Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Laboratory Technician I 494784
Position Type: Staff
Position Number: 20112050
Department: Materials Instrumentation Center
Job Summary/Basic Function: Job Summary: The Laboratory Technician will collaborate with faculty, student and staff in the Science and Technology Building in the operations of instructional and research laboratories. The successful applicant is expected to actively facilitate the research/instructional activities of faculty and students in a clean and safe working environment. The selected candidate will provide expertise, mentoring and technical support to students, faculty, and staff in developing knowledge and solutions; and assist in implementing training programs and programmatic activities. In addition, the Laboratory technician will also perform testing, documentation, record keeping, housekeeping, routine maintenance on laboratory space where applicable, and manage inventory for consumables and supplies. The ideal candidate should be handy, organized, self-motivated, and a life-learner with an interest to support the teaching and research missions of Lamar University.
Essential Job Functions: 1. Maintain chemical & equipment inventory and ensure all supplies are within expiration dates. 2. Maintain operational logs of equipment and instrumentation. 3. Ensure equipment and instrumentation are in good operational condition in the Science and Technology building (troubleshoot issues, perform preventive maintenance and schedule repairs). 4. Place purchase orders; verify receipt and distribute supplies to investigators/instructors. 5. Evaluate data to determine potential issues related to quality control and implement corrective actions. 6. Assist project research teams in performing physical, chemical and biological analyses. 7. Maintain and clean laboratories, Makerspace and affiliated areas. 8. Perform annual departmental physical inventory check. 9. Troubleshoot and resolve computer/IT issues. 10. Attend and participate in group and project meetings. 11. Collaborate with other laboratory staff members as assigned by LU administrators.
Other duties may be assigned to this position on a regular or occasional basis to respond to needs of the university.
Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Education Required: A 2-year associated degree in laboratory operation or related areas.
Minimum Experience Required: At least 2-years experience operating in a team environment; At least 2-years experience operating analytical instrumentation or operating fabrication equipment; and At least 2-years experience working in an academic environment (teaching or research laboratory).
Key Competencies: Ability to troubleshoot and resolve laboratory issues independently; Ability to effectively communicate with a multi-cultural workforce; Ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; Experience building and maintaining an institutional culture that encourages and supports research and investigation; Experience in instrumental analysis (e.g., Ion Chromatography (IC), Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOC), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas chromatography (GC), and Ultraviolet-Visible spectrophotometry (UV-Vis) or reverse osmosis (RO) membrane filtration systems); and Knowledge in laboratory safety requirement and general sample treatments in a wet chemistry lab.
Physical Requirements: With or without accommodation. Will require an individual to perform physical tasks involved in a laboratory setting. Some activities could involve applicant to work outdoor in full sun, rain, heat and cold. Will frequently be required to perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, speak clearly and listening comprehension.
Job Conditions: This position may require occasional evening and/or weekends to meet university and departmental needs.
Lamar Expectation of Quality: Employee will support the mission of Lamar by providing high quality, professional services, timely responses, and solutions to customer requests.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: Bachelors Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) preferred.
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana