Senior Laboratory Technician, Chemistry - California, United States job with South Orange County Community College District | 37351790 (2023)


Senior Laboratory Technician, Chemistry

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Job Opening Date:

October 28, 2022

Job Closing Date:


Irvine Valley College

Work Location:

Irvine, CA

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Work Days:

Monday - Friday

Work Hours:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Schedule and shift are subject to change inaccordance with department needs)

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Starting at $5,807 per month

Required Documents:

Resume and Cover Letter; Letter of Recommendation optional

Job Description:

C.S.E.A. Classified Bargaining Unit Salary Range 130
Initial Screening Date: November 14, 2022

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list ofthe range of duties performed by employees in the class.Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performedwithin the job.


Under direction from a Dean or other administrator, performscomplex technical work in a chemistry laboratory environment;exercises judgment and initiative in preparing and supplying allchemistry laboratory sections prior to the start of each class;supervises the preparation, handling and disposal of all chemicalsaccording to proper safety practices and in compliance with allenvironmental regulations; provides a high level of academicassistance to assigned instructors; may oversee and provide leaddirection to Lab Technician positions, part time hourly staffand/or student volunteers.


Positions in the Senior Lab Technician class are distinguished fromthe Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed and thecomplexity and range of duties assigned. Employees assume greaterresponsibility for more technical aspects of a learning program,perform at a skill level with a considerable degree ofindependence, and operate complex apparatus, equipment andmachines. The Senior Lab Technician is expected to possessextensive technical and academic training and experience in thechemistry field, operate and maintain all the instruments in thechemistry department, including the associated printers; handlehazardous materials; oversee and manage assigned budgets; specify,order and inventory laboratory equipment, supplies and materials;ensure all chemical and material waste is disposed of in accordanceand compliance with current environmental and regulatoryrequirements; and ensure that operations and procedures within theChemistry stockroom are safe and in compliance with currentenvironmental and OSHA regulations. Employees at this level arerequired to be fully trained in all procedures related to chemistryarea of responsibility and are fully aware of the operatingpolicies and procedures of the work unit.


The following duties are typical for this classification.Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may berequired to perform additional or different duties from those setforth below to address business needs and changing businesspractices.

1. Ensure all sections of laboratory classes have sufficientchemicals and equipment in the labs prior to the start of classes.Ensure chemical and material wastes from each lab sections arecollected and disposed of in compliance with appropriate safety andenvironmental regulations.

2. Assist faculty, when requested, with set-up of laboratorydemonstrations, including the demonstration of proper care andcleaning of lab equipment.

3. Assist instructors in developing experiments and laboratoryactivities; develop and prepare lab practicum tests, study sheets,visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, andlaboratory experiments.

4. Assist faculty in resolving technical experimentationproblems.

5. Assist instructors, as needed in demonstrating safety andemergency procedures in class and laboratory situations.

6. Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; diagnose andrepair malfunctioning laboratory equipment; maintain, clean andtest equipment relating to chemistry.

7. Oversee the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials andequipment; acquire and maintain an inventory of materials forinstructional programs including but not limited to a variety ofspecimen collections, chemicals, laboratory supplies, glassware,books, slides and films; store, discard and rotate materialsaccording to standard procedures; receive, assemble and test newequipment.

8. Prepare the chemistry department budget for all laboratoryclasses in the Chemistry department; prepare cost estimates forbudget recommendations; submit justifications for budget items;monitor and control expenditures.

9. May oversee and provide lead direction to Lab Technicianpositions, part time hourly staff and/or student volunteers.

10. Check out and collect borrowed equipment including but notlimited to gas chromatographs, spectrophotometers, analyticalbalances, voltmeters, power tools, calculators and model sets;inspect equipment and materials for proper condition uponreturn.

11. Prepare solutions and mixtures of chemicals for assignedlaboratory use; dispense and label chemicals in appropriatecontainers.

12. Monitor and dispose of chemicals and chemical waste; identify,collect and store unwanted and expired chemicals in compliance withestablished safety guidelines and procedures.

13. Maintain de-ionized water purification system and monitorsystem for maintenance needs.

14. Respond to inquiries and requests for information; answerphones; relay messages for faculty and staff.

15. Respond to laboratory emergencies including injuries andchemical spills.

16. Perform related duties as required.


The following generally describes the knowledge and abilityrequired to enter the job and/or be learned within a short periodof time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment andmaterials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area.

