Laboratory Coordinator I

Tucson, AZ
Jun 10, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Molecular and Cellular Biology

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Laboratory Preparation Coordinator will work with the 1st semester 181L Biology Laboratory Director and Teaching Assistants, and be responsible for laboratory preparation and support for introductory biology labs (MCB181L - Molecular and Cellular Biology emphasis). Work includes coordinating a team of assistants in the physical preparation of the laboratory for instruction. Work is performed under minimum supervision and will be evaluated based on completion of tasks and results obtained. There are not teaching responsibilities with this position.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

Primary Duties:

  • Prepares and maintains materials, equipment, and work area for laboratories
  • Maintains laboratory organisms and prepares cultures for student use
  • Trains and coordinates prep staff; oversees & double-checks their work
  • Provides and oversees support for students and teaching assistants while laboratories are in session
  • Assists in the planning and troubleshooting of experimental procedures
  • Evaluates efficiency and consistency of laboratory preparation; implements improvements as needed
  • Places orders for lab materials and keeps accurate budget records; maintains necessary inventory, and the orderliness and cleanliness of the facility
  • Coordinates with University Information Technology Support to maintain equipment hardware and software
  • Observes and communicates work and safety rules

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of basic microbiology and/or molecular and cellular biology
  • Ability to operate and coordinate maintenance of biological laboratory equipment including but not limited to: microscopes, spectrophotometer, centrifuges, autoclaves, and micropipettes
  • Ability to accurately and reproducibly culture microorganisms and make common solutions
  • Ability to organize logistics of preparation for a large enrollment laboratory course
  • Ability to oversee task management and laboratory preparation schedule
  • Ability to problem solve independently

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience required
  • At least one year of relevant work experience in Biology including in sterile technique

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in conducting research in a laboratory setting
  • Previous experience overseeing others, in or out of a laboratory setting
  • Previous experience preparing materials for a laboratory course
  • Previous experience working with bacteria, Chlamydomonas, and/or yeast



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Research & Lab

Job Function:


Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


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Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Emily Dykstra at [email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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