ACADEMIC ASSOCIATE - Science Laboratories

Connecticut, United States
$57,604.00 - $57,604.00
Mar 09, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Posted: March 5, 2021
Level: Community College Professional 16, 12-month, tenure track position
Hours: Full-time 35 hours per week
Job Posting #: HCC 21-03
Closing Date: Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm (EST) on Monday, April 5, 2021.


Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Currently this position is both on-ground and online as we continue to face the challenges of COVID, in the future, without COVID concerns, the schedule will be on ground


Summer 2021



The Community College system offers two-year liberal arts degree programs as well as occupational and technical programs for a population with a wide range of academic and experiential preparation. In order to provide an instructional environment conducive to successful learning experiences for this wide array of students, the Colleges provide the support and help of the Academic Associate. The Academic Associate is responsible for the independent scheduling, set up and maintenance of labs as well as assisting faculty with laboratory instruction to students in the use of lab equipment and in carrying out lab assignments at a Community College. Incumbents provide this support in a specific learning unit or center such as science, technology, and office administration. Community College Professionals and Faculty are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.)



Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, cell and molecular biology or a closely allied field and one (1) or more years of professional laboratory experience in the proper preparation of reagents, use of biologicals, use of basic laboratory instruments (balances, spectrophotometers, autoclaves, electrophoresis apparatus), and compliance with OSHA, EPA, State and local safety and hazard wastes regulations.

The successful candidate must have experience, knowledge, and abilities in the following:

  • Understanding of principles and concepts of chemistry and biology.
  • Advanced understanding of laboratory equipment uses and basic maintenance including set up and safety procedures.
  • Skill in tutoring and basic instruction in the assigned chemistry and biology.



Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.



Must be able to lift 40 pounds and be able to climb and descend a step ladder while carrying anatomical models and storage glassware.



  • Working knowledge of chemical hygiene plans.
  • One (1) or more years’ experience supervising lab assistants, tutors and student workers.
  • Practical and academic knowledge of gas chromatography and infrared spectroscopy.
  • Two (2) years of professional lab experience.
  • Experience in preparing and developing college biology or chemistry laboratory exercises.
  • Developing and implementing biological and chemical hygiene plans.
  • Hazard communications and conducting in-service laboratory training.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA and EPA regulations relating to academic laboratories.
  • Certification in laboratory safety compliance and hazardous wastes management.



Under the supervision of an Academic Division Director or Chair, The Academic Associate provides assistance to faculty and students by, setting up, maintaining, and operating academic labs in accordance with applicable safety regulations, policies and procedures; coordinating the lab schedules; maintaining all lab inventory; preparing reagents, media, cultures, slides and appropriate testing to ensure readiness for class use; adhering to and ensuring safety standards in all areas of the lab, including and not limited to, setup, operation, cleaning, maintenance, storage and disposal of lab supplies and equipment; assisting with the hiring, training and supervision of lab assistants, tutors, and student workers; providing instruction and guidance to students in their use of assigned labs, if needed, and provide information to faculty; meeting with safety environment consultants as needed; and providing health and safety reports in a timely manner.

In addition to the accountabilities listed above, the incumbent is required to carry out the essential duties of: Attendance and participation at convocation and commencement ceremonies; Service on assigned committees and task forces; Attendance and participation at committee, staff, informational and professional meetings. These may involve attendance at evening or weekend events.

This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full specifications stated in the job description.



$57,604 approximate annual plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits.



To Apply you must submit a cover letter and resume via the HCC Careers Portal at 

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination
CSCU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nicholas D'Agostino Manager of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion