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Science Laboratory Technician (Biological Sciences) - Laney

Peralta Community College District
Oakland, California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 20, 2024

College Information

Peralta/College Information


Laney College, in the heart of vibrant, multicultural downtown Oakland, features the cosmopolitan atmosphere and human energy of a big-city university. Laney is adjacent to the Oakland Museum of California, blocks from historic Chinatown and a pleasant stroll from Lake Merritt.

Since 1948, Laney has provided educational opportunities to students throughout the East Bay and beyond. Serving approximately 14,000 students each semester, Laney reflects the incredible diversity of the community that surrounds it and provides opportunities to traditionally underserved populations. Dozens of languages are spoken on Laney’s campus each day.

The school boasts a proven track record of success with exceptional educational programs. The college was given full accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges ( ACCJC ) in summer 2009 – a distinction awarded to only five community colleges out of the 27 reviewed that year. In addition, Laney ranks among the top community colleges in California in transferring students to U.C. Berkeley.

Position Information

Job Title
Science Laboratory Technician (Biological Sciences) - Laney

Time Base
40 hours/wk. 12-months/year

Salary Range: $4,285.91 - $5,431.45/mo. Hiring Range: $4,285.91 - $4,715.92 /Mo - The maximum initial placement is Step 3 depending on experience

Position Type

Applied Technology Department (553)



Job Description Summary

Under general supervision, performs technical work in a college laboratory setting, including ordering, receiving, stocking, maintaining, and issuing laboratory supplies and equipment. Performs related work as required.

Duties & Responsibilities

Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

• Prepares labs for biology classes

• Cleans laboratory glassware

• Receives and inventories stocks.

• Maintains adequate supplies.

• Maintains order in the stockroom.

• Maintains safety standards in the stockroom.

• Assists in providing safe laboratories and classrooms.

• Follows procedures regarding storage and use of department’s equipment

• Cleans laboratory equipment.

• Maintains live specimens when appropriate.

• May supervise student laboratory assistants.

• Performs minor repairs, contacts repairmen or returns damaged materials to companies for repair.

• Assists in setting up and taking down lab practical examinations.

• May assist in ordering materials for biology labs

• Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 12 semester units of biology or biologically related sciences from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of training, education, and qualifying experience which demonstrates the skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties for this position. (Must submit a copy of college transcripts with application.)

2. Two (2) plus years experience working in a laboratory.

3. Experience keeping accurate records and maintaining inventory control.

4. Experience using standard laboratory equipment: autoclave, pH meters, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, incubators, pipet aids, scales, or magnetic stirrers.

5. Applicant must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students.

Desirable Qualifications

• Demonstrated knowledge of terminology, practices, procedures, and safety precautions related to college-level biology labs including those using human cadavers.

• Demonstrated ability to follow directions precisely for the preparation of materials.

• Demonstrated ability to keep accurate records and maintain inventory control.

• Demonstrated ability to independently organize and orchestrate workflow.

• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, administration, and staff.

• Demonstrated ability to work with cadavers, including maintenance, care, and dissection.

• Knowledge of working with animal, plant, and tissue cultures and specimens for laboratory purposes.

• Knowledge of laboratory safety, and willingness to participate in further training, if necessary.

• Knowledge of scientific procedures.

• Knowledge of hazardous materials handling and MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) and willingness to participate in further training, if necessary.

• Knowledge and competency in using computer software including, but not limited to, MS Excel and Word.

Environmental Demands

• occasional work performed alone
• constant work around and with people

Other Requirements


• flexibility or ability to respond to multiple demands

• occasional standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, squatting, and climbing stairs
• occasional lifting and carrying up to 15 lbs.
• occasional pushing and pulling up to 20 lbs.
• occasional twisting of body
• occasional use of manual dexterity
• occasional use of tactile acuity
• occasional use of visual acuity from a distance, with depth, and for color
• frequent work at a rapid pace
• frequent reaching, high, low, and level
• frequent audio acuity at all ranges, including speech
• frequent visual acuity for reading
• constant sitting
• constant use of clear oral communication

Tools & Equipment Used

• computers and standard office machines and equipment
• multi-line telephones
• department-specific equipment

Application Deadline Date
June 10, 2024

Open Date

First Review Date

Special Instructions to Applicants


1. Required documents will include:

· Current resume of experience, formal education/training and qualifications.
· Copies of supporting credentials, if applicable.
· Copies of transcripts from fully accredited colleges or university institutions.
(Copies of diplomas will not substitute for transcripts.) (If hired, it will be required to submit official transcripts from fully accredited college or university.)

Information on transcripts must include degree awarded and confer date. Transcripts without this information and online applications without transcripts will be disqualified. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION IF YOUR DEGREE WILL NOT BE CONFERRED UNTIL A LATER DATE .

Note: A written evaluation by an official foreign credentials/transcripts evaluation and translation service must be submitted for Foreign Degree(s)(non-U.S. degrees) by the application deadline date.

2. Applications and attachments (resume, cover letter, copies of transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) will ONLY be accepted through the online process. WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAILED OR FAXED APPLICATIONS OR ITS ATTACHMENTS .

3. Travel expenses for the interview and selection process will be borne by the candidates.

4. Skype and phone interviews are not permitted.

Appointment to the position is conditional upon the approval of the Chancellor.


Employees must satisfy all pre-employment requirements to work for the District which include, but are not limited to, the following items:


Tuberculosis Examination: Prior to employment, the successful candidate will be required to submit evidence (either skin test or X-ray report) of being free of tuberculosis within the past sixty (60) days. The TB test is a condition of employment and any expense must be borne by the successful candidate.

Fingerprinting Requirement:

As a condition of employment, all employees working for community colleges in the State of California are required to be fingerprinted within the first ten (10) working days of the date of employment pursuant to Education Code Section 88024. The District Office of Human Resources processes fingerprints electronically. During the employment intake process, new employees will be given information to have their fingerprints taken at another location.

Immigration Requirement: According to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the Peralta Community College District is required to verify that all new employees are:

1) A citizen or national of the United States;

2) An alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or

3) An alien authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to work in the United States.
All new employees are required to complete and sign a verification form and provide documentation attesting that he/she is a United States citizen, national, or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

District Policy: A Social Security Card will be required following selection and prior to completion of the hiring process. The employment process cannot be completed without a copy of the Social Security Card on file in the Office of Human Resources.


Medical Examination: Under state regulations and as a condition of employment, certain positions may require a medical examination prior to employment. Expenses incurred will be borne by the employee.

Benefits Information

Benefits Information

Benefits Information


The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. The value of the employer contribution towards your benefits may increase your total compensation by as much as 47%. Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:

• Medical, dental, vision, prescription drug insurance coverage*

• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.

• Long-term disability coverage.

• Employee Assistance Program.

In addition to your own contribution, Peralta also contributes 25.37% of your salary to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Effective January 1, 2013, the PEPRA (Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act) went into effect. Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalPERS. A summary of those changes is available at For further up to date information on CalPERS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at The CalPERS member handbook is available at, please visit the website at After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65.

Other voluntary benefits include:

• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)

• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132)

• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans

• Credit union membership

• Prepaid legal plan participation

• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children

* Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District. Other plans require employee contribution. Subject to change.

Mission Statement

The Peralta Community College District is a collaborative of colleges advancing social and economic transformation for students and the community through quality education, rooted in equity, social justice, environmental sustainability, and partnerships.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. List of References
  2. Resume
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Cover Letter

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