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Technical Specialist

Anne Arundel Community College, Biology

Job Title: Technical Specialist
Job Location: Arnold , MD
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Sciences and technology: other
Biology/biotechnology/life sciences
Date Posted: 2017-08-07

Job Description

Technical Specialist
Anne Arundel Community College

Position Summary:

With learning as its central mission, Anne Arundel Community College has responded to the needs of a diverse community for more than 50 years by offering high quality, affordable and accessible learning opportunities. Established in 1961, AACC is a fully-accredited, public two-year institution that offers national and regional studies that can lead to a degree or certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution, or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning.

The Biology Technical Specialist provides support to Biology teaching labs. Responsible for the general operation, preparation, and maintenance of designated Biology laboratory courses on the Arnold campus. Maintains supplies, equipment, and lab instrumentation; prepares reagents; maintains the physical environment of the labs; and ensures compliance with established safety practices and hazardous waste procedures. Contributes to the AACC/Biology Environmental Center as needed. Other duties as assigned by Department Chair and Laboratory Manager.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Prepare laboratory experiments for assigned courses, setting out all relevant slides, models, apparatus, and audio-visual supplements. Accurately prepare required solutions, reagents, unknowns, and media following detailed preparation manuals. Assemble required demonstrations. Assist other technical specialists in preparing and setting out materials for other Biology laboratories as requested.

Maintain laboratory exercises and demonstrations across multiple sections. Resolve technical problems that are encountered during the execution of laboratory exercises. Perform laboratory experiments when necessary to assure reproducible student results, and make adjustments to improve techniques or results. Test new laboratory exercise protocols. Create new preparation procedures and update preparation manuals as required.

Monitor and maintain inventory of all required chemicals, equipment, slides, and supplies for identified courses. Generate purchase order requisitions and procurement card purchases as necessary . Develop and follow purchasing timeline for living organisms and perishable items based on course syllabi. Make local supply purchases when necessary. Contact vendors for competitive quotes for equipment.

Organize laboratories, classrooms, prep rooms, stock rooms and the Science tutoring center and maintain in a neat and orderly manner at all times. Assure that all appropriate materials are available to faculty and students to support laboratory experiments. Perform minor maintenance and repairs on equipment as needed. Advise laboratory manager of replacement needs. Generate work requests to address building maintenance needs.

Provide general assistance to faculty and students as required. Assist with course-related software. Provide support to instructors in the use of computers, microscope cameras, and audio-visual equipment in the laboratories. Direct work/study and/or temporary employees on the Arnold campus.

Follow and promote established safety procedures by maintaining a safe work environment, performing weekly safety checks, and adhering to appropriate hazardous and infectious waste collection procedures. Maintain safety equipment; assure safe storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials. Create work orders to address safety issues.

Support of Student Engagement

Assist with the coordination and supervision of student volunteers, service learning students, interns and student workers on biology and Environmental Center related projects.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

The work requires moderate physical exertion with long periods of standing, repetitively lifting lightweight objects with frequent bending or stooping. Work also involves the recurring lifting of moderately heavy items (under 50 pounds). Occasionally the work may include lifting heavy items (over 50 pounds). Job requires average agility and dexterity.

Employee is regularly exposed to unfavorable environments such as weather, bodily fluids, toxic laboratory and industrial chemicals, or confined, dirty and noisy locations. In the performance of their duties, employees may be required to use personal protective equipment such as face masks, goggles, boots, gloves or eye shields.

Minimum Level of Experience Required: Two to five years of relevant experience

Minimum Level of Education Required: A Bachelor's degree

Other Minimum Requirements:

  • Proficiency in use of PC-based computers required and Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work a flexible 40-hour weekly schedule to accomodate the needs of the laboratory schedule.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of testing materials.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision with attention to details and deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively and tactfully with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Biology preferred.

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Anne Arundel Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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