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Laboratory Technician (Chemistry)

Company: Santa Barbara City College
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Job Description:



Basic Functions
Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, plan, organize, coordinate and prepare laboratory demonstrations, exercises and related instructional materials; perform a variety of specialized, complex and independent activities involved in the preparation, set-up and clean-up of supplies and equipment for laboratory demonstrations and activities in chemistry, biology, physics and engineering, media arts or other assigned subject area.
Representative Duties
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Plan, organize, prepare and oversee laboratory demonstrations, exercises and related instructional materials; coordinate, schedule and adjust laboratory activities to meet instructional needs of assigned subject area and enhance educational effectiveness; confer with faculty and review and analyze lesson plans, curriculum, experiments, theories, demonstrations, manuals, exercises and instructional materials to determine laboratory equipment, supply and instructional material needs.

Perform a variety of specialized, complex and independent activities involved in the preparation, setup and clean-up of supplies and equipment for laboratory demonstrations and activities in chemistry, biology, physics and engineering, media arts or other assigned subject area; calibrate, modify, maintain and repair complex laboratory equipment as required; restock lab supplies.

Research, compile, arrange and assemble laboratory materials and equipment; design, develop, analyze and implement laboratory demonstration, exercise, preparation and set-up procedures; investigate and resolve issues and malfunctions related to laboratory demonstrations and other instructional activities; assure smooth, efficient and educationally effective laboratory activities.

Supervise the performance of assigned student workers as required; interview and select student assistants and recommend salary increases, promotions, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions; participate in recruitment and screening activities; monitor student progress; develop schedules, assign duties and review work for compliance with established standards and procedures.

Monitor inventory levels of laboratory supplies and equipment as assigned by the position; order, receive, store and maintain adequate inventory levels of supplies and equipment; initiate, prepare and process purchase requisitions; estimate required inventory levels; estimate and account for related costs; conduct inventories; issue and collect materials and equipment as required.

Plan, organize and lay out lab supplies and equipment for use in laboratories, classrooms other environment; test demonstrations and exercises to assure proper functioning; provide technical assistance to faculty and students in the use of laboratory supplies and equipment; explain related instructional and laboratory principles, theories, practices, procedures and techniques as needed.

Coordinate, monitor, develop and maintain budgets for laboratory activities in accordance with prescribed guidelines as assigned by the position; review and evaluate related financial and budgetary data; control and authorize expenditure in accordance with established limitations; assist in the development of budget requests.

Assure the health and safety of students, staff and faculty by researching, implementing and
following health and safety practices and procedures; maintain laboratory and other assigned facilities in a safe, secure, orderly and clean manner; clean and disassemble supplies and equipment as needed.

Prepare and maintain various records and reports related to laboratory demonstrations, preparation, experiments, student assistants, supplies, equipment, inventory, budgets, purchases and assigned duties; compose preparation lists as required; produce instructional media as needed.

Develop, implement and conduct training activities to assure student assistant understanding of laboratory standards, requirements, supplies, equipment, principles, theories, practices and procedures.

Answer student questions and explain related laboratory instructional materials.
Communicate with College personnel, faculty and various outside agencies to exchange information and resolve issues or concerns.

Operate a variety of standard office equipment including a computer and assigned software; set up and operate audio-visual equipment as assigned; arrange for maintenance and repairs of laboratory equipment and facilities as needed; provide input concerning facility renovations as requested.

Maintain current knowledge of laboratory and subject matter terminology, techniques, equipment, materials, principles, theories, practices and procedures.

Attend and participate in various meetings, committees, workshops and training session as assigned.

OTHER DUTIES:
Perform related duties as assigned.


CHEMISTRY OPTION:
Coordinate activities to meet laboratory and related instructional needs in chemistry; apply a variety of complex chemistry principles, theories and disciplines in the development, analysis and adjustment of chemistry laboratory demonstrations, experiments and instructional materials to meet student needs; analyze and recommend modifications to experiments and procedures.

Assemble, measure, mix, dilute, standardize and dispense various chemicals, reagents, solutions, unknowns, indicators and other assigned special scientific supplies used in demonstrations and experiments; maintain records of laboratory preparations; clean, dry and restock glassware.

Prepare, set up, operate, calibrate, maintain and repair a variety of specialized equipment and glassware related to chemistry such as pH meters, balances, multimeters, visible and infrared spectrophotometers, centrifuges, spectroscopes, magnetic stirrers, hot plates, refractometers, fume hoods, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and electrolysis apparatus; perform related maintenance and repairs as needed.

