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San Joaquin Delta Community College District
  • Position Number: 1238295
  • Location: Stockton, CA
  • Position Type: Science

Senior Science Laboratory Technician

Closing Date/Time: 7/6/2018
Salary: $63,900.00 - $78,552.00 annually
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Stockton, CA
Department: Agriculture Science & Math


Responsibilities and Duties

  1. Coordinate faculty requests and perform a variety of technical duties in the preparation and setup of experiments and demonstrations conducted in assigned science laboratories; independently prepare chemical solutions, bacteriological materials, cultures, plants, animals and other scientific items for use in laboratory experiments; assure that laboratories are cleaned after usage;
  2. Assist with learning simulations, tests, quizzes to students as provided by instructors in classroom or lab environments.
  3. Set up and provide technical and other assistance to student with special projects, field research trips, and classroom/laboratory presentations; may demonstrate or assist to demonstrate complicated or hazardous procedures;
  4. Set up, operate and maintain a variety of laboratory equipment and apparatus; construct special equipment and models as needed for assigned experiments.
  5. Receive, issue, store and maintain laboratory materials, chemicals, cultures, solutions, plants, animals and other items; coordinate the clean-up and removal of all surplus items; process the surplus item list and maintain related records; process records related to preserved specimen disposal; prepare and issue materials and equipment for student use; monitor and maintain records of materials and equipment on loan to instructors or students;
  6. Maintain an accurate inventory of all equipment and materials; process purchase orders for laboratory supplies; research product prices and vendors; ensure that items delivered are correct; maintain related purchasing records.
  7. Contact college faculty and staff as needed to ensure that science laboratories have an adequate stock of materials, equipment and supplies; participate in the development of procedures for various laboratory experiments.
  8. Perform a variety of administrative support duties related to the assigned budget; maintain related financial ledgers; ensure that all petty cash transactions, purchase orders, repair records, contracts, field trips, duplicating services and other transactions are accounted for.
  9. Perform minor repairs and preventative maintenance on laboratory and classroom equipment; troubleshoot equipment and identify defective equipment for repair or replacement.
  10. Ensure that all regulatory permits needed for scientific activities are current including alcohol use, animal use and cadaver permits; contact regulatory agencies to renew permits as required.
  11. Compile data for research projects; conduct cost analyses, compile expenditures and conduct related research; develop reports, process and submit information to management in a clear and concise format.
  12. Coordinate service maintenance contracts for science laboratories; prepare justifications for annual increases, research costs; process contracts and maintain accurate records.
  13. Screen all experimental protocols that use hazardous materials; maintain current inventory of protocols; maintain current inventory of all hazardous materials in the Division.
  14. Oversee the storage of all hazardous materials and the collection sites within the Division in compliance with federal, state, and county codes, and coordinate with the hazardous materials vendor to remove wastes from the Division.
  15. Monitor the activities and usage of laboratories and give directions as needed; ensure the proper techniques for safe handling of chemicals and other items are adhered to; contact laboratory supervisors as needed.
  16. Assist management to plan, establish and implement department goals and priorities.
  17. Keep current regarding technical developments and safety concerns by participating in assigned trainings, workshops or seminars.
  18. Oversee and train lower level laboratory staff and student workers.
  19. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Knowledge of:
  • Federal, state, local laws, codes and regulations for hazardous materials and scientific laboratories.
  • Operations and activities of a modern scientific laboratory in a college setting.
  • Operation of a variable condenser OLM for darkfield and phase contrast microscopy.
  • Principles, practices, theories, and terminology of the discipline(s) of the specific lab assignment such as biology, chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and digital microscopy, astronomy, geography, geology or physics.
  • Cell transformation.
  • BioPac systems including data acquisition and analysis systems for physiology.
  • Operational characteristics of standard laboratory equipment, supplies and materials including but not limited to autoclaves, industrial dishwashers, incubators, spectrophotometer, flow hoods, compound and stereo microscopes.
  • Methods and techniques of preparing chemicals and solutions.
  • Methods and techniques of handling hazardous materials.
  • Basic principles and procedures of accounting.
  • Standard office machines and equipment; MS Office software applications, Photoshop, and Filemaker.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • Principles and practices of inventory control.
Ability to:
  • Operate, maintain and clean modern laboratory equipment, supplies and materials.
  • Operate standard office machines and equipment including computers.
  • Care for and maintain specimens used for laboratory experiments.
  • Prepare various chemicals and solutions.
  • Handle various hazardous materials.
  • Ensure adherence to established laboratory rules and regulations.
  • Maintain a variety of files and records.
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of laboratory supplies.
  • Conduct research and analysis and prepare reports and records as assigned.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic, ethnic backgrounds and disabilities of community college students and staff.
  • Sit, stand or walk for prolonged periods of time; continuous exposure to hazardous substances, unpleasant smells, extreme temperatures, high pressures, and loud noises; lift up to 30 pounds.
Education and Experience Requirements
Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, microbiology or a related field.
Two (2) years of increasingly responsible technical experience involving basic research or preparation for science education experiments and demonstrations in a research, technical, or teaching laboratory preparation area with at least one year in a lead or supervisory capacity; experience working with hazardous materials preferred.
Successful completion of hazardous waste training within six months of hire.

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