Laboratory Technician II

  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Pomona, CA, USA
  • Dec 27, 2023
Full time Other Administrative Positions

Job Description

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Laboratory Technician II

Posting Number: S01051
Position Status: Full time
Campus: Western University Campus-Pomona, CA
Department: 1431-Dept. of Translational Research

Function: Research
Family: Laboratory
Classification Series Title: Technician

Classification Pay Scale
In compliance with SB 1162, Western University of Health Sciences is providing a pay scale for this position. The pay scale reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for this position. Within this range, the individual pay is determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, and work location. Please note that the compensation details listed reflects the base salary only.

Full Salary Range
Minimum: $17.00
Maximum $30.19

Expected Pay Scale
Minimum: $17.00
Maximum: $25.19

Job Summary
This position provides technical lab support to faculty and students in cellular and molecular biology and immunology research laboratory in the Department of Translational Research by performing a variety of routine and moderately complex laboratory and research-related responsibilities. The Laboratory Technician II works independently, reporting directly to the assigned faculty. Cellular and Molecular biology experiments include, but are not limited to, Cell isolation and culture, Western blotting, qPCR, histopathology including cutting thin sections, Immunohistochemistry and Immunofluorescence, and flow cytometry analysis.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions can be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
• Knowledge of and ability in cell isolation and culture, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and other routine cellular and molecular biology techniques.
• Conducts research experiments using modern laboratory equipment in the general area of cell and molecular biology in accordance with laboratory and safety protocols. Collects laboratory measurements and data.
• Computes results for a variety of research procedures, tests and techniques.
• Maintains accurate records of procedures used to conduct experiments.
• Uses laboratory/computer equipment to conduct analyses of experiment data. Provides routine interpretations of analyses.
• Maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment. Performs or arranges for basic repairs. May alter equipment to meet experiment requirements. Makes recommendations for equipment acquisitions
• Maintains and organizes laboratory supplies. Monitors inventory levels and orders or secures supplies as needed.
• Maintains research facility in orderly, operable condition. Maintains security and safety of equipment, samples, specimen and data.
• Prepares chemical solutions for experimental use.
• Knowledge of appropriate/applicable lab safety standards with proper handling and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous materials in accordance with safety protocols.
• Ability to work independently after initial training and cooperatively with excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
• Proficiency with computer software, preferably Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point and ImageJ software.
• Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Required Qualifications
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, or related field. A combination of undergraduate coursework and related experience may be considered.
Experience: One to two-year experience with working knowledge of laboratory equipment and research protocols in cell culture and laboratory techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, histology, immunostaining), and familiarity with laboratory safety and proper storage of various types of reagents and chemicals are highly desirable. Knowledge of computer analysis techniques and ability to provide routine analysis and interpretation of research data.

Currently:Education: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, or related field. A combination of undergraduate coursework and related experience may be considered.
Experience: One to two-year experience with working knowledge of laboratory equipment and research protocols in cell culture and laboratory techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, histology, immunostaining), and familiarity with laboratory safety and proper storage of various types of reagents and chemicals are highly desirable. Knowledge of computer analysis techniques and ability to provide routine analysis and interpretation of research data.
Preferred Qualifications |

Preferred Qualifications


Posting Date: 02/15/2022
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants


Essential Job Duties

Essential Job Duties



Job Duties

• Conducts experiments using current methods in cell and molecular biology; assists faculty in developing and evaluating methods, procedures and techniques used in experiments. 
• Prepares chemical reagents and solutions. 
• Ensures the safe storage of biological and chemical materials. 
• Sterilizes equipment, plastic ware, and chemical reagents. 




Percentage Of Time
25

Job Duties

• Monitors inventories of expendable supplies (e.g., antibodies, chemicals, reagents, plastic ware, glassware) and advises research faculty or staff of reordering needs. May be responsible for ordering materials in consultation with research faculty and other staff. 
• Assists research faculty with supervising and training research Health Science students in laboratory methods and procedures in the Department of Translational Research 




Percentage Of Time
25

Job Duties

• Responsible for data entry, retrieval, and analysis on various Mac-type computers. 
• Documents experimental work in clear and detailed laboratory notebook record. 
• Assists in the proper collection and disposal of waste materials according to regulations and department policy. 




Percentage Of Time
25

Job Duties

• Participates in and contributes to a safe environment by keeping current with safety regulations, checking and maintaining equipment, orienting research students to the proper use of materials and equipment, and overseeing compliance with regulations. 
• Performs research as needed. 
• Performs other related duties as required. 


Percentage Of Time
25

Describe Work Environment
Duties are routinely performed in a typical laboratory setting. While performing duties in this setting the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold (non-weather), and risk of electric shock.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To apply, visit https://jobs.westernu.edu/postings/25726






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