Maintain current knowledge of safety and hazardous materials issues and regulations; oversee and participate in the storage, use and disposal of hazardous materials; assure laboratory and hazardous material-related activities comply with established environmental health and safety laws and regulations; develop, maintain and utilize hazardous material methods and procedures for safe collection and handling, storage, labeling and disposal; maintain departmental MSDSs; prepare related records and reports; inspect eyewashes and safety showers to assure proper operation.

Maintain and organize stock and prep rooms for chemistry laboratories; track student locker
assignments; assess charges for lost, broken or damaged equipment and maintain related records; restock lockers and supply rooms as needed; prepare, stock and organize student lab drawers as needed; prepare, issue and receive materials and specialized equipment for student use in laboratory experiments.


Education and Experience
Any combination equivalent to: bachelor's degree in subject of assigned laboratory or instructional area and two years laboratory technician or related instructional experience.

Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of Community College Students.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:Ability to work cooperatively with others as part of the team.Ability to be supportive and respectively of staff, faculty, and students.Willingness to adapt to chemical and instructional procedures and approaches of individual instructors.Supervisorial skills needed to supervise and train student workers.Organizational and record keeping skills needed for ordering, stocking and inventorying supplies and chemicals.Willingness to prepare materials and supplies needed for instructional labs well in advance.Familiarity with material safety data sheets (MSDS) and hazardous material handling, as applicable toundergraduate instructional environments.Successful completion of at least two undergraduate college chemistry courses or equivalent.WORKING HOURS:Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours may vary, 12 months per year, plus fringe benefits; 6 month probation period. All work schedules and work assignments are subject to change based on the needs of the college. SALARY INFORMATION:The current salary schedule range for the Laboratory Technician (Chemistry) is Salary Table 29, Range 31, $58,616-$66,325. Nine step salary range continues to a maximum of $71,427. Initial salary placement based on experience with annual advancement to the next higher step.

Knowledge and Abilities
KNOWLEDGE OF:
Planning, organization, coordination and preparation of laboratory demonstrations, exercises and related instructional materials.
Technical practices, procedures and techniques involved in the preparation, set-up and clean-up of supplies and equipment used in laboratory demonstrations and activities in assigned subject area.
Advanced laboratory and subject matter terminology, techniques, equipment, materials, principles, theories, practices and procedures related to assigned subject area.
Set up, operation, calibration, maintenance and repair of various laboratory instruments, tools and equipment related to assigned subject area.
Inventory practices, procedures and techniques.
Appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
Operation of a computer and assigned software.
Principles and practices of supervision and training.
Oral and written communication skills.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Record-keeping and report preparation techniques.
Budget preparation and control.

ABILITY TO:
Plan, organize, coordinate and prepare laboratory demonstrations, exercises and related instructional materials.
Perform a variety of specialized, complex and independent activities involved in the preparation, setup and clean-up of supplies and equipment for laboratory demonstrations and activities in chemistry, biology, physics and engineering, art, music, media arts or other assigned subject area.
Review and analyze lesson plans, curriculum, experiments, theories, demonstrations, manuals, exercises and instructional materials to determine laboratory and instructional material needs.
Calibrate, modify, maintain and repair complex laboratory equipment as required.
Interpret, apply and explain laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
Train and supervise the performance of assigned student workers as required.
Order, receive and maintain adequate inventory levels of supplies and equipment.
Research, compile, arrange and assemble laboratory materials and equipment.
Assist faculty, staff and students in the use of laboratory supplies and equipment.
Observe health and safety regulations and procedures.
Explain instructional and laboratory principles, theories, practices, procedures and techniques.
Assure smooth, efficient and educationally effective laboratory activities.
Meet schedules and time lines.
Work independently with little direction.
Maintain records and prepare reports.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with students.
Operate a variety of standard office equipment including a computer and assigned software.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS: (The following required documents must be submitted electronically via the online application system.)Online District Application form at Within the online application is a required supplemental question on diversity. The committee will be reviewing your answer as part of the screening process. Please take your time and answer the question thoroughly. Letters of reference are not required for this recruitment. Please do not submit reference letters within your online application. Within the online application, there is a required section to list five references. These references will be contacted if you are selected as a finalist for the position. These references should be able to critically assess your work qualifications and job performance Additional Instructions:
If you experience technical difficulties attaching any of your documents electronically, please contact Human Resources for instructions. If you do not have a scanner, there are commercial facilities available to assist you with this process. All required documents must be submitted with your electronic application by the application deadline or your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered. Application Procedure:
To be considered for this position, a complete online application including all required application documents (listed above) must be submitted via by the application deadline (please see instructions to applicants). It is important that the online District Application form (Item #1) be complete and specific to fully indicate the education, experien

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