Science Laboratory Technician/Biological Sciences - BCC
- Peralta Community College District
- Location: Berkeley, California
- Category: Admin-Laboratory and Research
- Posting Date: 05/28/2020
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
Berkeley City College
Berkeley City College (BCC), one of California’s 112 community colleges, is centrally located in downtown Berkeley, only 1-1/2 blocks from the U.C. campus. The college’s mission is to contribute to the success of all students and to the well-being of the community by offering the best possible education which promises intellectual growth, social mobility, economic development and an understanding of diverse ideas and peoples. BCC is ranked second in the state in the percentage of students who transfer to U.C. Berkeley.
BCC serves students who seek general education, transfer to four-year universities, associate degrees and certificates in liberal arts, the sciences, career/technical areas, or foundational skills. BCC students represent a diverse mix of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. Many are the first in their families to attend college. The college is an active partner in local economic development and employment training endeavors and maintains a strong and unique collaboration with U.C. Berkeley. Berkeley City College’s world-class faculty has created a student-centered learning community dedicated to academic excellence and student success. They have won distinction in the sciences, arts, English, humanities, multimedia arts, and the social sciences.
The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. The value of the employer contribution towards your benefits may increase your total compensation by as much as 47%. Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:
• Medical, dental, vision, prescription drug insurance coverage*
• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.
• Long-term disability coverage.
• Employee Assistance Program.
In addition to your own contribution, Peralta also contributes 19.721% of your salary to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Effective January 1, 2013, the PEPRA (Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act) went into effect. Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalPERS. A summary of those changes is available at http://www.calpers.ca.gov/eip-docs/employer/program-services/summary-pension-act.pdf. For further up to date information on CalPERS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at www.calpers.com www.calpers.ca.gov/. The CalPERS member handbook is available at http://www.calpers.ca.gov/eip-docs/about/pubs/member/your-benefits-your-future-school-benefits.pdf., please visit the website at www.calpers.com. After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65.
Other voluntary benefits include:
• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)
• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132)
• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans
• Credit union membership
• Prepaid legal plan participation
• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children
- Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District. Other plans require employee contribution. Subject to change.
Job TitleScience Laboratory Technician/Biological Sciences - BCC
Time Base40 hrs/week 12 months/year
CompensationSalary Range: $3,351- $4,044/mo Hiring Range: $3,351 - $3,687/mo - The maximum initial placement is Step 3 depending on experience.
DepartmentDivision Dean I (852)
Job Description Summary
Under general supervision, performs technical work in biology and microbiology. This may require working some evenings and weekends, if needed.
Duties & Responsibilities
Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.
• Orders or assists in ordering materials for biology labs.
• Receives and inventories stocks.
• Maintains adequate supplies.
• Maintains order in the stockroom.
• Maintains safety standards in stockroom.
• Assists in providing safe laboratories and classrooms.
• Prepares labs for students.
• Cleans laboratory equipment.
• Maintains live specimens when appropriate.
• May supervise the work of student laboratory assistants.
• Performs minor repairs, contacts repairmen or returns damaged materials to companies for repair.
• Assists in budget preparation and operates within the confines of the budget.
• Assists in setting up and taking down lab practical examinations.
• Maintains records on student lockers.
• Maintains organisms.
• Makes up buffers and solutions for biotechnology courses.
• Maintains Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) records.
• Stores hazardous materials for pick up; schedules pick up; disposes of broken glass; and assists in establishing protocols for the handling and disposal of chemical waste in the classroom.
• Make up media, autoclave and pour plates for microbiology classes.
• Work with the science faculty to ensure experimental materials are set up in advance of the labs.
• Work with the laboratory coordinator to keep laboratories and prep areas clean and organized.
• Help maintain inventory databases; keep track of materials in need of replenishing.
• Assist with the clean up efforts following each laboratory class.
• Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, administration and staff.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 12 semester units of biology or biologically related sciences from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of training, education, and qualifying experience which demonstrates the skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties for this position. (Must submit a copy of college transcripts with application.)
2. Two (2) plus years experience working in a laboratory.
3. Experience using standard laboratory equipment: autoclave, pH meters, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, incubators, pipet aids, scales, or magnetic stirrers.
4. Experience keeping accurate records and maintaining inventory control.
5. Applicant must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students.
• Bachelor’s Degree in biology, chemistry or equivalent.
• Strong writing and quantitative skills.
• Knowledge of working with animal, plant and tissue cultures and specimens for laboratory purposes.
• Knowledge of laboratory safety, and willingness to participate in further training, if necessary.
• Knowledge of scientific procedures.
• Knowledge of hazardous materials handling and MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) and willingness to participate in further training, if necessary.
• Knowledge and competency in using computer software including, but not limited to, MS Excel and Word.
• Experience working in a research or clinical laboratory.
• occasional work performed alone
• constant work around and with people
• flexibility or ability to respond to multiple demands
• occasional standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, squatting, and climbing stairs
• occasional lifting and carrying up to 15 lbs.
• occasional pushing and pulling up to 20 lbs.
• occasional twisting of body
• occasional use of manual dexterity
• occasional use of tactile acuity
• occasional use of visual acuity from a distance, with depth, and for color
• frequent work at a rapid pace
• frequent reaching, high, low, and level
• frequent audio acuity at all ranges, including speech
• frequent visual acuity for reading
• constant sitting
• constant use of clear oral communication
Tools & Equipment Used
• computers and standard office machines and equipment
• multi-line telephones
• department-specific equipment
Application Deadline DateJune 24, 2020