Lab Assistant - External

Grand Rapids Community College
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Lab Assistant - External

Date: May 4, 2022

Position Title: Laboratory Assistant

Department: Biology

Job ID: 1339

Work Hours/Schedule: 40 hours/52 weeks

Compensation: Meet & Confer Grade 12 - $20.05/hour

Reports to: Biology Department Head

Posting Close Date: Open Until Filled


Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:
  • Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option).
  • A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery).
  • Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans)
  • Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents.
  • Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you.
  • Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks.
  • Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!


This 40 hour/week position is split between the Biology and Physical Sciences Departments (approximately 27 hours are spent working in the Biology Department and approximately 13 hours are spent working in the Physical Sciences Department). While ultimately reporting to the Department Head of Biology, this position coordinates with faculty and staff from both departments to oversee activities in both departments on the GRCC Main Campus and at Off-Site classes. Acts as liaison to faculty and personnel at off-campus locations, and transports labs, supplies, and equipment to off-site locations. Acts as a safety coordinator for the departments at sites where labs are delivered. Characterizes all waste generated by laboratory experiments and packs hazardous waste for disposal. Handles all issues related to lab supplies, including ordering supplies and instruments, maintaining (equipment, chemical and SDS) inventories, and managing proper storage. This position may require weekday, evening and/or weekend duties with variable time schedules.

Essential Job Functions
    Coordinates biological and physical sciences labs at GRCC Off-Site locations. Coordinates biological and physical sciences labs on GRCC Main campus Assumes additional duties of lab preparation, setup, and take-down for other laboratory classes as time permits. Communicates and collaborates with the Dean of GRCC Lakeshore Campus and other Off-Site personnel to ensure smooth operation of Off-Site classes. Manages inventories and needs assessment for weekend and off-site laboratories. Transports labs, supplies, and equipment to and from off-site locations. Prepares and maintains bacterial cultures for BI 127 and BI 152 labs and formulates required media and stains. Independently formulates, prepares and packages chemical/biological reagents and student unknown samples. Analyzes and troubleshoots failed experiments and/or inconsistent experimental results and investigates new and innovative laboratory equipment and instruments. Pursues, suggests, develops, and tests the use of modified and/or new labs. Monitors and trains student workers and laboratory assistants in collaboration with the Lab Coordinator. Provides technical support or assistance to faculty and students. Assists with the development and maintenance of department budgets for instructional laboratory supplies/equipment. Reconciles and maintain department purchasing records. Regular attendance during normal scheduled hours is required. Being present is essential for serving customers and performing the essential functions of this position. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Marginal Job Functions
  • Updates laboratory preparation notes.
  • Collects and maintains a library of instrument manuals, user guides, vendor supply catalogs and SDS records.
  • Engages in professional development activities and maintains expertise in the field of biology.
  • Maintains and repairs laboratory equipment.
  • Participates in departmental community service events and activities.
  • Executes other duties as assigned by the Laboratory Coordinator and/or the Department Head.


    Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field required National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) preferred.

Work Experience
  • Experience in microbiology preparation (culturing of microbes, media preparation, chemical preparation, autoclave use).
  • Knowledge of safety issues and OSHA regulations.
  • Exposure to biosafety practices and procedures for microbiological laboratories.
  • Possession of leadership qualities, good people service skills and a student-oriented focus.

  • The following competencies are essential and will be evaluated for our candidates through the evidence-based selection process:

Foundational Competencies
    Responsibility Adaptability Teamwork Achievement Decisive Listening Strength Vision

Occupational Competencies
    Handling and Moving Objects Performing General Physical Activities Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Getting Information Making Decisions and Solving Problems Communicating with Supervisors Controlling Machines and Processes Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Assisting and Caring for Others Scheduling Work and Activities

Physical Demands
  • Manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination to efficiently, accurately and safely operate laboratory equipment and tools.
  • Stand or sit for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 40 pounds.

Mental Demands
  • Excellent organizational skills, aptitude to prioritize, and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem-solving abilities.
  • Possess mature judgment and is flexible in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Team player who maintains a positive working relationship with co-workers.

Working Conditions
  • Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information.
  • Laboratory environment in an academic setting
  • Travel to off-site locations.
  • Exposure to contaminants and hazardous conditions on a weekly basis.


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will be open until filled. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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Working at Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan’s faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan.

Today, GRCC’s eight-block downtown campus, encompassing more than 25 acres in downtown Grand Rapids, includes several classroom buildings, a learning center (including the Diversity Learning Center) and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center (which features a green roof), a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center, Bostwick Commons, and the Calkins Science Center.

The college also offers instruction from a variety of regional centers in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area (including numerous local high schools, regional centers and its two Learning Corners on Wealthy St. and Seward Ave.) and on the West Michigan lakeshore (including West Ottawa High School, Careerline Tech Center, the Midtown Holland Center and Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus in Holland).

In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC, part of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades.

To increase capacity to meet unprecedented demand, GRCC acquired the former campus of Davenport University on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids and began offering courses at Sneden Hall beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

In Winter 2010, more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 260 full-time and 590 part-time members as well as a staff of 430, all of whom are focused on the College’s priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. Many GRCC faculty members have been recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and innovative teaching styles.

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