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Science Lab Specialist - Microbiology

Oakton Community College
Des Plaines, IL

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Category:: Staff
Department:: Division of STEM and Health Careers
Locations:: Des Plaines, IL
Posted:: Dec 14, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full Time Staff
Position ID:: 156977

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:

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

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Under general supervision, plan and direct the delivery of instructional support services needed for the completion of Biology science labs.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the preparation of reagents, media and growth of bacteria for all Microbiology courses on both campuses. Ensure that reagents are transported to the Skokie campus for Microbiology courses in a timely manner.
  • Supervise and train employees as they prepare labs for microbiology lab experiments. Supervise student employees as they prepare labs for other Biology labs.
  • Review experimental procedures and equipment with lab instructors as necessary.
  • Assist in coordinating BIOLOGY lab schedules and preparation guidelines for experiments.
  • Maintain the safety, security and cleanliness of assigned Oakton laboratory facilities.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Working Conditions:

  • A 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 laboratory experience is preferred.
  • 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.
  • Preferred qualifications include: a bachelor's degree in Microbiology or extensive experience in the preparation, and classification, and growing of microorganisms.

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.

Supervision Exercised:

Functional supervision is exercised over approximately 8 -10 student employees.

Salary: $50,839

HOURS: Monday - Friday 1:45 pm - 10:30 pm Hours may be flexible due to the needs of 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 Community 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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