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The Natural Science Resource Specialist manages the chemistry and biology department stockrooms and associated spaces, including purchasing, inventory management, and handling of chemicals and supplies; organizes inventory, routine maintenance, and repair of equipment; supervises student workers; and provides support for teaching and research spaces in the chemistry and biology departments. Oversees operation of support spaces, such as NMR laboratory and the universal preparation laboratory (SC 203) and associated instrumentation, including dishwasher, autoclave.
This position is contingent upon funding and will be reassessed in 1 year.
Serve as purchasing agent for the chemistry and biology departments. ? Prepare bid lists for general chemicals and reagents, supplies, and equipment; obtain quotes and negotiate with vendors to encourage maximum cost savings. ? Manage the purchasing, receiving, distribution, and record keeping of chemicals, biologicals, and laboratory equipment for all teaching and research activities in the chemistry and biology departments. ? Manage multiple budgets in the chemistry and biology departments. Maintain detailed records of purchase and billing transactions; help manage chemistry and biology department accounts and credit card statements. ? Oversee computerized chemical inventory on the Vertere system for the chemistry, biology, and physics departments. ? Maintain a complete record of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all students and faculty using chemicals in the Science Center. ? Manage the storage of gas cylinders in the Science Center. ? Organize the routine inventory and checking of equipment in teaching and research spaces; handle routine maintenance and repair of equipment; coordinate these efforts with the responsible chemistry or biology department faculty member. ? Maintain records for proper accounting for grant and departmental funds. ? Maintain the reverse osmosis water system for the Science Center. ? Supervise and train student employees who assist with operations, Ensure that proper safety procedures are followed in the Chemistry and Biology Stockrooms. ? Provide support for chemistry and biology faculty as needed for their courses; this may include gathering items for laboratories and running local errands for supplies. Problem Solving: • Able to independently resolve problems with orders, invoices, budgets. • Troubleshoot equipment, materials and other issues Teaching and Research • Assistants present related to lab preparation. Communication: • Able to communicate with faculty and students • Able to communicate with vendors for ordering, problem resolution, pricing and quote negotiation • Able to communicate with other departments (Financial Affairs, Purchasing, Physics, Environmental Health and Safety) Complexity of Tasks: • Financial budgets and purchasing tasks are often complex and unique • Research and teaching supply and equipment needs within the life sciences are complex and unique. Leadership Skills: • Establish a culture of safety and cleanliness through training sessions, lab inspections, maintaining safety signage and ongoing safety campaign. • Encourage responsible use of university resources through example and reminder. • Supervise, coordinate, and train student workers Initiative/Creativity: • Is expected to research prices and select best options • Must be aware of inventory levels and place orders at own discretion • Must anticipate the needs of faculty and place orders accordingly
Bachelor’s degree ? Basic background in chemistry and/or biology and interest in science; training in safe handling of chemicals and biohazards. ? Basic knowledge of scientific materials, chemicals and equipment. ? Demonstrated organizational, computer, and professional communication skills;
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology or a related discipline ? 1-3 years’ experience in discipline and working in a university setting ? Previous experience with spreadsheets and budget management ? Vertere and SDS Software knowledge
Ability to lift at least 30 lbs. and move heavy gas cylinders and other equipment
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