily oversight by the Vice-Chair of the School of Natural Sciences (SNS) as part of the SNS instructional support team, the Chemistry Laboratory Support Technician shall provide comprehensive services in support of Chemistry and Physics and related laboratory activities for the academic programs within the School of Natural Sciences.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Prepare, set up, and clean up materials, equipment, and lab classrooms in support of labs in chemistry and physics.  Proactively plan ahead to meet multiple timelines for procurement of materials and testing of upcoming lab activities.  Maintain detailed records of lab work and class preparation. Support other science lab course offerings in geology or environmental science as needed.
  2. Maintain, clean and organize materials, chemicals, and lab spaces. Accurately and regularly update multiple inventory databases.
  3. Organize and update safety information as needed for laboratory classes. Prepare and label lab materials and wastes for storage and disposal, acting in compliance with guidelines and regulations. Maintain cleanliness and safety of lab spaces.  Share safety information with faculty, and train student workers in safety aspects of all lab procedures.
  4. Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair standard chemistry and related lab equipment such as GC, IR, pH meters, spectrophotometers, and other instrumentation, including computer interfaces for data collection.
  5. Provide training as necessary for faculty and staff in the use of specialized instrumentation and scientific procedures, including safety aspects. Assist with tracking shared equipment.
  6. Perform other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of: the principles, techniques, and requirements of supporting university-level chemistry laboratory instruction; the methods, materials, and equipment integral to the discipline and curriculum.

Ability to: proactively plan, prioritize, organize and schedule activities to meet both short-term and long-term deadlines; pay attention to detail and follow verbal and written instructions; operate, adjust, trouble-shoot and perform simple maintenance of scientific instrumentation; work both independently and interdependently in a rapidly evolving setting; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; communicate verbally and in writing in a cooperative, professional, and tactful manner within a diverse team of students, faculty, support staff, and related community organizations. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Equivalent to three years of experience providing instructional laboratory support services for college chemistry or related discipline; or in preparing laboratory materials and performing procedures for chemistry or a related discipline.

OR the equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment in a chemistry-related discipline may be substituted for one year of the required experience;

OR the equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment in a chemistry-related discipline may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS REQUIRED:

Thorough knowledge of office systems and ability to use a broad range of technology systems and packages including word processing, spreadsheet, and database. 

Ability to: adjust, trouble-shoot, and perform simple maintenance of scientific instrumentation related chemistry and other science courses; pay attention to detail and follow verbal and written instructions; work both independently and interdependently in a rapidly evolving setting; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; communicate verbally and in writing in a cooperative, professional, and tactful manner within a diverse team of students, faculty, support staff, and related community organizations.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Chemistry or related discipline with upper division laboratory coursework in chemistry or closely related discipline with least two (2) years of experience as a laboratory technician where duties included direct responsibility for preparing labs for college courses in general and organic chemistry.  Experience operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting lab instrumentation used in college-level chemistry and physics courses.  Experience preparing reagents and handling chemicals and hazardous waste safely. Experience training others in scientific procedures and use of instruments.  Extensive experience with Microsoft Professional Suite especially with Excel and Access, or equivalent programs. 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & POSITION DESIGNATIONS:

  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with CSUMB.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:
    • responsibility for the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property;
    • access to controlled or hazardous substances;
    • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards; and
    • responsibility for operating commercial vehicles, machinery or equipment that could pose environmental hazards or cause injury, illness, or death.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • Work schedule may require some evenings and/or weekend work.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Must participate in all OSHA and University safety programs, as required, and follow all work safety guidelines.  Involves working with chemicals, including organic solvents; compressed gases; biological materials; glass and other sharps.  Work involves use and maintenance of scientific equipment, risk of being exposed to fire, fumes, chemical and biological hazards, and electrical shock.  Position requires frequent movement; bending; climbing; reaching; standing; lifting objects up to 40 lbs; and applying force.  Requires the use of computers, databases, and spreadsheets. 

SALARY:           

Anticipated hiring salary in the mid to high $3,000's/month.  For salary range info see:  CSU Salary Schedule.  CSUMB offers an attractive employee benefits package, CSU Benefits R09.  The University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing, Employee Housing.

TENTATIVE RECRUITMENT TIMELINE:                

Sept. 28 & 29    Screening Interview via Skype                                                                                                 

Oct. 5 & 6          Successful Candidates invited to On-Campus Interview  

Oct. 30               Tentative Start Date

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

For full consideration, submit the required documents by 5:00 p.m. on the priority screen date listed above.  For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-3389.  For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library (map). 

CSU Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to:  Age, Disability, Race or Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Identity or Expression, Nationality, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Genetic Information, Veteran or Military Status.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.