Instructional Lab Technician - Science (Biology)

Chula Vista, San Diego County
Jul 24, 2014



Under the direction of the Dean of the School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering; perform complex technical work, primarily related to one or more of the following Biology courses: Microbiology, Cell/Molecular Biology. Oversee the operation and maintenance of the instructional laboratory, including the stockroom, prep rooms and classrooms. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Preparation, set up, and maintenance of laboratory equipment, models, specimens, bacterial cultures, media, and reagents; frequent communication with instructors; provide work direction to student workers; maintenance of the stockroom in a neat, orderly, and secure manner; promotion of a safe working environment in all lab operations; performance of minor repairs and maintenance on laboratory equipment and models; contacting the appropriate vendors for major repairs of equipment; and perform related duties as assigned. Pass pre-employment physical if selected for position.

ASSIGNMENTS WILL INCLUDE: Use of a variety of technical equipment including autoclaves, pipetting machines, microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, electronic balances, gel electrophoresis equipment; ability to troubleshoot labs for potential problems and to solve these problems; preparation of reagents; timely ordering of supplies; inventory control. Knowledge and use of material data safety sheets (MSDS).Oversight, care, and maintenance of human cadavers, cadaver room, and preserved specimens.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF: Principles, practices, procedures, and equipment in the life sciences; health and safety regulations; record keeping techniques; correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary; technical aspects of Microbiology or Cell/Molecular Biology; oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy; science laboratory operation at the community college level. MUST HAVE ABILITY TO: Use computers for word processing, record-keeping, and communication; learn and apply techniques of precise measurement and notation; assure the care and security of assigned equipment, specialized materials and supplies; assemble, maintain and repair lab equipment; demonstrate competence in performing and completing laboratory tasks which require focus, attention to detail, and follow-through; possess the ability and willingness to learn laboratory skills required for prepping classes in microbiology or cell/molecular biology; issue and receive equipment and supplies; plan and organize work; train, select, evaluate, and provide work direction to student workers; understand and follow oral and written communication; establish and maintain effective working and cooperative relationships with others; meet schedules and time lines; maintain records, keep a budget and prepare reports.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination equivalent to: successful completion of two years of college biological science and two years of work experience as a Science Technician in an instructional setting.

DESIRED QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Science in Microbiology or Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Microbiology emphasis or Bachelor of Science in Cell /Molecular Biology or Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Cell/Molecular Biology emphasis and experience as an undergraduate and or graduate laboratory teaching assistant or student worker in an instructional laboratory setting.

WORKING CONDITIONS: ENVIRONMENT: Instructional lab environment. PHYSICAL ABILITIES: Lifting heavy objects; bending, dexterity of hands and fingers to operate equipment; hearing and speaking to exchange information; standing and walking for extended periods of time, seeing in order to assist with lab projects. HAZARDS: Fumes from chemicals, exposure to potentially hazardous materials.


R. 24, Step 1-6, $4,046.00-$4,922.00 per month. Initial placement for external applicants is Step 1. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.

Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the department.

As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

All application materials must be received on-line at Position open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Submit the following application materials on-line at

Letter of application (cover letter)
On-line application
Two letters of recommendation dated within the past year
Supplemental Questionnaire
Unofficial copies of college transcripts with date degree conferred

Upon offer of employment, the successful applicant must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for.

All materials included in your application packet become District property,
will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

We reserve the right to re-open, re-advertise, delay or cancel filling this position.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.