Lab Technician-Physics and Earth Sciences Department - Framingham State University
Framingham State University
June 7, 2018
Location: Framingham, MA Category: Contract/Hourly Posted On: Wed Jun 6 2018 Job Description:
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Laboratory Technician is responsible for all aspects of the Department's instructional materials. The Lab Tech, in consolation with the faculty, schedules, maintains, repairs, curates and orders all of the equipment and supplies used in the Department. The Lab tech is responsible for maintaining the equipment and supply budgets and for effectively communicating with other Department laboratory technicians for coordination of equipment and supply ordering.
EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Prepares materials, samples, solutions, cultures, reagents, etc. for laboratory experiments, tests, and instruction.
Sets up experiments and class exercises, including Vernier and other digital laboratory apparatus.
Cleans, maintains, and repairs laboratory areas and equipment.
Maintains inventories of supplies and equipment; orders laboratory materials as needed.
Performs related duties such as maintaining records, logs, and schedules of equipment use, maintenance, and repairs.
Maintains the department's equipment and supplies budget accounts.
Ensures that all personnel protective equipment in the laboratories is available and in proper working condition.
Assembles, installs, and operates equipment, instrumentation, and other apparatus in classrooms or laboratories to support research and instructional activities.
Adjusts, calibrates, and tests technical, laboratory, and/or other instructional equipment and its components according to specifications, standards, diagrams, technical manuals, and/or instructions of professional.
Provides on-the-job training to work-study students.
Confers with professional staff and faculty concerning methods and procedures and to exchange information.
Uses a computer. Basic computer literacy required.
Has thorough working knowledge of all applicable Federal and State Regulations pertaining to the safe and proper operation of a laboratory including, but not limited to:
Federal and State Hazardous Waste labeling, classification, storage, and disposal regulations
OSHA and the Massachusetts Department of Safety regulations involving the safe inventory, dispensing, labeling, storage, and management of all laboratory chemicals and supplies.
OSHA Hazardous Communication and the Massachusetts Right to Know laws and the proper use and maintenance of required Personal Protective Equipment.
Knowledge of the proper methods used in the disposal of laboratory materials.
Knowledge of calibration and adjustment techniques as applied to laboratory equipment.
Knowledge of the properties and characteristics of chemicals, acids, and materials used in a laboratory.
Ability to understand and apply the policies, procedures, specifications, standards, and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
Ability to explain the policies, procedures, specifications, standards, and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
Working knowledge of chemical hygiene plans.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to gather information through observing and questioning individuals and by examining records and documents.
Ability to maintain accurate records.
Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs, and tables on computer.
Ability to perform arithmetical computations with speed and accuracy (addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication).
Ability to communicate effectively in oral expressions and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
Ability to deal tactfully with others.
Ability to exercise sound judgment.
Ability to work in a team setting.
Ability to distinguish colors visually.
Ability to lift and carry heavy objects.
Ability to accurately prepare solutions of specified concentrations from available stock chemicals.
Bachelor's Degree in Physics, the Earth Sciences or other related field; equivalent scientific experience or academic credentials will be considered.
Demonstrated aptitude for operation, troubleshooting, and repair of mechanical, electrical, and electronic equipment typically found in Physics and Geology laboratories.
Basic computer skills, including the use of the Microsoft Office Suite.
Good problem solving skills, analytical ability, organization skills, and written and oral communication skills.
Ability to identify needed action without direction.
Experience working in a teaching laboratory setting.
Experience using computer-based laboratory equipment.
This is a part-time, non-benefited, contract position, not to exceed 18 hours per week. The hourly rate is $25.00.
Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.
Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: 98523
About Framingham State University
Framingham State University is a vibrant comprehensive liberal arts institution located just 20 miles west of Boston. Framingham State University is committed to Inclusive Excellence through collaborative and sustainable partnerships with faculty, staff, students and the greater community. At FSU, we encourage a supportive, diverse and collaborative environment in which we learn from each other through informed and open communication, institutional practices and community engagement. FSU provides a culturally relevant education that includes a beautiful campus with 53 undergraduate and graduate programs, a highly personalized teaching environment, and unparalleled commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.Framingham State University is honored to be recognized for the second year as a recipient of the INSIGHT into Diversity prestigious 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. The HEED award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.
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