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Science Laboratory Technician (Physics & Engineering)

Ohlone College
Job Location:
Fremont, 94539-5847
Laboratory and Research
Science Laboratory Technician (Physics & Engineering)

Ohlone College

Salary: $59,148.00 - $75,528.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Division: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Opening Date: 03/28/2024
Location: Fremont Campus - Newark Center - and/or eCampus
Job Number: 202300094
Department: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Bargaining Unit: California School Employees Association (CSEA)

Ideal Candidate Statement

The ideal candidate for this position will be someone who:
  • Possesses lab skills required to set up, troubleshoot and maintain college-level labs and demos in engineering and physics.
  • Is a team player who works in consultation with faculty.
  • Is able to consult user manuals and implement the technical instructions therein to ensure all lab setups and demos are functional ahead of the lab sessions.
  • Has working knowledge of basic physics and engineering principles, and possesses skills and experience in machining, electronics and instrumentation repair.
  • Is familiar with the equipment used in engineering and physics labs (for example: analog and digital multi-meters, oscilloscopes, material testing, 3D printers, drones, power supplies and mechanical sensors).
  • Has experience in creating the interface between computers and data acquisition sensors, and using with software for data acquisition and processing.
  • Is able to construct simple fixtures and rigs for lab and demo setups.
  • Conducts periodic checks to ascertain the proper working condition of all equipment and, if applicable, troubleshoot and/or initiate and manage service requests to repair failing equipment.
  • Ensures that all lab and demonstration equipment is stored in a safe and organized manner, fully inventoried and documented, accessible to all users at any time of the workweek.
  • Possesses excellent documentation skills, manages technical instruction sheets, lab write-ups, purchase orders, vendor information, repair and surplus orders and services.
  • Pays strong attention to and follows safety regulations.
  • Possesses good technical writing and verbal communication skills; helps faculty in creating and improving lab instructions and is able to explain a demonstration or lab setup to a faculty member or visitor, when needed.
  • Keeps abreast of new laboratory exercises and technologies in engineering and physics, and discusses innovations with faculty.
  • Has experience in a physics/engineering lab in an educational or industry setting highly desirable and preferred.
Position Description
Under general supervision, the position supports science courses by setting up labs, setting up equipment, preparing specimens and other lab materials. The position is responsible for maintaining all lab equipment, materials, supply levels, and for ensuring lab materials are functional. The position is responsible for storing and disposing of hazardous waste materials.

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Prepares various solutions for laboratory activities;
  2. Assembles new equipment and install in the appropriate laboratory;
  3. Prepares equipment and materials for biology, microbiology, chemistry, anatomy, biotechnology, physics, engineering, engineering technology, and physiology laboratory demonstrations and exercises;
  4. Prepares aqueous and non-aqueous reagents;
  5. Prepares mammalian and bacterial cell cultures aseptically;
  6. Freezes specimens and materials to store as appropriate;
  7. Dispense proper quantities of materials;
  8. Monitors the use and cleanliness of lab equipment and materials to ensure the safety of students;
  9. Stores hazardous waste materials, chemicals, and specimens;
  10. Arranges for proper disposal of bio-hazardous waste and hazardous waste materials;
  11. Performs minor repairs including necessary calibrations to apparatuses and equipment;
  12. Enters data into various records and reports such as, but not limited to, hazardous waste reports, chemical inventories, logbook, preparation sheets, and other documents related to laboratory operations and activities;
  13. Contacts vendors to resolve issues and discrepancies with equipment;
  14. Conducts inventory of lab equipment, supplies, and materials to ensure adequate stock levels;
  15. Provides lead direction to unclassified staff by developing work schedules and assigning duties;
  16. Assist with inputting and providing budget management support and monitor the local lab budget to ensure the availability of funds to maintain sufficient supplies for the whole academic year;
  17. Work with faculty to guide/make recommendation for safe laboratory activities
  18. Demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of the Colleges' students, faculty, staff and community;
  19. Effectively engage and support historically disproportionately impacted groups by addressing issues of equity and improving culturally responsive service-oriented practices.
  20. Performs related duties as assigned
  1. Common science laboratory equipment such as, but not limited to, microscopes, Bunsen burners, scales, test tubes, beakers, and flasks.
  2. Common science laboratory specimens and chemicals used in biology, microbiology, chemistry, anatomy, biotechnology, physics, engineering, engineering technology, and physiology laboratory
  3. Proper procedures of handling and disposing of hazardous waste
  4. Methods of storing chemicals and specimens
  5. General office software and equipment
  1. Apply knowledge of common science laboratory equipment to set up labs in support of instructional courses, ensure equipment is adequate operating conditions, assemble and install equipment, and properly clean and store such equipment
  2. Apply knowledge of common science laboratory specimens and chemicals to properly handle such items, properly store such items and set up lab materials according to instructor direction.
  3. Apply knowledge of the proper procedures of handling and disposing of hazardous waste to ensure the proper storage of such materials, ensure the safety of students when handling such materials, and to adhere to proper regulations when disposing of such materials
  4. Apply knowledge of the methods of storing specimens to ensure such items are in proper condition to use in laboratory settings
  5. Use general office software to develop reports, aggregate data, and communicate with District staff
  1. Maintain up to date of proper safety methods in handling and storing of hazardous material and equipment
  2. Ensure the safety and conditions of laboratory materials
  3. Perceive color in chemical solutions[MF1]
  4. Maintain the laboratory environment in a safe and orderly condition
  5. Effectively maintain equipment in proper working order
  6. Maintain records related to work performed and inventory
  7. Effectively ensure that all interactions with students and staff exhibit sensitivity and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, District staff, and departmental visitors
  8. Effectively prioritize assignments and meet deadlines
  9. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  10. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with District staff, students, and departmental stakeholders
Minimum Qualifications
Any combination equivalent to: bachelor's degree with course work in science, chemistry, biology, physics or a related field and two years laboratory experience.
Must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices.

