Laboratory Assistant - Biology

  • McHenry County College
  • Crystal Lake, IL 60012
  • Jul 25, 2022
Part time / Adjunct Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description


Position Requisition Information

Job Title Laboratory Assistant - Biology
Department Biology
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Job Type Staff
Position Grade 6
Employee Type Part Time
Hiring Range Commensurate with experience
Grant Funded
Work Year 12 Months
Work Year-Other Information
Typical Work Schedule
20-25 Hours - Flexible schedule to meet department needs, including mostly evening hours.
Bargaining Unit Eligibility Yes-Staff Council
Work Week Other
Work Week-Other Information 20-25 Hours
Special Instructions to Applicants
Position Information for Posting

Position Introduction
The lab assistant is an integral member of the team that supports classroom instruction by assisting with the daily operation of biology laboratory facilities and by ensuring that instructors have the tools they need to maintain clean and functional laboratories.
Position Summary
In this position you will assist with the daily operation of the biology laboratory facilities, particularly support of evening laboratory classes, and provide coverage for the Coordinator of Chemistry laboratory, when needed.  
Reports to Dean of Mathematics and Sciences
Essential 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 Coordinator of Chemistry laboratory, when needed.
- Work collaboratively with others (e.g. colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities
- Be able to follow both written and verbal instructions
- Assume additional duties as assigned by immediate supervisor
Required Education Associate's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
Other Required Qualifications
- Associates degree from a regional accredited institution
- College coursework in biological sciences and chemistry
Desired Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree from a regional accredited institution
- Work experience in a biology laboratory
Skills and Specifications
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and internet
- Ability to learn technological applications
- Ability to grow with technology and philosophical directions implemented by the College
- Organizational and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge of scientific experiments and equipment required
- Willing to learn new techniques and procedures
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to work with flammables, corrosives, strong oxidizers, poisons, and other hazardous chemicals
- Ability to safely lift 40 pounds unassisted
- Commitment and respect for diversity
- Commitment to the College mission and goals
- Ability to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and specifications of the position
*Position is subject to Blood borne Pathogen Legislation
Location Main Campus

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