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Laboratory Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Oversees and coordinates operational activities in a teaching laboratory or in a university-wide research and teaching animal surgery facility, ensuring that experiments are set up and functioning properly and that teaching assistants, researchers and technicians know how to run the experiments and/or perform the surgeries.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of three classifications. Incumbents may be required to work with hazardous materials.

Examples of Duties:

  • Assists faculty and/or researchers with planning the experiments and/or surgeries, recommending supplies and equipment.
  • Sets up, or coordinates students or staff who set up laboratory experiments or surgeries, including equipment and supplies; disassembles or supervises students or staff who disassemble laboratory experiments or clean facilities after surgeries.
  • Assists faculty by preparing animals for surgery, administering anesthesia and performing or assisting with surgeries.
  • Inventories, requisitions and restocks supplies for the laboratories.
  • Assists supervisor in the supervision and training of Teaching Assistants and/or Technicians; answers questions concerning experiments and/or surgeries and trains on equipment usage and proper techniques.
  • Attends meetings with faculty, researchers and/or Teaching Assistants to discuss changes and modifications in laboratory experiments and/or surgeries.
  • Monitors equipment for proper functioning, performs minor repairs and calibrations on equipment and contacts appropriate party to perform major repairs.
  • Maintains records of student grades and posts test scores.
  • Ensures that the proper number of tests and handouts are available for each laboratory.
  • Maintains live animals or display in labs for teaching purposes.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of laboratory operation.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in coordinating the work of others.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND one year laboratory activities or related experience; OR, Five years of laboratory activities or related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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