Chemistry Laboratory Support Lead - Instructional Support Technician III (5686)

  • East Bay
  • Hayward, California
  • Nov 28, 2019
Full Time

Job Description


The starting salary will be between $4,107.00/month to $5,769.00/month.

Cal State East Bay offers a broad range of benefits that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement (CalPERS), 401k, 457, 403(b), dependent and health care reimbursement accounts, life insurance, vacation and sick, 13 paid holidays, one personal holiday and tuition fee waiver.

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Cal State East Bay's beautiful main campus is located in the Hayward hills with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Situated above the city of Hayward, the campus offers an ideal setting for teaching and learning and yet easy access to the many cities along the bay. The University has a satellite campus in Concord, a professional development center in Oakland and a significant presence online. Founded in 1957, Cal State East Bay is one of 23 universities of the California State University system (CSU). With an enrollment over 15,800 students, Cal State East Bay is recognized as a regionally engaged and globally oriented university with a strong commitment to academic innovation, student success, engaged and service learning, diversity, and sustainability.


This is a comprehensive support position for the academic laboratory program of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The majority of the courses offered in chemistry and biochemistry have a linked or separate laboratory component, and the department routinely runs 80-90 laboratory class sections a year. The timely and accurate preparation of lab materials for the experiments conducted in these sections is the job of the department stockroom personnel. The individual sought for this position will oversee operation of the stockroom, share responsibility for the daily preparation of chemical reagents and equipment for the classroom laboratory sections, and lead other stockroom staff.

Additionally, the individual will be responsible for maintenance of large instruments and for monitoring smaller equipment for needed repairs. Other responsibilities include collection and proper management of hazardous waste, implementing department safety procedures, overseeing and maintaining the safe storage of hazardous chemicals, regular review of the chemical and supply inventory for re-order or disposal, as appropriate, frequent consultation with faculty teaching the lab courses, development of up-to-date lists of materials needed for relevant courses, and generally helping to provide a fully functioning and supportive stockroom to help carry out the department instructional mission. Candidate must be familiar with the proper handling and disposal of a wide spectrum of chemicals, should have good computer skills, understand the safe use of common tools, and be able to lift 30 pounds.


Prepare chemical and biochemical reagents, supplies, and equipment in appropriate amounts for laboratory sections, deliver and set materials up properly prior to the start of lab sections, and remove when the class is finished. Using the appropriate lab manual and/or in consultation with the appropriate instructor, develop, and routinely update lists of all reagents, supplies and equipment required for each laboratory class. Perform calculations, weigh or measure chemicals for distribution or solution preparation, label reagents, test when necessary and store all class samples under conditions where the desired properties are retained for successful use in the lab section. Set out the non-chemical materials and equipment for each assigned laboratory section. Make sure all equipment is in good working order. After the lab classes are finished with an experiment, remove all materials and either store, clean, or dispose of properly. Re-order chemicals and materials consumed in the experiments in a timely fashion; make sure materials for upcoming experiments are in stock or have been ordered. Consult with laboratory instructors regularly regarding needs for upcoming experiments. Assist with whatever is needed to ensure the timely and successful implementation of those experiments.

Maintain departmental instruments in good working order for laboratory classes or faculty supervised student research projects; set up instruments for use prior to the beginning of the laboratory classes. Know how to operate each instrument. Check the instruments routinely to make sure they are in good working order; make sure required materials (e.g. compressed gases) are available and = regular maintenance procedures (e.g. liquid nitrogen fills) are performed as needed. Identify problems or malfunctions of instruments and either address these or arrange for a repair visit from a vendor technician. Host vendor technicians for routine maintenance visits. File or keep filed instrument manuals and maintenance history in designated stockroom cabinets; make sure instrument manuals are also available on instrument computers. When the instrument will be used for an assigned class, test and calibrate in advance, and coordinate with the instructor; on the day of the lab class, warm up the instrument and make sure whatever is necessary for successful use by laboratory sections has been done. Serve as a consultant for faculty and students who plan to use an instrument for faculty supervised student research experiments.

