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Laboratory Coordinator- C - Biology

Vassar College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 21, 2024

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Full Time

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Vassar College

Laboratory Coordinator- C - Biology

Department: Biology Department
Duration of Position: Academic year / Full time
Work Schedule:
Employee Type: Staff
Posting Date: 05/20/2024
Union Representation: CWA
Posting Number: AS490P
Pay Rate: $21.53 per hour

About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape.Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other historically underrepresented groups.Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.

Position Summary and Responsibilities
The Biology Laboratory Coordinator prepares and maintains teaching laboratories at the introductory and immediate level. This includes courses from our intermediate-level curricular areas: (1) physiology, natural history, and ecology, and (2) genetics and cellular biology. Courses are at the introductory and intermediate level. The Biology Laboratory Coordinator also performs a wide variety of other fundamental tasks for the department. This position is full-time, 37.5 hours/week, for the academic year, 38 weeks/year.


Biology laboratory course support:
  • Prepare and organize supplies, materials, solutions, and equipment for laboratory sessions. Reserve equipment when necessary. Clean up after laboratory sessions. Print laboratory manuals for some courses. Maintain procedural information on how to prepare a laboratory course.
  • Assist faculty during laboratory sessions as needed, typically by guiding students in equipment use and driving for field trips.
  • Assist with teaching students how to use equipment and other resources for their independent research.
  • Care of live organisms, which requires specific knowledge of plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and bacterial and viral cultures.
  • Computer management: Schedule computer requests, move carts between laboratories as needed. Physically and digitally clean computers after student use. Install and update software needed for laboratory courses.
  • Supervise student laboratory assistants.
  • Course purchases and budgeting: Research products, price and place orders for laboratories. Keep track of spending to stay within allocated budget and reconcile budget when necessary.

Course development:
  • Meet with faculty to discuss planning and implementation of laboratory protocols. Research, test, and revise protocols.

Facilities and equipment support:
  • Respond to building and facilities problems. Coordinate among Facilities Operations staff, outside companies, and faculty for repair work or restoration of services.
  • Move and reconfigure teaching laboratory spaces if required.
  • Coordinate with faculty and staff on the use of spaces and equipment that are shared among departments/programs.
  • Assist with maintenance and coordination of repairs for equipment.
  • Assist with coordination of new equipment purchases.
  • Periodically assess and assist with calibration of analytical equipment.
  • Coordinate computer repairs and allocations with CIS.
  • Design and build scientific apparatus.
  • Assist with teaching other staff and faculty across the Division about new instrumentation, protocols, and software.
  • Assist in the greenhouse/phytotron room when student assistants are unavailable or when Greenhouse Manager is not present.
  • Assist faculty with the Herbarium as needed.

Safety Compliance:
  • Assistant in training student laboratory assistants in chemical and field safety procedures.
  • Maintain up-to-date certification for OSHA, EPA, and IACUC (if required).

Inventory and organization:
  • Coordinate usage and location of laboratory and field equipment. Update digital inventories and asset-tagged equipment.
  • Maintain the stockroom and restock general use consumables.
  • Receive and distribute packages.
  • Manage department teaching collections of organisms.

Other roles:
  • Serve on department operational committees.
  • Participate in routine staff meetings and occasional departmental meetings.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills, be able to work well on a team, and be able to work independently.
  • Must be self-motivated, display initiative in accomplishing tasks, and be a good problem solver.
  • Must be willing to learn new tasks as needed to support the laboratory work of the department.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency required in Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail, and internet research.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Maintain up-to-date certification for OSHA, EPA, and IACUC.

  • Minimum of three years of professional experience in a laboratory setting.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.

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