Physical Characteristics
This position requires physical abilities needed to work in a standard office setting, including but not limited to: standing and/or sitting for prolonged periods; occasional stooping, bending, kneeling, and twisting; occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling light and moderate amounts of weight; operating office equipment which may require repeated fine motor skills (e.g.: keyboard use); and the ability to communicate in written and verbal forms. The position requires vision and hearing in normal ranges (with or without correction) sufficient to operate any assigned equipment and the ability to clearly communicate with others in written and verbal forms.
In addition to the above, this position will necessitate working in a lab environment with and/or around chemicals and other fume-generating hazardous substances and objects. The work will require the safe handling of lab equipment and supplies, including objects of substantial weight and size.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Application Materials: The below items must be uploaded as attachments for your application to be complete and considered.
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae;
  2. A cover letter addressing the listed desirable qualifications and personal/professional qualities;
  3. A list of three (3) professional references including name, position, organization, phone number, email, and relationship to the applicant;
  4. Diversity question response: What does it mean to have a commitment to diversity, and how would you apply this commitment as you conduct your responsibilities in this position?
Foreign Transcripts
Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline. Here is a list of approved foreign degree evaluations services: (Download PDF reader)

District Statement
Founded in 1967, Ohlone College is named in honor of the early Ohlone People who inhabited the San Francisco Bay Area. Ohlone College is committed to providing a high-quality education to serve our diverse population of over 15,000 students per year. Ohlone College is nationally recognized for our Deaf Studies and Interpreter Preparation programs, and is widely known for our nursing, health sciences, liberal arts, biomedical science, and smart manufacturing programs. As a learning community, we embrace and champion inclusivity, integrity, student expression, global citizenship, and continuous improvement.

Ohlone College is one of the top-ranked community colleges in California, serving the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Our campuses in Fremont and Newark are centrally located in the East Bay between San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. This region is known as a hub of innovation and economic activity, and home to some of the most advanced manufacturing, biomedical research, and clean energy companies in California, including Tesla, Meta, Seagate, and Lam Research.

The main campus in Fremont is located near Interstate 680 at the base of Mission Peak, just south of the historic Mission San Jose, and is the primary gateway to year-round hiking, biking, and hang gliding in the Mission Peak Regional Preserve. The Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology is located near Interstate 880 in a hub of new residential and commercial development. The two campuses are connected by shuttle to each other and the Warm Springs BART station, which offers convenient access to public transit throughout the Bay Area.

EEO Statement
The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants. If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

Conditions of Employment
Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts, proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition, you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal "Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986." Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance. Employees must be California residents on their date of hire and for the duration of their employment with Ohlone Community College District.

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986
Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.

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