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Lab Technician

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 4406

Title: Lab Technician

Department: Natural Sciences

Essential Personnel: N

Job Family: Academic Administration

Job Sub-Family: Research

FLSA Classification: NE

Job Grade: 11

Grade Min: $39,923

Grade Mid: $46,910

UHD Succession Plan: N/A

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: In-Range

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: N

Motor Vehicle Record Check: N

Job Summary

The Lab Technician conducts a range of tasks supporting the efficient and safe preparation and conduct of biology and chemistry lab courses.


  • Assists faculty and students with their laboratory classes and with their research
  • Prepares and sets up labs to support chemistry courses
  • Designs and executes laboratory protocols and assists faculty with ensuring students understand the material and are able to apply their knowledge to real world situations
  • Ensures that the laboratory environment is kept neat and clean and is in compliance with standard safety regulations
  • Monitors the stockroom and maintains inventories of the chemicals and the supplies needed for classes
  • Troubleshoots analytical instruments
  • Participates in projects as required.
  • Assists professors with their daily duties

Marginal Duties

  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • May supervise student workers

Delegation of Work:

  • May assign work to subordinate(s)

Supervision Given:

  • May supervise student workers


Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, or a related field

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of one (1) year of related job experience


  • None required

Preferred Qualifications

  • None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of lab equipment and materials and related safety and operational protocols; knowledge of PCR;
  • Knowledge of PH


  • Good technical skills, including proficiency in MS Office and PeopleSoft;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


  • Ability to mix and dilute solutions precisely;
  • Ability to apply critical thinking and reasoning;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • Works in a laboratory environment

Physical Demands:

  • Work is normally performed in a laboratory environment. Individual may walk and stand for considerable periods, and has moderate exposure to physical risks
  • Work involves handling of reagents and instruments commonly associated with biology and chemistry labs, and will routinely involve exposure to potentially hazardous or cancer-causing agents or chemicals
  • Individual may be exposed to elements such as oils, dust, fumes, airborne particles, inclement weather, and extreme temperatures
  • May, on rare occasions, be required to work in a confined space or in a high dangerous place
  • May, on rare occasions, be required to work near moving mechanical parts, or be exposed to the risk of an electric shock
  • May, on rare occasions, be exposed to potentially hazardous bodily fluids
  • Individual may, on rare occasions be exposed to vibration
  • May occasionally be required to wear a respirator
  • Must have clarity of vision, good spatial awareness, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors
  • May be required to move items of up to 100lbs

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.


  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.


  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.


  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.

Communicates Effectively

  • Communicates clearly, concisely, and with courtesy.
  • Carefully listens to customer or thoroughly reads correspondence, and uses good judgment to respond appropriately. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Communicates requests for further action or resources to appropriate individuals with tact.

Equipment Operation

  • Demonstrates the essential skills required to use equipment and tools needed to perform job duties and responsibilities.
  • Follows maintenance and operation procedures and safety rules to minimize equipment malfunctions and prevent personal injuries.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.

Last updated 4/27/2022 6:11 AM