CSUMB Online Recruitment System

Human Resources
100 Campus Center
Tide Hall (map)
Seaside, California 93955-8001

Main Number: (831) 582-3389
TTY: (831) 582-3369



Chemistry/Biochemistry Laboratory Support Technician
Instructional Support Tech II

Science & Environmental Policy

Job #: MB2012-TA1742

This position may offer either an 11/12 or 12/12 month pay plan.

Open until filled. Application Screening Begins:

Bookmark and Share

California State University, Monterey Bay is distinctive in serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically underserved communities. The identity of the University is framed by substantive commitment to a multilingual, multicultural, intellectual community which enables students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries for innovative instruction, broadly defined scholarly and creative activity, and coordinated community service.

CSUMB is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State population.


Under the general supervision of the Chair of the Division of Science and Environmental Policy (SEP) and under the lead direction of the Science Laboratory Support Technician III, as part of the SEP instructional support team, the Laboratory Support Technician shall provide comprehensive services in support of chemistry and biochemistry laboratory activities for the academic programs within the Division of SEP. The Lab Support Technician also:

  1. Performs set-up and clean-up of science lab courses in organic, general, and analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and related disciplines. Supports other departmental science lab course offerings in biology, physics, geology, or environmental science as needed.
  2. Accurately maintains and controls existing inventories of lab supplies, equipment, and chemicals; provides specifications for laboratory supplies, chemicals, and equipment; follows up on orders and recordkeeping as needed.
  3. Troubleshoots, performs maintenance and repairs on specialized instrumentation and computer hardware/ software as needed for lab activities. Acts as a liaison with repair technicians from outside the department.
  4. Develops familiarity with safety aspects of all chemicals, equipment, and procedures used in science labs; organizes and updates safety information for access by students, instructors, staff, and community agencies. Prepares and labels lab materials and wastes for storage and disposal as needed, acting in compliance with University EHPS, Monterey County, and State of California guidelines and regulations.
  5. Provides training as necessary for faculty, staff, and students in the use of specialized lab and field instrumentation, and in specialized scientific procedures and protocols. Assists in the scheduling, checkout, and tracking of shared resources and space among multiple users.
  6. Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


Knowledge of: the principles and requirements of supporting science laboratory instruction; the methods, materials, and equipment integral to university-level science instruction.

Ability to: plan, prioritize, organize and schedule activities to meet both short-term and long-term deadlines; pay attention to detail and follow verbal and written instructions; operate, adjust, trouble-shoot and perform simple maintenance of scientific instrumentation; work both independently and interdependently in a rapidly evolving setting; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; communicate verbally and in writing in a cooperative, professional, and tactful manner within a diverse team of students, faculty, support staff, and related community organizations.


Equivalent to three (3) years of experience providing instructional support services for a college chemistry or biology discipline

OR the equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in chemistry courses with extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment may be substituted for one year of the required experience;

OR the equivalent to four (4) years of college with 16 semester units in chemistry courses with extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment may be substituted for two years of the required experience.


Thorough knowledge of office systems and ability to use a broad range of technology systems and packages including word processing, spreadsheet, and database.Demonstrated ability to address the essential functions associated with this position including the knowledge and abilities identified above.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Chemistry or related discipline with upper division coursework in chemistry or biochemistry. At least two (2) years experience as a laboratory technician where duties included direct responsibility for preparing labs for college courses in chemistry, biochemistry, or molecular and cell biology Experience operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting instrumentation and/or electronics used in college-level science courses. Experience training and providing oversight of students and/or support staff including instruction in scientific procedures and use of instruments. Experience procuring scientific supplies and equipment. Experience with the safe operation of hand and power tools. Technical fluency with Microsoft Office Professional Suite-Word, Excel, Access, Internet and intranet browsers, and and Google mail and calendaring programs. Highly desirable: Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the Core Values.


Must participate in all OSHA and University safety programs, as required, and follow all work safety guidelines. Flexible working schedule, must be able to work evenings and some weekends.


Includes working in the presence of or coming in contact with chemicals, biological materials, fumes and glass. Work involves risk of being exposed to fire, chemical reactions and electrical shock. Position requires bending; climbing; reaching; moving heavy objects, supplies and equipment; and applying force. Requires the use of a computer, power tools, and shop equipment. May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations.


$3,698 - $5,546 per month for the 12 month pay plan; or $3,390 - $5,084 per month for the 11/12 pay plan. The anticipated hiring salary is near or at entry level. CSUMB offers an attractive employee benefits package, CSU Benefits R09.

Note: The University Corporation atCSU Monterey Bay also providesaccess to affordable campus housing, Employee Housing.


All candidates must complete and sign a Background Check Consent Form specific to this position when interviewed at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). A Background Check includes an education verification (if applicable), confirmation of dates of employment/salaries and acriminal history check. A Background Check will be performed if you are a finalist for this position. The criminal history check will be conducted by a third-party agency prior to making the job offer to the successful candidate. InternalCSUMBApplicants: Finalists who are currently employed as a state employee at CSUMB are not required to undergo acriminal historybackground check.


A completed online application and resume must be received by the Human Resources by 5:00 p.m. on the priority screen date listed above to be guaranteed a review.. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned. CSUMB will not fax application materials.

For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-3389, or TDD at (800) 735-2929. For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library (map) or our Student Services Building first floor (map). Please check the links provided for the respective hours and the location of each site. CSUMB will not fax application materials.

CSUMB is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.