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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.

Student Success Indirect Support

  • Contributes to student success by assisting students with anything that supports their student experience, whether directly or indirectly.
  • Helps students navigate their way through the different offices, programs, and services at the university and/or connects students with the appropriate party(ies).
  • Connects students with services or resources that can help them with career exploration, goal selection, and ongoing academic assistance.
  • Helps students build peer support networks.
  • Encourages student participation in out-of-class activities.
  • Provides encouragement and guidance to foster student success.
  • Treats students with respect
  • Maintains the learning environment to ensure quality and/or sound pedagogy.

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