Laboratory Coordinator

Job description

Laboratory Coordinator

Clinton, NY
Open Date:
Jan 12, 2021

As directed by department chair, prepares and teaches laboratories for courses in the fields of Microbiology and Molecular Biology.  Also responsible for ordering supplies and maintaining inventory; tracking departmental budget; helping maintain general departmental facilities and equipment; serving as departmental chemical hygiene officer; and assisting with departmental functions.


  • Prepares and teaches two laboratories (one in each semester) in the fields of Microbiology and Molecular Biology.  Performs trial runs of experimental protocols as needed.  Also responsible for tearing down laboratories and ensuring equipment is put away and materials are cleaned.  
  • Orders & distributes departmental supplies, records all expenditures, and tracks departmental budgets.  Works with building Administrative Assistants and Stock room Manager to insure that proper stocks are maintained.  Reconciles budget expense reports and assists department chair in drafting yearly budget request.  Responsible for creating online accounts with vendors, requesting vendor taxpayer certification and submitting NYS tax exempt forms as needed.  Responsible for college departmental credit card and submitting statements of monthly transactions with appropriate departmental budget lines and invoice for each transaction (approx. 50-60 monthly) to the Business Office.
  • Serves as chemical hygiene officer for the department.  Serves as liaison with the College Environmental Health and Safety Office; point of contact for questions relating to chemical hygiene and hazardous waste disposal, safety regulations, signage, and MSDS sheets. Also oversees major departmental equipment (autoclaves, -80 freezers, distilled water supplies, biosafety cabinets) Vis a vis safety, servicing, and training of students and faculty of multiple departments in its operation.
  • Oversees general facility maintenance: monitors equipment inventory, arranges for equipment repair, servicing, or sending for routine maintenance or calibration, and coordinates with Physical Plant on facility repair. 
  • Supervises student employees (approx. 6 - 10 per semester). 
  • Assists with organizing departmental functions.  Performs other related duties as needed.
  • Actively participate in building our diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community.


Master’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or relevant science disciplines.  2 years of experience operating and maintaining science equipment and materials in a laboratory or similar setting is required.  Teaching experience required.  Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilties:

  • Record keeping skills, order processing and planning skills, attention to detail.
  • Ability to be proactive with assisting the chair of the department and facility maintenance.
  • Ability to be patient, take initiative, and work independently.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience using personal computer for word processing, spreadsheets, database management, etc.
  • Knowledge of laboratory language, basic laboratory safety, procedures, and equipment (function and use). 
  • Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate students.  Effective teaching and writing skills including the ability to lead a class and the ability to evaluate student work, in particular data analysis and scientific writing. 
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to learn new skills consistent with work in a modern molecular biology lab (e.g., fluorescence microscopy, PCR, gel electrophoresis, etc). 
  • Ability to prepare chemical solutions (knowledge of chemistry).

Application Instructions:

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.




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Job No:
Posted: 1/13/2021
Application Due: 4/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time