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General Biology Lab Assistant


This position will assist the General Biology Lab Coordinator with all aspects of the efficient operation of General Biology laboratories.


Laboratory Preparation & Breakdown:
  • Working cooperatively with General Biology Lab Coordinator, the General Biology Lab Assistant assists in setting up and breaking down general biology laboratories.

  • Assists in the preparation of all laboratory materials for General Biology I and II labs.

  • Manages proper growth conditions for successful completion of laboratory exercises involving live specimens.

  • Keeps teaching laboratories fully stocked and functional.

  • Tests laboratory media and materials to assure laboratory exercises will function properly.

  • Stores and works with laboratory materials, both chemical and biological, in accordance with safe laboratory practices.

  • Cleans laboratory benches and supplies between laboratory sections and upon completion of labs each week.

Laboratory Coordination:
  • Identifies, troubleshoots, and communicates present and potential problems concerning laboratory preparations or the student use of laboratories to the General Biology Lab Coordinator.

  • Recommends updates and improvements for General Biology Laboratories and collaborates effectively with instructors and the General Biology Lab Coordinator to modify or create new laboratory exercises.

  • Instructs part-time lab instructors on proper execution of laboratory exercises and/or techniques.

  • Attends monthly AHEC Environmental Health and Safety meetings and adheres to safety guidelines.

  • Assists in maintaining chemical inventory and tracking database of all purchased chemicals in accordance with AHEC guidelines.

  • Trains laboratory instructors and lab personnel in proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials and laboratory safety procedures.

Laboratory Teaching:
  • Teaches at least one General Biology I or II Laboratory section per

semester (fall and spring). This includes all aspects of laboratory

instruction, including pre-lab lectures, laboratory set-up and

demonstrations, preparation, and grading of lab practical exams,

writing and grading quizzes, and assignment of final course grades

by established university deadlines.
  • Teaches additional lab sections as needed on an emergency basis to cover for instructors who are out with illness or an emergency.

Train Student Lab Assistants:
  • Under the direction of the General Biology Lab Coordinator assist in the training of student lab assistants to prepare media, reagents, and lab supplies; set-up and breakdown lab materials; clean lab benches, glassware, equipment, etc.; proper use of laboratory equipment; laboratory safety and proper handling of bio-hazardous and chemical waste.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Biology or closely related field.

  • General Biology lab experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Broad training in biology including cell/molecular biology, evolution, botany, zoology, and ecology.

  • Previous successful teaching experience in General Biology I and II or in specialized courses whose content is included in General

  • Biology (cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, evolution, zoology, botany, ecology).

  • Experience with laboratory preparation and breakdown.

  • Experience with laboratory coordination.

  • Experience providing training in general laboratory practices.

Upload all materials into the resume submission field; multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents may not receive full consideration.

Other Duties as Assigned

Work Hours: Work schedule may include days, evenings, and weekends. This position is 100% on campus.

Salary for Announcement
The salary range for this position is $41,200 - $51,500. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, training, and qualifications.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, 10%

employer match to the retirement plan, tuition benefit, RTD pass, and more. For a brief overview of these options, please visit our Benefits section.
Work Hours/Type Subject to negotiation and approval.

Instructions to Apply

All applications must be submitted through the university's online application system, and search for JR101343. The position will be posted until filled.

Upload all materials into the resume submission field; multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents may not receive full consideration.

Please provide:
  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Names and contact information for three professional references (at least one reference provided must be a supervisor, either current or former).

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.


Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeAmy Hamik

Posting Representative


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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