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Company: University of California
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Under the general supervision of an Academic Coordinator (the Introductory Biology Program Academic Coordinator) and under the direct supervision of the Lab Manager, the Lab Coordinator is responsible for a wide variety of duties in support of a large operation of bio teaching labs. These labs are for the series of courses in Introductory Biology which are composed for approximately 3,000 students during the regular academic year. The labs run over 12 hours/day, 5 days per week. The Lab Coordinator is responsible for the preparation of the solutions, media, specimens, and other materials that will be required for use in the labs, the weekly break down of the previous lab and the set-up of the current lab exercises, maintenance of cultures, and animal husbandry. These exercises cover the following topics biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, ecology, evolution, animal and plant physiology, diversity of animals, plants, fungi, protists, and prokaryotes. Other duties include being available and knowledgeable to provide materials and guidance to the graduate-student teachers for their lab sections. The Lab Coordinator will also assist with supervising and training graduate-student teachers in how to run their lab sections including how to conduct the lab exercises.

The Lab Coordinator must be capable of performing these duties with only a general amount of supervision and must be able to interact in a positive and helpful way with a relatively large number of faculty, staff, and students (both graduate teaching assistants and undergraduates).


Minimum Requirements

BA/BS in Biology or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of one year experience working in Research/Instructional laboratory/academic environment. Excellent oral/written communication skills. Must have problem-solving skills ability to set priorities within a complex fast pace environment. Must have acute skills for attention to the finest of details with safely as a top priority. Experience applying scientific and engineering principles and practices to perform technical services and support. Experience with data analysis, experimental process, design, and development of prototypes, equipment, and/or systems related to area of specialization. Ability to write clear documentation, perform administrative duties, and research protocol maintenance related to research studies and/or scientific/engineering projects. Experience with software applications, systems, or programs relevant for the job. Ability to interpret and determine validity of data and check own work. Ability to communicate, liaise, and work with staff, students, faculty, and outside vendors.

Desirable Requirements

Prior laboratory/classroom experience.

Special Conditions of Employment

Satisfactory criminal history background check

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