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Biology Teaching Laboratory Support Technician

University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, US
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Sep 27, 2021

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Biology Teaching Laboratory Support Technician

Santa Cruz
Job ID: 23966

UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all faculty, staff, academic appointees, and students accessing facilities at any UC campus this fall. Employees and students can submit proof of vaccination online or request an exemption.

UCSC Statement
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

Initial Review Date (IRD)
UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

The Initial Review Date (IRD) for this job is: 10-04-2021

Dept Marketing Statement
Under supervision, and as part of the Biology Teaching Laboratories (BTL) instructional support team, the incumbent will provide technical and logistical support to laboratory course offerings in the Biological Sciences by preparing and organizing materials and equipment, analyzing and testing experimental protocols, and maintaining order and cleanliness in the BTL. This position supports laboratory and field courses offered by the Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Department, the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, and the Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department.

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Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary Information: $26.40/hour. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is eligible for Full benefits

Schedule Information:
Full-time, Fixed
Percentage of Time: 100%
Average Hours Per Week: 40
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri. Occasional early mornings, evenings and weekends.
Shift Includes: Day.

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz main campus

Union Representation: Yes - RX Union

Job Code Classification: 009617 (SRA 2 NEX)

Job Duties
55% - Laboratory course preparation and organization of materials and equipment for laboratory and field courses in the Biological Sciences.
  • Prepare laboratory materials, set up instruments and provide field equipment in a timely, safe and economical fashion.
  • Safely prepare chemical reagents and culture media in appropriate amounts.
  • Test effectiveness of reagents and media as needed.
  • Keep written records of work in laboratory notebooks, word processing, spreadsheet and database files.
  • Clean and store equipment and materials following exercises.
  • Maintain order, cleanliness and safety in the BTL.
  • Coordinate use of equipment by different classes.
  • Negotiate short-term loans of equipment or supplies from research labs or other campus units as needed.
  • Place orders for equipment, chemicals, and supplies from external vendors, as expeditiously as possible.
  • Test, calibrate, and perform minor repairs to lab instrumentation.
  • Provide written and oral instructions on proper equipment use to colleagues, instructors, TAs and students.
  • Act as a resource when questions concerning equipment use or experimental protocols arise during laboratory or field courses.
  • Clean or direct students to clean lab benches, glassware and other equipment.
  • Transport equipment and supplies between the main campus and the Coastal Sciences Campus.
  • Implement correct record keeping procedures to maintain departmental inventories and storage records.
  • Maintain teaching collections of living organisms including bacteria, yeasts, fruit flies, plants and other experimental cultures.
  • Determine and plan maintenance schedules.
  • Prepare culture media and perform transfers.
  • Collect organisms in the field when necessary.

20% - Analysis and testing of experimental protocols for course-specific exercises in the Biological Sciences.
  • Determine the equipment, reagents, media and supplies needed by laboratory and field courses on a daily, weekly, and quarterly basis by critical reading and analysis of written laboratory protocols and through consultation with instructors and TAs.
  • Test experimental protocols provided by instructors and suggest modifications as necessary.

20% - Hazardous materials handling and disposal.
  • Coordinate the efficient and safe use of hazardous chemicals and biohazardous materials as required by UCSC Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Notify students and instructors of any hazards in the lab, appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and required safety precautions.
  • Implement appropriate procedures for monitoring and decontamination of equipment and laboratories.
  • Implement required procedures for disposal of chemical and biohazard waste.

5% - Supervision of work-study student assistants.
  • Train students in correct laboratory procedures and safety measures.
  • Assign tasks on a daily basis.
  • Participate in the recruitment and evaluation of work-study student assistants.

Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge of the general principles of biology, chemistry and physics as attained through coursework leading to a bachelor's or master's degree in biology, chemistry or related disciplines, and a more specialized knowledge of the principles of modern laboratory and field biology.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in laboratory skills including accurate weighing and mixing of chemicals and media, pH adjustment, sterilization, dispensing, sterile transfer, sterile techniques, dilutions, molarities and ancillary calculations.
  • Experience maintaining, troubleshooting and performing routine repairs of laboratory equipment such as balances, pH meters, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettors, spectrophotometers, and electrophoresis units, and a theoretical and practical knowledge of modern laboratory instrumentation.
  • Experience and analytical skills sufficient to plan, organize, and prioritize tasks to meet strict deadlines.
  • Experience writing test protocols and performing basic experimental lab procedures to complete diagnostic analyses of reagents and media.
  • Demonstrated ability to critically read and comprehend technical literature.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of faculty, staff and students and engage them in productive dialog regarding technical issues.
  • Experience working cooperatively as part of a team.
  • Experience training, supervising or evaluating the work of students or laboratory assistants.
  • Experience safely handling toxic chemicals and biohazards.
  • Experience procuring materials based on cost and serviceability and the analytical skills to determine whether an alternate product choice is adequate for course related exercises.
  • Experience handling and maintaining living organisms such as bacteria, yeast, plants, and invertebrates.
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly, accurately, and independently in a fast-paced environment and focus on tasks despite frequent interruptions.
  • Knowledge and experience with information technology including word processing, spreadsheets and database programs.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree, Master's degree or equivalent in Biology or Chemistry with coursework in biochemistry, microbiology, molecular or cell biology.
  • Experience as a laboratory technician where duties included direct responsibility for preparing laboratory experiments for college level courses in molecular biology or biochemistry.
  • Experience using hand tools, small power tools and test equipment.

Special Conditions
  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.
  • Ability to work in a laboratory environment in the presence of or directly handling (with appropriate PPE) biological materials, hazardous chemicals, biohazards, fumes, heat sources and glassware.
  • Work requires bending, reaching and the ability to move laboratory or field equipment weighing up to 40 lbs, with or without accommodation.
  • Work involves the risk of exposure to fire, chemical reactions or electrical shock.
  • Ability to occasionally work a flexible schedule, including early mornings, evenings and weekends.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.

Safety Statement
All UCSC employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.

How to Apply
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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