Laboratory Technician, Life and Physical Sciences-Full-time (one or more positions)

Irvine Valley College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7058589 (Ref.No. P0006672)
Posted: September 24, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Summary Description:

Under direction from higher level administrative or academic staff, assists in the preparation of materials and demonstrations for an assigned instructional area; operates and demonstrates use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials; provides assistance to students within the assigned subject area; and maintains the general cleanliness of the assigned laboratory.


Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area.
Theories and applications of the assigned scientific discipline.
Principles and practices of laboratory operations.
Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.
Mathematical principles and scientific concepts.
Methods and techniques used in handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals.
Proper methods of handling and storing equipment, materials, chemicals and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.
Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.


Ability to:

Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and demonstrations for an assigned subject area.
Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and
experiments.
Operate and demonstrate the proper use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials.
Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.
Safely mix and dispense solutions for chemistry lab experiments.
Properly store and dispose of hazardous chemicals and materials.
Operate, understand the mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on
laboratory equipment within assigned area.
Maintain the cleanliness of assigned laboratory.
Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Education/Training:

Equivalent to two years of college level course work in chemistry, astronomy, biology, geology, physics or a related field.


Experience:

Two years of increasingly responsible chemistry, astronomy, biology, geology, or physics laboratory experience.


Conditions of Employment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Work Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, and gases; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus; may work with water. Moderate exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.


Physical Demands:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate laboratory equipment and apparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; may require the wearing of safety glasses or goggles, lab coats, rubber or plastic gloves, respirators or face shields. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


Additional Position Information:

METHOD OF APPLICATION:

Interested applicants must complete the online application, apply for the position, and attach the specified “REQUIRED” documents.

To be considered, each section on the application must contain the requested information (do not state “SEE RESUME” or leave blank). Included on the application, applicants must provide (on the application) at least three (3) professional references, preferably from current supervisors, previous supervisors (from the past five years), colleagues or coworkers who can address professional competency and appropriate practical skills, or other professional references. The Office of Human Resources (OHR) may request additional references.

In addition to a full complete application, applicants are required to attach all “REQUIRED” documents. Official transcripts will be required upon offer of employment.

Applicants bear sole responsibility for ensuring that their applications are complete and “REQUIRED” documents are attached prior to the “INITIAL SCREENING DATE.” Incomplete applications will not be considered. All submitted materials become the property of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this position only. Any supporting documents submitted must reference the Job Opening ID numbers and may be attached online, faxed to 949-340-8007, mailed via U.S. Mail under separate cover, or hand delivered to the District offices.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:

This recruitment will remain “OPEN UNTIL FILLED.” For guaranteed consideration, a complete application, and all “REQUIRED” documents are required to be submitted electronically by the “INITIAL SCREENING DATE.” Applications submitted via facsimile or electronic mail will not be accepted.

NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT:

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.

PLEASE NOTE:

A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in the CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS.


Duties and Responsibilities

Assist instructors in developing instructional materials; prepare study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments; may assist in grading exams and maintaining related records.

Prepare for laboratory demonstrations; set up laboratory apparatus; assist students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory equipment.

Provide assistance to students on a variety of laboratory and course related matters; review student work in progress and assist in resolving problems.

Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; clean floors, table tops, desks and furniture; perform routine and minor repairs on laboratory equipment; maintain, clean and test equipment related to biology, chemistry and other experiments and studies.

Make solutions and mixtures of chemicals for chemistry labs; dispense and label chemicals in vials and test tubes.

Monitor and dispose of chemicals and chemical waste; identify, collect and store unwanted and expired chemicals according to established safety guidelines and procedures.

Participate in the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials and equipment; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, assemble and test new equipment.

Respond to inquiries and requests for information; relay messages for faculty and staff.

Perform related duties as required.





At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.



 

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