Laboratory Technician (Chemistry)

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Laboratory Technician (Chemistry)

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Posting #: 18-063

Campus: De Anza College

Close/Initial Review Date: 1/18/2019

Open Until Filled: No


Starting Salary: $2,170.14 (per month) plus benefits; Salary Grade: C1-45
Full Salary Range: $2,170.14 - $2,901.53 (per month)
NOTE: The salary advertised with this position is based on the 2017-2018 salary schedule. Effective July 1,2018 through June 30, 2019, the position will receive an additional temporary 5% increase. On July 1, 2019 salaries will revert to the 2017-2018 salary schedule unless another agreement is reached.

Initial Review Date: 1/18/19**
**Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the part-time classified position above.

De Anza College Mission Statement:
De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college's Institutional Core Competencies:

  • Communication and expression
  • Information literacy
  • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
  • Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental awareness
  • Critical thinking

Under the direction of the Dean of Physical Science, Math and Engineering, the staff member will prepare all laboratories for the instructional program. Preparation will include: 1) purchasing chemicals and supplies as needed; 2) preparation of solutions according to specifications; and 3) distribution of chemicals for student use. All preparation is to be completed in a timely manner according to instructional schedules and under the direction of faculty. In addition, the staff member will maintain complete, up-to-date records relating to: 1) notes regarding preparation of chemicals or solutions for each instructional class; 2) purchase orders, receipts, warranties, and equipment maintenance procedures; 3) computerized inventory of all supplies, equipment, chemicals, and Material Safety Data Sheets; 4) student lockers, keys, and student equipment checkout; and 5) time sheets for student stockroom support. Additional duties include processing purchase orders in accordance with departmental budget, overseeing and/or performing maintenance of equipment and instrumentation, and arranging repairs as needed. More generally, the staff member will oversee stockroom planning and space utilization and develop written guidelines for stockroom procedures such as student check-in, key distribution, and student check-in/out of special equipment. Finally, the staff member will provide guidance to the chemistry department in the management of hazardous waste, ensure compliance with local, state and federal (OSHA) safety regulations for laboratory and stockroom, and perform related duties as assigned.

Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, perform a variety of duties in support of an assigned laboratory; order, receive, store, maintain, and issue laboratory supplies and equipment.

Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Assist students with utilizing lab instruments, materials, and equipment in a safe and proper manner; answer technical questions; tutor students in assigned lab as necessary; demonstrate proper use of equipment and materials.
  2. Prepare and set up tools, equipment and materials for demonstrations, experiments, or instruction for the assigned lab; inspect lab for safety hazards and make corrections as necessary; demonstrate safety procedures as necessary.
  3. Order, issue and inventory supplies and equipment; assure the safe and proper storage of supplies, materials and equipment.
  4. Prepare and maintain a variety of records related to assigned laboratory duties.
  5. Operate a variety of assigned laboratory equipment specific to the assignment; perform minor repairs as needed.
  6. Perform administrative duties as assigned; monitor assigned budget expenditures.
  7. Communicate with other departments to exchange information and provide technical support as necessary; monitor the progress of students and discuss with faculty as needed.
  8. Attend various meetings as required.
  9. Perform a variety of clerical duties related to the assigned instructional laboratory.
  10. Monitor and provide direction to student assistants as assigned.
  11. Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  1. Equipment, materials and supplies utilized in an assigned laboratory.
  2. Principles, practices and procedures used in assigned laboratory.
  3. Record-keeping techniques.
  4. Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  5. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  6. Technical aspects of field of specialty.
  7. Health and safety regulations.

Ability to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Perform a variety of duties in support of an assigned laboratory.
  3. Order, receive, store, maintain and issue laboratory supplies and equipment.
  4. Assist students in the use and operation of assigned laboratory equipment and materials.
  5. Perform minor repairs on equipment.
  6. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  7. Maintain accurate records.
  8. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.


  1. Laboratory environment.

Physical Abilities:
  1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone.
  2. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate computer keyboard and assigned equipment.
  3. Seeing to read various materials.
  4. Standing for extended periods of time.
  5. Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally.
  6. Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching.
  7. Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling heavy objects up to 30 lbs.

  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Any combination equivalent to an Associate's degree in an assigned area of expertise, or related field AND three (3) years related instructional laboratory experience.

  1. Successful completion of courses and associated laboratory sessions in: general chemistry (1 year), organic chemistry (1 year), and one of the following: analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, or upper division spectroscopy.
  2. Undergraduate degree in physical science (BA/BS).
  3. Experience supervising a laboratory or chemical stockroom.
  4. Knowledge of and experience with hazardous waste management, including OSHA and related safety regulations and procedures with respect to chemistry laboratories and stockrooms.
  5. Knowledge of and experience with equipment/ instrument maintenance for such equipment such as analytical balances, GC, HPLC, FT-IR, spectrometer, polarimeters, and NMR (60 MHZ) Spectrometer.
  6. Experience with large-scale solution and reagent preparation including solution standardization.
  7. Ability to demonstrate a proficiency in computer applications such as Microsoft Office.
  8. Demonstrated ability to prepare a budget for equipment and supplies.
  9. Knowledge of or experience with maintaining an inventory of chemicals and safety equipment.
  10. Demonstrated ability to oversee the proper disposal of laboratory waste and facilitate work done by waste contractor.

  1. A District on-line application on *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  2. A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application. Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our “Applicant Information” to assist with technical difficulties at:

Position: Part-Time, Grant Funded, 11-months per year
Starting date: As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.
Work Schedule: Monday - Thursday, 2:00PM - 6:00PM and Friday - Saturday, 4 hours (to be determined).

Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement. The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. All interviewing costs incurred by applicant are the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:
Employment Services
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, California 94022
Email: [email protected]

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