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Science Lab Specialist - BIO/CHM

Oakton Community College
Skokie, IL

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Category:: Staff
Department:: Division of STEM and Health Careers
Locations:: Skokie, IL
Posted:: Dec 14, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full Time Staff
Position ID:: 156978

About Oakton College :

For 50 years, Oakton College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies. Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

We offer:

  • Hyrbrid Work Schedules
  • Continuing Education
  • Great Benefits
  • Paid Winter Break
  • FRIDAYS OFF during the Summer

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibilities:

Under general supervision, direct the operational activities and provide instructional support services in the Biology and Chemistry student Laboratories.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interview, hire, train and supervise student employees as they prepare labs for biology courses such as human anatomy and physiology, general biology, microbiology, and non-majors biology and chemistry courses such as non-majors' chemistry, general chemistry, and organic chemistry.
  • Train and supervise PT staff laboratory Technician.
  • Review experimental procedures and equipment with lab instructors as necessary, and demonstrate procedures during student make-up labs and assist as needed.
  • Assist in coordinating BIOLOGY and CHEMISTRY lab schedules and preparation guidelines for experiments.
  • Initiate and supervise the maintenance and repair of lab equipment and instruments and initiate requests for supervise routine repairs of lab facilities, e.g., drains, faucets, safety equipment etc in consultation with Science Lab Manager.
  • Order chemical supplies and maintain chemistry lab equipment in consultation with Science lab Manager of CHM.
  • Maintain the safety, security and cleanliness of assigned Oakton laboratory facilities including during holidays and break periods.
  • Collect, organize and remove chemical wastes from the labs to a designated area. Maintain a list of chemical wastes. Maintain an inventory of CHM and BIO supplies.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Working Conditions:

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in Biology or related fields or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary.
  • Two years related Chemistry laboratory experience is required.
  • Two years supervisory experience is desirable.
  • Ability to interact professionally and tactfully with people of different levels of education, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences, and to exhibit an adequate level of respect to fellow employees and the College community at large.

Physical Demands:

Light lifting up to 30 lbs. and light carrying up to 30 lbs. Ability to reach above shoulder. Periods of time spent sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, bending and stooping. Mobility to move from building to building on-Campus and to visit off-Campus entities. Employees may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals.

Additional Information:

Supervision Received:

Administrative supervision is received from the Division Dean of STEM. Functional supervision may be received from Program Chair, and/or designated faculty member and Science Lab Manager of BIO, Science Lab Manager of CHM.

Supervision Exercised:

Functional supervision is exercised over Science Lab Technician and approximately 4-6 student employees.

SALARY: $50,839

HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:15 am - 5:00 pm Hours may be flexible due to the needs to the department

Based on the needs of the college and with Administrator approval, some positions at the college may have hybrid schedule options available after 30 working days.

Oakton is accessible by public transportation.

Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application.

Oakton College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.

Oakton is accessible by public transportation.


With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois.

Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program.

Programs of Study
Associate's degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language.

Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members boast top academic credentials, and their true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Oakton's 46,000 credit and non-credit students represent all ages, 55 nations, and a wide range of experience. More than half come from a minority background, bringing a wealth of perspectives to campus.

Student Life
Students at Oakton participate in 50 clubs and organizations, from the Ceramics Club to Students for Social Justice, and they take a role in college governance and more through the Student Government Association and other leadership groups. A rich activities calendar offers lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.

With a full performing arts season and a museum dedicated to the work of Chicago-area artists, Oakton Community College fosters a creative environment where the arts flourish. For students, that means opportunities to learn, create, and perform. For the community, the College offers a wide array of cultural events and opportunities to experience creativity.

Find Us
1600 E Golf Rd
Des Plaines

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