KBC Science Lab Technician

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Classification:Temporary Technical Casual
Grade:Temporary Staff Grade 78
Work type:Temporary
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Kenai Peninsula College
Location: Homer
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Located in Homer, Alaska, this position maintains an efficient and quality teaching lab environment for students and ensures the safety, risk management and security of the labs, equipment and physical, chemical and biological media. Provides support to all lab aspects of the KBC-KPC's Science programs. Provides support to faculty teaching in the sciences, nursing and health sciences in the labs.


100Review and test all chemistry laboratory experiments to be used by students. Revise procedures as appropriate to produce safe, successful experimental procedures. Prepare inorganic and organic chemical reagents and lab solutions for all science classes. Prepare stains, dyes, indicators, biological reagents and media for related science classes. Prepare microbiological media (slants, agars, broths, etc.) for Biology and Microbiology classes. Prepare bacterial cultures (pathogenic and non-pathogenic): culture, rehydrate, cross transfer, etc. Follow chemical hazardous waste procedures: separate, neutralize, condense and dispose of all waste produced in science labs. Work with biological hazardous waste; ensure bacterial cultures and contaminated articles are collected, destroyed and disposed of in a prescribed and safe manner. Maintain a safe chemical and aseptic microbiological laboratory environment. Issue rules and regulations with constant monitoring and training. Issue safeguards and warnings to students and instructors. Keep SDS papers available to all and in accordance with UA policies and procedures. Submit orders for lab chemicals, consumables, equipment and supplies for chemistry, all biology courses (majors and non-majors, anatomy and physiology, ecology/evolution, cell/genetics, marine, marine mammal, marine invertebrate, ichthyology, skeletal articulation, mycology) physics, and other science courses as they arise. Follow up on all orders and anticipate future needs. Interact with purchasing staff and local industry to obtain supplies, chemicals, lab ware, etc. Construct and assemble apparatuses for physics and physical science labs. Build apparatuses as needed for chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology and other lab classes. Maintain, repair and replace scientific instruments and equipment. Respond to public inquiries of a chemical or biological nature. Investigate techniques for cost-effective and environmentally-friendly methods to incorporate in our lab practices. Perform demonstrations for lab instrumentation and theory as requested by instructors. Assist and supervise students during "make-up" and open labs. Maintain lab inventory and other required safety manuals, chemical hygiene plan, etc. in accordance with regulations.Essential

Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska is looking for an excellent individual to fill the position of KBC Science Lab Assistant. This position maintains an efficient and quality teaching lab environment for students and ensures the safety, risk management and security of the labs, equipment and physical, chemical and biological media. Provides support to all lab aspects of the KBC-KPC's Science programs. Provides support to faculty teaching in the Sciences, Nursing and Health Sciences in the labs.

The successful candidate will work 15-20 hours per week during the academic year, $22.36 per hour. Applications accepted until the position is closed.

This position is located is located in Homer (area pop. 14,000) on the shores of Kachemak Bay. The campus offers courses leading to 4‐year degree programs, associate degrees, and certificates. This campus has 5 full‐time faculty, 15 staff, and 25-30+ part‐time faculty each semester. KBC averages 700-800 students/semester.

We especially encourage applications from candidates who understand the diversity present in Alaska, our local community and student body, and who will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures.


Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities
Excellent written and oral communication skills to interact with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and public.
Strong organizational, time management and project management skills.
Knowledge of:
(1) chemistry principles and appropriate laboratory procedures;
(2) chemical/microbiological properties, principles and techniques;
(3) microbiological growth techniques and bio-hazard procedures;
(4) classification, general theories, scientific methods and common practices in field.
Knowledge and ability to maintain biological and chemistry lab equipment, instruments, supplies, and materials.
Ability to maintain lab records, inventory, safety and equipment maintenance records.
Knowledge of budget and procurement procedures.
Knowledge of research and analysis techniques.
Knowledge of data collection procedures, data entry procedures and the ability to display trends in data. Ability to interpret data results for reporting.
Ability to lead and oversee the activities of others.
Ability to manage activities of a laboratory including a safety program.
Ability to communicate basic science and chemical processes to students.

Ability to set up lab equipment.
Knowledge of instructional technology equipment including SMARTboard, BlackBoard and scientific recording equipment (e.g., Vernier LabQuests, acoustic recorders/hydrophones).
Background in maintaining a safe chemical and aseptic lab environment and management of hazardous waste and chemicals.
Familiarity with proper storage requirements.
Experience interacting with faculty, students, staff and public.
Significant experience in a relevant field or equivalent.
Background in chemistry, biology, microbiology.
Experience procuring and maintaining chemical and biological inventory in a laboratory setting. Computer experience in Microsoft Office, especially Excel.

Experience in operating and repairing basic laboratory equipment such as pH meters, autoclaves, spectroscopes, and balances.
Experience in preparing and safely handling, producing and disposing of microbial cultures.
Experience procuring basic laboratory tools and supplies including basic analytical equipment. Experience with proper disposal of chemical and/or medical wastes.
Training in lab safety, HazMat, lab procedures, First Aid, chemical and biological hazard procedures.

Typical Education or Training
BA or BS in Chemistry, Biology or a related field or an equivalent combination of training and experience. The degree aids in having experience with techniques in Microbiology, Chemistry, Biology and Physics, in additional to training and experience in using general and specialized lab equipment and instruments, SDS documents, waste management, hazardous chemical management, etc.

Applicant must possess a current, unrestricted Alaska driver's license or be able to obtain an unrestricted Alaska driver's license within 60 days of accepting the job. In addition, the applicant must meet UAA's safe driving criteria found at https://www.alaska.edu/risksafety/download/TransportationSafety.pdf
Unofficial transcript that demonstrates training in chemistry or biochemistry must be submitted with the application.


Applications accepted until the position is closed. 
Please address all of the listed required and preferred education, knowledge, skills, abilities and experience.

Please submit your online application and electronically attach the following documents: 
1. Cover letter 
2. Complete resume clearly documenting work experience in an industrial or academic laboratory setting.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

Advertised: Alaskan Standard Time
Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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