Laboratory Manager and Technician

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7056585
Posted: March 22, 2019
Application Deadline: April 22, 2019

Job Description

Laboratory Manager and Technician

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 2015-1602175

Location: CA 94556, CA


Closing: 4/22/2019 11:59 PM Pacific


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


Saint Mary's College invites applications for the position of laboratory technician and stockroom manager who is responsible for the daily setup of laboratory experiments, which includes preparation of reagents, setup of instruments, maintaining chemical stock, managing the chemical inventory database for the School of Science, and overseeing student stockroom assistants. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the mission of the College, which is informed, animated and expressed by its Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions.

• Receive day-to-day direction from the Chair and Faculty of the Department. Report monthly to the Dean of School of Science.
• Perform calculations for and physical preparation of laboratory materials; keep clear, accurate laboratory notebooks and updated electronic files; understand chemical hazards and corrosive properties.
• Organize stockroom and manages the electronic chemical inventory database.
• Maintain clean and organized laboratories, stockroom and other work areas.
• Train and supervise student stockroom workers who can help with the above tasks.
• Develop a working knowledge of the equipment in the departmental teaching and research laboratories, which includes Gas Chromatography (GC), Gas Chromatography- Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), UV-Vis and FT-IR and NMR spectrometers, Atomic Absorption, X-Ray fluorescence, and Vernier Pro systems.
• Monitor instrumentation to insure the accuracy of experimental results and insure that the equipment is performing within specifications; oversee maintenance and calibration of instrumentation.
• Inspect laboratories and stockroom to maintain a safe working environment and reports unsafe conditions in adherence with Environmental Health and Safety policies.
• Adhere to safe work practices; complete all GLP and/or safety training as applicable to job requirements; and keep a record of SDS (MSDS) in accordance with the chemical hygiene plan.
• Continued skill development in of practical knowledge, technical understanding, and creative problem solving skills is expected.

Experience and Qualifications:

• Must have a BS degree in chemistry; an advanced degree in chemistry (MS degree or Ph.D.) or several years of experience is desirable.
• Knowledge of scientific principles, analytical methodology, tasks, materials and tools associated with chemical laboratories.
• Good problem solving and analytical skills; excellent communication skills; both written and oral.
• Must demonstrate the ability to work in an academic, highly collaborative and culturally diverse campus community environment, working effectively as team member. Must possess the skills to train and supervise student employees.
• Knowledge of safety rules, SDSs (MSDSs) and general laboratory chemical procedures required; experience working with toxic/hazardous chemicals, and familiarity with a chemical hygiene plan is desirable.
• Knowledge and experience in using laboratory database systems and instrument software packages.
• An understanding of sample analysis techniques and experience in some type of chromatographic (HPLC, GC/MS) and/or spectroscopic (NMR, UV-Vis and IR) techniques is a plus. This may include the following: testing, calibrating and verifying the accuracy of the instrumentation, troubleshooting and upgrading instrumentation, equipment using appropriate testing procedures, data interpretation, and technical knowledge of specialized software packages.
• Proficiency with Word, Excel, and Access database software.

Supplemental Information:

Application Instructions: Please apply on-line at

1) Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College

2) A resume

3) The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.

Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

Notification with regard to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act.

As provided by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, Saint Mary's College of California through its Department of Public Safety, annually provides notice and makes available copies of the Annual Security Report, to the campus community, prospective students, employees and the public. Each Security Report includes statistics for the past three years concerning crimes and incidents (whether they occurred on campus, in off-campus building and property owned or controlled by the College, or on public property adjacent to campus) reported to campus security authorities. Each Security Report also provides campus policies and practices concerning security – how to report sexual assaults and other crimes, crime prevention efforts, policies/laws governing alcohol and drugs, victims' assistance programs, student discipline, college resources, and other matters. The Security Report is publicly available electronically or hard copy in the following ways: electronically:; in person: Department of Public Safety, Administrative Office, Assumption Hall: or by or by Mail or Telephone Request: Department of Public Safety, P.O. Box 3111, Moraga, CA 94575-3111 (925) 631-4052.

In addition, as provided by the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office maintains a Megan's Law database of sex crime offenders, which information may be obtained from the Sheriff's office located at 500 Court Street, Martinez, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

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