Technical Assistant/Laboratory Technician

Schenectady County Community College

Schenectady, NY

ID: 7107885
Posted: August 11, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About SUNY Schenectady County Community College:
SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY Schenectady) is one of the State University of New York's finest two-year colleges located in upstate New York's vibrant and growing Capital Region, with easy access to Boston, NYC, the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Montreal and scenic Hudson Valley, all of which are just a few hours away. SUNY Schenectady is a premier college that provides quality, comprehensive education for transfer, career, training and workforce development to a diverse population in a student centered environment. The College offers more than 50 transfer and career programs in science, aviation, culinary, music, and liberal arts, and serves more than 5,000 students. SUNY Schenectady County Community College offers an excellent benefit package including health care with dental and vision coverage, a choice of retirement systems, a deferred compensation benefit, an on-site child care program and Montessori School, professional development opportunities, and health club membership. We take pride in being an urban campus with a small town feel.

Job Description:
SUNY Schenectady's Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health is seeking a full-time Technical Assistant/Laboratory Technician to join their team. Reporting directly to the Dean, the Technician is responsible for the set-up and break down of laboratories for all Biology classes as well as the preparation of solutions, culture and media. The Technician supports the faculty and the instruction of students enrolled in any Biology course, oversees and trains part-time laboratory technicians and is also responsible for the general cleanliness and scheduling of the laboratories.


The Laboratory Technician will perform the following duties:

Cataloging waste
Maintaining inventory of chemicals, materials, and glassware
Work with faculty to assure that lab exercises are prepared for lab sessions according to the published schedule
Maintain availability to support staff as needed on evenings and Saturdays
Order material, generate PO and oversee payment for all the above listed Biology and Biotechnology labs, including all research related material for Biology II, Biotechnology, and prepare for lab associated with any newly created course at any given semester
Work with students during exam review week in terms of being available to allow lab space and time; make exam review material available; and for Bio II students, spend time organizing their research materials and methods extending over a semester
Prepare and train all part time technicians to assist the full-time technician as deemed necessary. The full-time technician is responsible for overseeing all part time Biology lab technicians in the following capacity:
Train, teach, and assign them to prepare course specific labs. This involves setting up labs for every lab, taking down labs on a regular day to day basis, and also setting up review items for each course before each lab exam (2 reviews per course per semester)
Teach them how to prepare laboratory reagents and be familiar with equipment and general techniques, which includes maintaining and trouble shooting
Train them to set up course specific lab practicals (2 per course per semester), assembling, dismantling, storing, and re-assembling exams as needed every shift for each section of each course
Develop their work schedule to support the teaching schedule within the staff's assigned work time
Monitor for accuracy all worksheets for time put in, actual work performed, and signing off on their time sheets on a biweekly basis
Ensure that all equipment is in working order and to notify the Dean whenever equipment repair or maintenance is required
Ensure that laboratories are well-maintained and running smoothly
Ensure that all safety regulations and hazardous material handling regulations are followed
Perform inventory checks on a regular basis and keep lab well stocked for smooth operation
Maintain safety and hazardous material information in the laboratories as required by local, state, and federal regulations
Collaborate with Division Dean to oversee the laboratory budget

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Biology or related discipline
Basic Computer skills
Organized and detail oriented
Must be available to work some evenings and Saturdays
Preferred Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Biology or related field with 2 years of related experience
Experience in preparation of laboratory reagents and techniques
Advanced degree with extensive experience in preparation of teaching laboratory and/or employment in a research or medical laboratory with responsibility for preparation of materials and management of the laboratory

Additional Information:
Special Information:

VISA sponsorship is not available for this position.
Offers of employment will be conditional based on the successful completion of a background check and verification of official college transcripts.