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Science Laboratory Technician (Biological Sciences) (Temporary Position)

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College Information

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Laney College

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.

Benefits Information

Position Information

Job Title Science Laboratory Technician (Biological Sciences) (Temporary Position)
Compensation Salary Range: $16.38 - $19.77/Hour
Position Type Classified
Department Applied Technology Department (553)
Job Description Summary

Under general supervision, performs technical work in biology and microbiology. This may require working some evenings and weekends, if needed.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Orders or assists in ordering materials for biology labs.
• Receives and inventories stocks.
• Maintains adequate supplies.
• Maintains order in the stockroom.
• Maintains safety standards in stockroom.
• Assists in providing safe laboratories and classrooms.
• Prepares labs for students.
• Cleans laboratory equipment.
• Maintains live specimens when appropriate.
• May supervise the work of student laboratory assistants.
• Performs minor repairs, contacts repairmen or returns damaged materials to companies for repair.
• Assists in budget preparation and operates within the confines of the budget.
• Assists in setting up and taking down lab practical examinations.
• Maintains records on student lockers.
• Maintains organisms.
• Makes up buffers and solutions for biotechnology courses.
• Maintains Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) records.
• Stores hazardous materials for pick up; schedules pick up; disposes of broken glass; and assists in establishing protocols for the handling and disposal of chemical waste in the classroom.
• Make up media, autoclave and pour plates for microbiology classes.
• Work with the science faculty to ensure experimental materials are set up in advance of the labs.
• Work with the laboratory coordinator to keep laboratories and prep areas clean and organized.
• Help maintain inventory databases; keep track of materials in need of replenishing.
• Assist with the clean-up efforts following each laboratory class.
• Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, administration and staff.
• 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 using standard laboratory equipment: autoclave, pH meters, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, incubators, pipet aids, scales, or magnetic stirrers.
4. Experience keeping accurate records and maintaining inventory control.
5. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications

Knowledge of:

laboratory equipment, materials, supplies, and procedures as used in the particular science laboratory
principles of the appropriate science

Ability to:

* perform routine and analytical determinations
* learn factors involved in purchasing science laboratory supplies and equipment
* prepare demonstration and laboratory set-ups
* order, receive, and issue supplies, materials, and equipment
* operate, maintain, and repair technical laboratory equipment
* analyze laboratory procedures and make suggestions for improvements
* maintain records of supplies and equipment
* do research as needed

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 OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Open Date 12/11/2015

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you find out about the position?
    • Asian Week
    • California Community College Chancellor's Office website
    • Career Builder
    • Chronicle of Higher Education website
    • Chronicle of Higher Education newspaper
    • Community College Jobs Website
    • Community College Times
    • Craigslist
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • El Mundo
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Job Fair, Conference or Workshop
    • Local Newspaper (Oakland Tribune, SF Chronicle, ect)
    • Oakland Post
    • Peralta Jobs Website
    • Walk-In (PCCD Office of Human Resources)
    • Women in Higher Education
    • Word of Mouth
    • 24-Hour Job Line
    • Other
  2. If you chose "Other" as your answer for the above question, please provide details

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. List of References
  2. Other Document
  3. Cover Letter
  4. Training/Certification Document