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Laboratory Assistant - Biology

McHenry County College
Crystal Lake, IL, IL

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

Job Details

Work Week

20-25 Hours | Flexible schedule to meet department needs, including mostly evening hours.

Position Summary

In this position you will assist with the daily operation of the biology laboratory facilities, particularly support of evening laboratory classes.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and replenish supplies, media, and equipment needed for experiments
  • Maintain clean and functional laboratories.
  • Understand the operation of equipment and laboratory techniques used within the department
  • Assist the instructors when utilizing special equipment or replacing equipment for students during laboratory sessions
  • Instruct users on the correct procedure for operating laboratory equipment
  • Provide access to the labs for open lab
  • Maintain live animals, plants, and stock in microbiological cultures
  • Monitor security and safety of prep rooms and laboratories, including storage and use of hazardous chemicals and potentially pathogenic bacteria and fungi
  • Maintain cadavers during periods of non-instruction
  • Uphold all health and safety regulations related to laboratories, including coordinating the removal of hazardous waste and wearing protective equipment as required.
  • Assists with coverage for the chemistry laboratory manager
  • Work collaboratively with others (e.g. colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities
  • Be able to follow both written and verbal instructions
  • Setup and support lab exams
  • Assume additional duties as assigned by immediate supervisor
  • Required Qualifications

  • Associates degree from a regional accredited institution
  • College coursework in biological sciences and chemistry
  • Organization


    As a leading community college and an integral part of the Illinois system of higher education, McHenry County College (MCC) is dedicated to upholding a policy of open admissions, a comprehensive program of educational offerings, and maintenance of an informal and engaging student-oriented learning environment.

    Thrive in a dedicated and innovative team environment. Enjoy a rewarding career with generous benefits. Qualified applicants who are committed to excellence are encouraged to apply.

    At a Glance

    • provides credit and noncredit educational and training opportunities as well as special events for close to 60,000 participants annually. The college serves the seventh most rapidly growing county in Illinois and offers six associate's degrees and 17 Associate of Applied Science degrees.
    • also offers free adult education.
    • promotes a wide range of high-quality learning opportunities, enabling students to meet their educational, career and personal goals close to home at an affordable price.

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