Science Lab Technician, Biological Sciences

Job Vacancy Announcement

Position Information

Position Title

Science Lab Technician, Biological Sciences

Position Type



Natural Sciences



Union/Non Union


Full Time or Part Time

Part Time



Salary Range

Hiring Salary Range


Fixed Term/Tenure Track (Faculty Only)

Regular or Temporary


Job Description Summary

Responsible for all phases of laboratory preparations including preparing and organizing equipment, materials and supplies for the Biological Sciences laboratories. Prepares laboratory materials, supplies, and equipment in advance of need and supports the science laboratory courses as directed. Maintains living specimens, tracks inventory, follows all safety protocols and completes other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Three to four years of related experience, or a combination of relevant higher education and experience to include (15) credit hours of college level course work in science, with an emphasis in biological and microbiological science courses.
  • A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.
  • Ability to demonstrate proper laboratory safety techniques and ensuring that good laboratory practices are being followed.
  • Ability to communicate orally and verbally
  • Knowledge of biological, chemical, and physical hazards and their control
  • Ability to operate computer using various software packages
  • Ability to safely operate scientific equipment instrumentation
  • Knowledge of solution mechanics
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work harmoniously and effectively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Proven interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and customer service skills;
  • Primary/secondary diagnostic, troubleshooting, calibration/repair of scientific equipment
  • Knowledge of proper handling of living and preserved specimen
  • Ability to operate microscopes, fixed/variable pipettors/micropipettors

CRITERIA : The following criteria, which are not the sole criteria used in the final hiring decision, will be used to review the applications of those persons who meet the stated minimum qualifications and to select those qualified applicants who will be interviewed. Other information and observations made during the interview process may be considered in the selection process. A Resume/CV and cover letter are required with the application. Please ensure that your documents address the criteria listed below for this position

These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
  • Prepares, organizes and sets up laboratory materials, supplies and equipment in accordance with the laboratory schedule and syllabi.
  • Maintains microorganisms and other living specimens as required.
  • Prepares sterile media, reagents, stains, chemicals, standards, etc., in accordance with the protocols in the laboratory preparation manuals.
  • Assists with the training and development of work assignments for federal work study students, research students, and student volunteers.
  • Operates laboratory equipment: microscopes, analytical balances, sterilizers, computers, etc. According to the protocols in the operation manuals.
  • Organizes and restocks the science laboratories prior to each class session.
  • Assists with updating and maintaining the inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies in the department inventory database.
  • Disposes of all chemical and bio-hazardous waste properly and follows all laboratory safety protocols.
  • Communicates regularly with the supervisor, staff, and instructors to ensure laboratory experiments are proceeding according to the syllabus.
  • Observes the college’s policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
Job Requirements

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine. No significant climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and repetitive motions.
  • Able to lift, bend, and stoop.
  • Must be able to work the following schedule: Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM-6:30 PM Work schedule is subject to change based on department needs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written standard English.
  • As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
  • A background investigation will be conducted prior to the offer of employment. A signed authorization for the release of personal information will be required if selected for an interview.
Is Background Check Required?


Is the incumbent responsible for working with minor children or directly engaging with minor children on campus?


Posting Detail Information

Posting Number


Open Date


Close Date

Open Until Filled


Background Check Statement

Prince George’s Community College is committed to providing a safe campus community. PGCC conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, education verification, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check

Special Instructions to Applicants

Effective August 8, 2022, Prince George’s Community College’s current vaccine mandate will expire for students, faculty, and staff. Select exceptions may apply. Face coverings will be voluntary campus-wide, including in classrooms and instructional spaces. Although the College will no longer require new employees and students to be vaccinated as a condition of employment or instruction based on current public health conditions, COVID -19 vaccines and boosters are strongly recommended.

Application Status ; you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application, upon which time no further communication occurs unless selected for an interview or the position is filled. If recommended for hire, communication is immediately sent to your references listed on your application. Also, you will receive an email notification from HireRight requesting you to submit authorization to complete a background investigation
Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Which of the following best describes your level of completed education? (Education details must be included in your application.)
    • Master's Degree or above from an accredited college/university
    • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college/university
    • Associate's Degree from an accredited college/university
    • One to two years of college credit (30 credit hours is equivalent to one year)
    • Less than 30 credits from an accredited college/university
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • None of the above
  2. * Do you have at least three years of related experience? See minimum qualifications for this position. A combination of relevant higher education and experience may be substituted.
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Please be advised that as required by the 1986 Immigration Act, candidates must be prepared to present acceptable documentation showing identity and that you are a U.S. Citizen or an alien who is authorized to work. It is the college's policy that PGCC does not provide sponsorship for prospective employees. Will you require sponsorship to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • HERC
    • HigherEd Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Personal Referral
    • PGCC Website
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook)
    • The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    • The Washington Post
    • Other: Please indicate below
    • Educause
  5. How did you hear about this employment opportunity? If you selected 'Other' please indicate source:

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
  5. Certifications - See Minimum Qualifications for type
  6. Other

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert

Similar jobs