Monitor overall operation of the chemistry stockroom with the goal of providing high quality, safe and timely services for the department laboratory program. In consultation with the department chair and other stockroom personnel, develop equitable lab preparation assignments for the Instructional Support Technicians and appropriate duties for the Stock Clerk and student assistants. Oversee maintenance of efficient and safe organization of stockroom space. Provide training and guidance for other stockroom staff and student assistants, as appropriate. Make sure student assistants have reviewed chemical safety materials (MSDS files) for chemicals handled and are aware of any hazards and proper precautions. Plan for completion of essential duties when stockroom employees are absent. Serve as liaison between faculty and stockroom; regularly consult with department faculty members on laboratory curriculum and instrumentation issues. Bring laboratory-related problems to the attention of the faculty and recommend solutions.

Monitor department safety measures and participate in the collection and disposal of hazardous laboratory waste. Ensure proper segregation, storage, and handling of hazardous chemicals. Inform others of safety measures as needed. Be aware of applicable regulations for waste disposal. Regularly monitor waste levels in classroom satellite sites and remove to outside storage site when appropriate. Provide fresh properly labeled waste containers as needed. Keep required hazardous waste records up-to-date. Provide safety training for new lab instructors; host safety inspections and assist in remediating any problems noted. Regularly consult with the campus Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

Assist with the development of new laboratory facilities or re-organization of existing facilities and installation of new equipment, including computer infrastructure. Work with faculty to organize laboratory or research facilities as needed; help manage choice of furniture, set-up of equipment and purchase of chemicals and supplies. Coordinate vendor installation and faculty training on newly acquired instruments; help identify space, electrical or other specialized requirements for new instruments. Arrange for disposal of outdated and non-functional instruments and equipment.

Perform additional tasks which help the stockroom fulfill its mission. Help maintain the stockroom inventory of chemicals and supplies. Fix or arrange to have fixed broken or damaged small equipment items.


Ability to lift 30 pounds.


Equivalent to four years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to specialty area to which assigned.


Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area to which assigned may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the specialty area to which assigned may be substituted for two years of the required experience.


A Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a closely related field, experience with the proper handling and disposal of a wide spectrum of chemicals, two years experience providing instructional support services in chemistry or two years experience working with instrumentation used in chemistry. Good computer skills.

Be familiar with the functioning of instructional Chemistry and Biochemistry laboratory classes and understand the types of procedures they involve. Understand and be familiar with the properties, handling, safe storage and use of laboratory chemicals and biochemicals. Have demonstrated organizational and planning skills; be able to coordinate support services to meet a variety of instructional and research laboratory needs.

Possess good interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with faculty and the stockroom staff, both to convey information and to respond to suggestions or complaints in a constructive manner. Have experience with the operation, maintenance, and calibration of scientific analytical instruments for use in classroom instruction or research activities. Understand and be familiar with the safe handling and proper disposal of hazardous chemical and biochemical waste, and understand the use of MSDS information. Have the ability to repair or arrange for repair of small equipment; be familiar with the safe use of common tools. Possess good computer skills (email, word processing, internet searches, etc.)


In addition to the standard Cal State East Bay application, please submit a:

1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. List of three (3) or more professional references

Resumes alone will not be accepted in lieu of a completed online application.

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This position will remain open until filled and may close without further notice.

Applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt via automatic email reply regarding their application materials. In addition, all applicants who were not selected will receive email notification at the conclusion of the recruitment process. Please be patient as this process may take several weeks.


This is a position with supervisory/lead responsibilities, subject to completion of the University on-line Sexual Harassment training as a condition of employment.

Satisfactory completion of a background check that may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment. Cal State East Bay will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Unsatisfactory results may also affect the continued employment of current Cal State East Bay employees who were conditionally offered the position.

All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate.


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The incumbent in this position may be considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and will be required to comply with requirements set forth in the CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Cal State East Bay is not a sponsoring agency for Staff or Management positions.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled