Laboratory Technician

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7239713 (Ref.No. BSU42645)
Posted: April 26, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Manage laboratory preparation for biology courses; serve as a safety resource for the department; manage the departmental stockroom.

Job Function:

Manage laboratory preparation for biology courses; serve as a safety resource for the department; manage the departmental stockroom.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in biology, chemistry or related natural science by date of appointment.

Preferred Education:

Bachelor's degree in microbiology or molecular biology.

Minimum Experience:

At least 1 year of laboratory experience.

Preferred Experience:

More than three years of laboratory experience; supervisory or instructional experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the laboratory preparation for biology courses; includes set-up, maintain, and dismantle laboratory experiments, demonstrations and equipment needed; prepare chemical solutions, reagents, and media for instructional laboratories; clean and adjust laboratory equipment; develop and maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment needed for lab classes. Communicate with lab instructors regarding lab notes.
  • Manage the Biology stockroom; includes order, maintain, and dispense basic lab and safety supplies for biology courses and for research; includes fluorescent and germicidal light bulbs for laminar flow and bio-safety hoods; ethanol is ordered and dispensed under federal guidelines for department use.
  • Serve as the safety resource for Biology. Coordinate and dispose of chemical waste in accordance with Environmental, Health and Safety procedures through Environmental Health and Safety Office.
  • Support faculty, staff and students with vendor relations and orders; includes source items and handle returns; coordinate ordering and delivery of gas cylinders, maintenance of liquid nitrogen system, installation and in house training for new equipment; coordinate service calls for preventive maintenance, repairs and certifications, and assist with shipping.
  • Train and supervise undergraduate students and graduate teaching assistants concerning instructional laboratory set-up and safety procedures; train and supervise student employees in the stockroom.
  • Work with sales and contract representatives from vendors to negotiate price quotes and equipment service contracts; collaborate the department Financial Assistant to coordinate departmental orders; purchase items from local stores when appropriate. Coordinate delivery of research equipment and supplies.
  • Obtain bids for capital equipment purchases.
  • Submit work requests to Facilities Work Control for repairs and multi-facility shop renovations; includes manage progress on these requests.
  • Manage preventive maintenance and service contracts on biosafety hoods, laminar flow hoods, autoclaves, microscopes, freezers and other research equipment. Including coordinating with vendors and with other departments as needed.
  • Work with Inventory Control in the Purchasing department to locate equipment for inventory records and tagging; arrange for disposal of university property through Purchasing.
  • Manage or assist with research lab clean outs and moves.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Maintain regular and predictable attendance.

At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.