Biology Laboratory Technician

California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 22, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Biology Laboratory Technician
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: 2015-1602889
Location: CA 94556, CA
Department: Dean, Science
Closing: 7/16/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Reporting to the Dean, School of Science, the technician supports both the Biology and EES programs, with most time dedicated to Biology. The technician receives direction from the chairs of the two programs and communicates directly with faculty about particular tasks. The technician is responsible for the proper functioning of Biology and EES laboratories. The technician prepares and assists primarily for lower division labs, but works with faculty to support upper division laboratories when appropriate. The technician assures that all instructional labs and research areas are well stocked and cleaned, that teaching and research labware are cleaned on a weekly basis, that instrumentation is in working order, that solutions and live specimens are properly prepared, and that hazardous waste is properly removed and disposed of. The technician supports faculty, students and other staff by facilitating communication and being available to solve problems as they arise.

  1. Biology and EES laboratory preparation: For lower division laboratories, the technician works closely with the faculty lab coordinators of each course. The technician sets up equipment and prepares solutions and materials for lab courses including, but not limited to, BIOL 1L, 2L, 11, 14, 26, and 51. Responsibilities include gathering organisms from the field; caring for live specimens, including algae, plants, microbial eukaryotes, invertebrates, and fish; and setting up equipment, including computers, water baths, incubators, spectrometers, PCR, and centrifuges. Orders lab materials and supplies, including chemicals, bacteria, and supplies such as pipets, petri dishes, and test tubes. For Biology and EES lab spaces, keeps work areas stocked and cleaned, ensures that labware is cleaned, receives and processes deliveries, processes waste materials (hazardous and nonhazardous), maintains lab equipment (e.g., microscopes, autoclave), organizes preserved specimens and chemicals, and maintains and updates the chemical inventory. Maintains inventory for EES field and laboratory supplies and equipment. Is available to assist faculty and solve unforeseen problems.
  2. Communications: the laboratory technician assists new personnel in getting acquainted with the labs and equipment and works with faculty in creating and archiving training materials for equipment. Attends Biology Department meetings. Works closely with the Chemistry Laboratory Manager and Technician and the Administrative Assistant, and interfaces with other departments on campus (e.g., physical plant). Manages the online ordering spreadsheet and electronic purchase request forms.
  3. Specialized areas: cares for experimental animals including rats, frogs, and fish, which are housed in the Brousseau animal facility and labs. Maintains plants in the labs. Collaborates with Facilities on setting priorities for maintenance of the Native Plants Garden and supervises students who perform weeding and other assigned tasks in the garden. Arranges for calibration and repair services for instrumentation (e.g., microscopes) and equipment (e.g., freezers). Maintains, stocks, and cleans common research areas such as the cell culture room, microscope room, and environmental chambers. Organizes equipment and supplies for EES fieldwork and cleans and maintains equipment both after field work and at the end of the semester. This includes laundering sleeping bags, airing out tents, and washing camp kitchen.
  4. Building: ensures proper functioning of building equipment, such as lights, ventilation, furniture, computers--contacting physical plant when appropriate. Is the contact person for anyone with building problems or needs and coordinates with the Administrative Assistant to resolve issues. Is trained as the building coordinator, including CPR, first aid, fire extinguishers, and earthquake preparedness.
  5. Must be trained for hazardous waste disposal once hired. Performs weekly walk-throughs to replace filled waste containers.
  6. Supervises and trains student workers to aid with the above tasks.
  7. Other Duties As Assigned

Experience and Qualifications

REQUIRED: Bachelors of Science in Biology or related field PREFERRED:

Experience: minimum one year of lab experience

Skills/Abilities: Ability to communicate with faculty, staff, students, and others from diverse backgrounds; ability to work from written and verbal instructions; excellent organizational and time management skills; computer skills sufficient for researching products or techniques, maintaining inventories, and communicating with other college personnel; excellent large and small motor skills; mechanical aptitude; and an understanding of Biology. Knowledge and training in handling hazardous waste.

Licenses & Certifications: REQUIRED: haz mat PREFERRED: cpr, first aid

Other Requirements: May need lab support until 7:00pm.

Supplemental Information
Supplemental Information Application Instructions: Please apply online at Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College, in addition to;

  • A resume.
  • The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.
  • In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.

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