Professional Health Academic Program (PHAP) Lab Technician - Instructional Support Technician II (506578)

  • Cal State University (CSU) East Bay
  • Hayward, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Education and Training Public Health

Job Description


Salary and Benefits

The starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and is anticipated to be in the range of $3,907.00 /month to $5,343.00 /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.

For more information on the benefits program, please visit

About Cal State East Bay

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.

About the Position

This is a support position for the Biology and Chemistry laboratory courses run through the Pre-Professional Health Academic (PHAP) program. 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 work at both the Concord and Hayward campuses and collaborate with other instructional support technicians to prepare chemical and biochemical reagents for the lab sections, maintain bacterial stocks, help set up the necessary equipment, regularly consult with the instructors, assist with the maintenance of large instruments, ensure that hazardous waste is managed properly, routinely monitor the inventory of chemicals and supplies and re-order as appropriate, and generally help assure a fully functioning and supportive stockroom to help carry out the department instructional mission.


Prepare and maintain all materials necessary to execute instructional laboratory course sections.
  • 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 in which the desired properties are retained for successful use in the lab section.
  • Handle, store, and maintain microbial cultures; evaluate the viability, purity and traits of microbial stocks, including antibiotic sensitivities of bacterial cultures; and properly prepare stocks for -80°C storage and their resuscitation.
  • Set out the non-chemical materials (including slides, diagrams, pictures, posters, articles) and equipment for each 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.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Be able to operate all departmental instruments.
  • Practice instrument skills, and check the instruments periodically to make sure they are in good working order.
  • Identify problems or malfunctions of instruments, and either address 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.
  • When the instrument will be used for 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 is done.

Perform additional tasks which help the stockrooms fulfill their mission.
  • Routinely clean the stockroom, laboratories, equipment, supplies, and glassware in preparation for upcoming laboratory experiments.
  • Fix or arrange to have fixed broken or damaged small equipment items.
  • Work with other stockroom staff to maintain adequate supplies of shared reagents commonly used for many classes.
  • Fill in for other stockroom staff on an as-needed basis.
  • Participate in inventory and locker/drawer equipping. Assist with moving equipment.
  • Provide safety training for new lab instructors; host safety inspections and assist in remediating any problems noted.
  • Comply with mandatory trainings provided by the CSU system.
  • Submit Student Accident Injury Reports, if needed.

Participate in the regular collection and disposal of hazardous laboratory waste.
  • 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 records up-to-date.
  • Inform others as needed to ensure proper segregation, storage, and handling of hazardous waste.
  • Regularly consult with the campus Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

Help maintain stockroom's inventory of chemicals and supplies to ensure that adequate amounts are on-hand for supplying upcoming laboratory experiments.
  • Anticipate needs in advance and reorder chemicals and materials in a timely fashion.

Train and supervise student assistant stockroom helpers as needed.
  • Train student assistants to perform designated tasks.
  • Assign tasks for student assistants.
  • Make sure student assistants have reviewed chemical safety materials (MSDS files) for chemicals handled and are aware of any hazards and proper precautions.

Required Qualifications
  • Be generally familiar with the functioning of instructional Biology and Chemistry laboratory classes and understand the types of procedures they involve
  • Understand and be familiar with the properties, handling, and safe use of laboratory chemicals and biochemicals
  • Understand and be familiar with media preparation and bacterial strain maintenance
  • Understand and be familiar with the safe handling and proper disposal of hazardous chemical and biochemical waste, and understand the use of MSDS information
  • Understand and be familiar with the use, maintenance, and calibration of scientific analytical equipment
  • Understand and be familiar with the use of chemistry and biochemistry laboratory supplies, and glassware
  • Understand and be familiar with the safe use of common tools
  • Possess good computer skills (email, word processing, internet searches, etc.)
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledges and Abilities:

Knowledge of the principles of performing support services; knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques related to the discipline and the curriculum; knowledge of the materials and supplies in the curriculum and the curriculum and their uses.

Ability to plan, organize, and schedule activities; ability to operate technical equipment related to the discipline; ability to maintain records; ability to adjust and perform simple maintenance of technical and scientific equipment.



Equivalent to three 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 the 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 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 area to which assigned may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Preferred Skills and Knowledge
  • A Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a closely related field.

Condition(s) of Employment

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including LiveScan, as appropriate), 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. LiveScan is conducted through the University Police Department.

EEO Statement

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.

Other Information

All California State University campuses, including Cal State East Bay, are smoke and tobacco-free. For more information, please visit our website at

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the Cal State East Bay Annual Campus Security Report is available at:


Cal State East Bay is not a sponsoring agency for Staff or Management positions and we are not an E-Verify employer.

Mandated Reporter

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.

CSU Vaccination Policy

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 systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat. com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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