Advanced theories and applications of the assigned scientificdiscipline. Advanced principles and practices of laboratoryoperations.

Methods and techniques used in handling and disposing of hazardouschemicals.

Proper methods of storing equipment, materials, chemicals andsupplies used within the assigned laboratory. Advanced mathematicalprinciples and scientific concepts. Must be capable of performingstoichiometric and

concentration-type calculations.

Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers andapplicable software applications such as word processing,spreadsheets, and databases.

Basic principles and practices of budget preparation andadministration.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:

Perform complex technical work in an instructional learningenvironment for a highly technical or complex subject area.

Perform duties at an advanced skill level with a considerabledegree of independence.

Provide assistance to instructors on matters related to assignedlaboratories.

Provide assistance to instructors in the development of laboratoryexperiments and demonstrations. Correctly and efficiently set uplaboratory equipment and materials used in exercises andexperiments.

Safely mix and dispense solutions for chemistry labexperiments.

Properly store and dispose of hazardous chemicals and materials.Troubleshoot and repair electronic and mechanical equipment.

Anticipate resource needs of the department and individualinstructors.

Operate, understand the mechanical function of, and perform routinemaintenance and repairs on, laboratory equipment within assignedarea.

Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules andregulations. Ensure adherence to safe work practices andprocedures.

Participate in budget preparation and administration.

Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructionalprograms. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and inwriting.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with thosecontacted in the course of work.


Any combination of education and experience that would likelyprovide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. Atypical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college oruniversity with major course work in chemistry.


Two years of increasingly responsible experience in monitoring andimplementing a laboratory program.


Possession of a valid certificate in hazardous materials managementor equivalent may be required.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be metby an employee to successfully perform the essential functions ofthis job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enableindividuals with disabilities to perform the essential jobfunctions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a laboratorysetting; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, noise, dust,grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, and gases; work withlaboratory equipment and apparatus; may work in, near, or withwater. Moderate exposure to risks controlled by safetyprecautions.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physicalability and mobility to work in a laboratory setting; to stand orsit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend,kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pullmoderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate laboratoryequipment and apparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and finecoordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; mayrequire the wearing of safety glasses or goggles, lab coat, rubberor plastic gloves, respirators or face shields.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or withoutcorrection.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or withoutcorrection.


Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessaryprecautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside inCalifornia while employed with the South Orange County CommunityCollege District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you foryour continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing ofstudents, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities itserves. Beginning January 8, 2022, all employees and volunteersmust be fully vaccinated (as defined by the Centers for DiseaseControl) against COVID-19 unless approved as exempt due to averified disability/medical condition or sincerely held religiousbelief (as defined in federal or state laws and regulations). Moreinformation can be found on our District website by visiting


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603,requires that employers obtain documentation from every newemployee which authorizes that individual to accept employment inthis country.


A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retireemay not accept employment until after the first 180 days ofretirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanentemployment with this District will be required to reinstate as anactive CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additionalinformation regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers RetirementSystem (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District toperform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible toelect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS


If you require special accommodations in the application and/orselection process, please notify District Human Resources at leasttwo (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial ScreeningDate, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail


Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, toassigned job.


Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can befound at or Paper copies areavailable in the District Human Resources office uponrequest.


The South Orange County Community College District is committed tocreating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity,equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensuresthat students, faculty, management and staff of all backgroundsfeel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture ofbelonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique andspecial place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity andinclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity ofCalifornia and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understandingof diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, genderidentity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present withinour community. When you join our District, you can expect to bepart of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusivecommunity that approaches higher education with the lens of socialjustice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff,administration, and community partners. In deciding whether toapply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouragedto consider whether your values align with our District’s missionand goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Important: You must make sure that you have completedyour application for a posting by 11:59p.m., Pacific Time, on the posting's Job Close Date, alongwith any required documents, in order to be considered forthe position.

Applicants must complete all fields/sections on the application. Donot type "See Resume" or leave any fields blank. Applicants mustenter their work experience, education, etc. on the Districtapplication. Applications reflecting "See Resume" will beconsidered incomplete and will not be considered forrecruitment.

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