Instructional Associate (Senior Lab Technician) - Chemistry 2018

MiraCosta College
Oceanside, California
May 08, 2018
Jun 01, 2018
Field of specialization
General / Technical
Job Type
Full time

Instructional Associate (Senior Lab Technician) - Chemistry 2018


MiraCosta College


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Discipline or Department: Chemistry


Position Type: Staff/Classified


Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary: Starting $5,547.50 per month


Working Hours: One regular full-time, classified staff (non-teaching) position, 40 hours per week, 10 months per year. This is an "extended day" position, subject to possible fluctuations in daily working hours, and may be exempt from compensation for overtime in excess of 8 hours in one day. Hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a week period shall be compensated on an overtime basis. May work day and/or evening hours with occasional weekends on an as-needed basis. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.


Special Instructions to Applicants:


Apply and submit application materials through MiraCosta College's online application system at Once you are in the system, we strongly advise you to read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and the information on "How to Apply" before starting the application process.


In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:


1. Application for Classified Employment. All experience relevant to this position must be listed on the application form.


2. Cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" describing how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, representative duties, and knowledge and abilities as described in the job posting.


3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.


4. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated above. Unofficial or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.


If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.


NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will eventually be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answers will appear toward the bottom of the application form.


- MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. Describe your own commitment to diversity and how you will meet the minimum qualifications of "sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic background of community college students."


- Describe your experience, if any, maintaining and operating instruments for chemical analysis, such as FTIR, NMR, UV-VIS spectrometers, MS, liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and Vernier LabPro.


- Describe your experience, if any, working with vendors, ordering, budgeting and maintaining inventory in a chemical stockroom.


- Describe your experience, if any, with regulatory practices involving chemical waste or safety standards in a chemistry environment.


The screening and interview committee will review application materials three to four weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.


Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 2) submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; and 4) fingerprint clearance.


Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.


Retired STRS members are not eligible for these positions.


Basic Function and Other Details:


Under general supervision, lead and participate in the work of Instructional Assistants and student assistants engaged in preparing laboratory equipment, materials and supplies to support student learning in assigned science laboratories; coordinate and manage multiple science laboratories in different building and campus locations; prepare and track laboratory budgets and prepare purchase requisitions; provide assistance to instructors in developing laboratory demonstrations and experiments; Works with faculty in preparing demonstrations, modifying lab activities and developing new experiments to support classroom learning.


Representative Duties:


(E = essential job function)


Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


1) Prepare, develop, explain and demonstrate learning exercises and instructional materials to aid in student comprehension of course work; present information to students and instructional personnel in a logical, accurate and interesting manner. Provide information on available learning resources. [E]


2) Assist instructors, staff and students in the use of a variety of equipment, materials and supplies in an instructional laboratory setting, including computer hardware and software applications; design, modify and enforce lab procedures and policies. [E]


3) Monitor students in class work procedures; encourage student participation; check student work; demonstrate safety and emergency procedures in classroom, lab and workshop situations; assure security of lab materials, equipment, machinery, and computers. [E]


4) Establish and monitor lab schedules; set up and supervise labs, prepare and issue materials; dispose of materials, check in tools, equipment and materials; maintain appropriate records. [E]


5) Provide work direction training to Instructional Assistants and student workers or interns; verify payroll records. [E]


6) Participate in the planning, design and construction of department instructional facilities.


7) Develop or assist in developing department budgets; coordinate purchases and other expenditures; monitor accounts and request transfer of funds as appropriate; maintain records and prepare related reports. [E]


8) Order, receive, catalog and store supplies, materials and equipment; direct and participate in inventory of lab equipment and materials, assuring that adequate quantities are available for instructional use; mark equipment with approved identification. Provide technical assistance in the preparation of specifications for equipment and material purchases; interview vendors to assess new equipment and supplies and recommend selection as requested. [E]


9) Maintain learning environment in a safe, clean and orderly condition; make minor repairs and adjustments to learning equipment; perform more complex or technical repairs and create specialized tools, instruments, equipment or facilities as needed. [E]


10) Assist in developing recruitment programs for prospective and continuing students; assist in recruiting students for assigned programs through industry organizations, committees and area high schools as assigned. [E]


11) Operate and instruct others in the use of a variety of technical or specialized equipment related to area of specialty including computers and related equipment, calibrated scientific equipment, hand and power tools and large machinery as required. [E]


12) Perform related duties as assigned.


Type of Benefits:


Starting $5,547.50 per month and a full benefit package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages; and membership in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).


Minimum Qualifications:


To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:


1. Education equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry or a closely related scientific discipline AND one year of related work experience; OR


2. An Associate degree AND four years of related work experience.


(IMPORTANT: for work experience, a "year" is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.)


To view MiraCosta College's equivalency guidelines for classified positions go to d_Positions.pdf


Desirable Qualifications:



1. At least two years' experience working in a chemistry laboratory, preferably in an instructional setting.


2. Experience in the following: preparing experiments and prep sheets for chemistry lab course; chemical stockroom organization, upkeep and inventory; maintaining and operating instruments for chemical analysis, such as FTIR, NMR, UV-VIS spectrometers, liquid chromatography and gas chromatography.


3. Working with PC computers, especially computer-based control of instruments, inventory systems, and Vernier LabPro.


4. Strong organizational skills in inventory management, budgeting, ordering chemicals and supplies, preparing experiments, maintaining lab schedules, etc.


5. OSHA HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) certification.


6. Ability to perform simple mechanical and/or electronic repairs.


7. Proficiency with MS Word, MS Excel, and other job-related software and ability to learn PeopleSoft Financials system.


8. Attend faculty meetings, participate on committees and attend conferences, classes and workshops to maintain, update and increase knowledge and skills in the chemistry field.


9. Provide information on available resources to students; encourage student participation and advise students regarding learning materials available.


10. Prepare, distribute, and explain orientation materials for instructional personnel and students.


11. Operate District vehicles as required.


12. Ability to work and communicate effectively with instructors and students.


13. Ability to work well under pressure and deal with unexpected situations.


14. Experience and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an Instructional Associate.


Licenses and Other Requirements:


Closing Date: 5-29-2018


First Screening Date:


Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854


About MiraCosta College


The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 114 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, and parts of Camp Pendleton.


MiraCosta offers undergraduate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomanufacturing.


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