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Lab Technician

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Work type: Staff
Location: Los Angeles
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Full Time, Research

Job No: 516922; 08/04/2022


Instructional Support Tech III
Biological Sciences

Salary Range: $4,283 - $7,430/Monthly


Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday - Friday 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.; non-exempt classification. Temporary 12-month appointment; may be extended, may become permanent.


Essential Functions: Under general supervision of the Chair of the Biological Sciences Department, the full time Instructional Support Technician III (IST) will perform comprehensive support services for departmental curriculum with an emphasis towards the microbiology lab courses. The IST will: prepare instructional materials unique to the disciplines and courses served in the Department of Biological Sciences, with emphasis on microbiology related materials; plan the layout, develop work schedules to meet deadlines, prepare a variety of materials and equipment necessary for specific classes that may be running simultaneously; set up materials appropriate for various teaching lab activities including but not limited to microbiological samples, cultures, and microscope slides; organize student groups by setting up work stations associated with laboratory activities according to instructors’ requests; generate picture boards and simple illustrations as needed for lab courses, such as signs for specific class sections; consult with faculty to discuss needs and develop plans; assist faculty and administration in the development of new instructional activities; assist faculty and administration in the planning and implementation of new services or in problem solving; order supplies and reagents needed for various instructional activities; identify possible supplies vendors and assist in adding these vendors to the University system; order supplies for state supported faculty activities, as needed; solve any associated problems that arise including problems with shipping and receiving; maintain a monthly record of purchases and associated charge-back accounts for departmental accounting purposes; maintain, store, and track supplies and reagents and report to department; clean and maintain scientific equipment such as microscopes, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis units, centrifuges, refrigerators, pH meters, balances, shakers, incubators and other equipment as needed; reach out to professional services and organize equipment service as needed Store, inventory, dispense, and dispose of any hazardous materials use in accordance with appropriate regulations; maintain specialized equipment used in molecular and cellular biology (eg., flow cytometer, Illuminia sequencer) and assist their use in class; assist faculty and administration by acting as a resource for materials and equipment use; and serve as liaison with other segments of the University as necessary for proper maintenance of relevant materials.

Required Qualifications & Experience: A Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or related discipline from an accredited college of university and at least two years of relevant experience in the ordering, purchasing, accounting, and supporting of technical materials, supplies and/or equipment. Incumbent must have knowledge of: procedures and practices relating to providing support services with particular emphasis on microbiology; working with specialized instrumentation for molecular and/or cellular biology; procedures and practices related to ordering and inventory; and of the materials, supplies, and equipment. Incumbent must have the ability to: operate relevant scientific equipment and computer interfaces; plan, organize, and schedule activities; maintain records; adjust and perform simple maintenance on technical and scientific equipment; and communicate in a professional manner and read and write at a level suitable for records maintenance and project needs.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The system-wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

California State University, Los Angeles, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Preferred Qualifications & Experience: A MS degree in a Biological Science


Closing Date: Review of applications will begin August 18 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received. A COMPLETED ON-LINE CAL STATE LA EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED. RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF A COMPLETED APPLICATION.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, California State University, Los Angeles is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, disability, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

Candidates must demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. Certain positions require fingerprinting. The University actively encourages qualified minorities, women, and persons with a disability to apply. Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause an undue hardship. We are an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer.

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