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North Dakota State University

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The Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University is hiring a full-time, 11 month laboratory coordinator to support our teaching laboratories in Introductory Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Non-Majors Biology. All laboratory sections are taught in the new AG HILL classroom building. The state-or-the-art building houses classrooms, labs and study areas, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related (STEM) courses. Located next to the Memorial Union, the three-story, 109,000-square foot structure is designed to enhance student learning through interactive classrooms and updated labs.

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In this position, the lab coordinator will perform the following duties.


• Perform logistical support for labs as requested by lab teaching faculty

• Supervise associated lab staff

Oversee Procurement and Storage of Laboratory Equipment and Supplies:

• Monitor and perform basic maintenance on instructional equipment, arranging for repairs as needed

• Prepare samples/solutions as needed for teaching labs, applying appropriate techniques to ensure quality

• Maintain inventory of supplies and chemicals, including safety labeling

• Procure equipment and supplies

Oversee Maintenance of Laboratory Facilities:

• Manage laboratory prep spaces and classrooms

• Oversee handling, storage, and disposal of laboratory waste

• Maintain a safe and clean laboratory prep area and assist faculty and graduate teaching assistants with lab set-ups and clean-ups

• Maintain instructional cultures, animals, plants, and other specimens as needed

Assist with Instructional Materials:

• Assist with troubleshooting, developing, and updating instructional materials for teaching laboratories

• Manage budget for lab courses and work with teaching faculty to ensure equitable distribution of funds

Develop and Maintain Standard Operating Procedures:

• Work with lab instructors and teaching assistants to develop standard operating procedures for lab setups

• Develop standard operating procedures for laboratory equipment

• And Other Duties as Assigned

Minimum requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field plus three years of relevant experience • Experience working in a lab with standard biology lab equipment

• Exceptional oral, written, and organizational skills

• Effective interpersonal communication skills, demonstrated by past success in a collaborative professional environment.

• Ability to work with a diverse community in a respectful manner.

• Evidence of leadership skills

• Ability to prioritize projects and work independently

• Ability to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting (up to 50 lbs. unassisted), bending, climbing, or standing for extended periods of time

• Ability to handle and safely dispose of chemicals, solutions, and biohazardous materials

Preferred qualifications

• MS degree in biology or a closely related field

• Formal teaching experience in an academic science laboratory at the high school or college level

• Knowledge of basic microbiological methods

• Supervisory experience

• Ability to use PC-based software, including spreadsheets, data acquisition systems, and inventory tracking applications

Instructions for application: Application materials include: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching or mentoring philosophy and contact information for three professional references under Other Document 1. All application materials must be submitted electronically.

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