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Lab Coordinator, Natural Sciences

Lake Michigan College
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 25, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Full Time
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Lab Coordinator, Natural Sciences

Posting Number: 0000878
Reports to: Lab Manager
Department: Arts and Sciences Education
Classification: Classified/Support
Full or Part-time: Full Time

Job Summary:
Provides ancillary support to the Natural Sciences department's full-time and part-time faculty for biology, chemistry, physical science, and physics labs. Scope of responsibility includes the Benton Harbor, Niles, and South Haven campuses.

Essential Functions:
Instructional Laboratory Coordination/Preparation (70%)
  1. Coordinates the preparation, assembly, disassembly, and distribution of Natural Sciences labs.
  2. Works in conjunction with Lab Manager and Natural Sciences faculty to maintain efficient operation of labs throughout the department.
  3. Sets up labs promptly by preparing equipment and chemicals/materials following safety guidelines.
  4. Breaks down completed labs promptly by dismantling and removing equipment and disposing of unused chemicals/materials following safety guidelines.
  5. Prepares lab materials and supplies, such as chemicals, chemical solutions, glassware, models, lab supplies, personal protective equipment, etc., for use in the lab.
  6. Prepares chemical solutions (using the concepts of molarity, normality, percent, etc.) safely, accurately, and precisely.
  7. Prepares microbiological media and maintains bacterial cultures and other living organisms.
  8. Assists faculty in the Natural Sciences stockroom in locating chemicals and equipment.

Maintenance and Cleaning of Equipment (10%)
  1. Cleans and stores glassware and other lab equipment.
  2. Adheres to safety guidelines in proper handling, storage, and disposal of materials, chemicals, biological materials, and hazardous wastes.
Inventory of Equipment and Expendables (10%)
  1. Assists Lab Manager in maintaining equipment and tracking inventories of materials and supplies, organizes stockroom following safety standards, and orders replacements as needed cost-effectively.
  2. Receive and inventory shipments and store following safety guidelines.
  3. Assists the Natural Science faculty in determining lab needs.
Supervising and Training Work Study Students (5%)
  1. Supervise, train, and schedule work study students following budget guidelines.
Support of Natural Sciences Community Activities (5%)
  1. Provide logistical support for the Natural Science Seminars.
  2. Prepare lab materials for community outreach and recruiting activities.

Other Duties:
Performs other duties as assigned

Under the limited supervision of the Lab Manager, the Natural Sciences Lab Coordinator helps facilitate and support the instructional process within the department. Supervises work study students.

Job Specifications:
An Associate’s degree in chemical or biological sciences is required. Bachelor’s degree in chemical or biological sciences preferred. Minimum of one year of chemistry/biology work experience preferred. Must be responsible, organized, and possess good interpersonal skills. Flexibility in hours of employment and must be able to adapt and comply with sudden changes in lab schedules.

Grade: B11
Salary Range:

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Information on our standard hiring process: Lake Michigan College will accept applications on this position for at least 14 days. Applications will be screened for minimum qualifications as received. Once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received and sufficient diversity of applicants achieved, those applicants will be passed along to the search committee. Once the search committee has determined which applicants they would like to interview, those applicants will be contacted. If this process extends beyond 21 days, a communication of the delay will be made to all applicants for the position. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at

Open Date: 05/23/2022
Closing Date:

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About Lake Michigan College
Lake Michigan College is a community college in southwest Michigan. We have three campuses --two of which are located ten minutes from our namesake’s breathtaking shoreline.

Like other community colleges, we offer associate degrees, certificates, and even a baccalaureate degree. But what sets us apart from our peers is our seemingly limitless potential and our people - people who care deeply about our region’s future and who are committed to student success and exemplary educational programs, strong alignments with both established and emerging industries, and productive partnerships with the communities we serve.

Faculty and staff at LMC enjoy excellent benefits and a supportive and friendly work environment. LMC recently received a Capital Outlay grant from the State of Michigan and a new millage from the southwest Michigan community, so the college’s facilities will be getting innovative, sustainable upgrades in the next few years that will contribute to the comfort, productivity and collaborative environment for all employees.

Living in Southwest Michigan
Southwest Michigan attracts millions of tourists who come for our beaches, wineries, and nationally acclaimed golf courses. But many who visit, choose to stay for our great schools, low cost of living, and high quality of life.

LMC’s main campus is nestled in a watery and wooded wildlife sanctuary, yet it’s less than a half-day’s drive from major metro areas including Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Indianapolis. jeid-1f88db41a85c4b4db7d821f542df2ac6
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