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Laboratory Coordinator Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Oversees and coordinates the operational activities in a teaching laboratory and lecture halls, ensuring that experiments and demonstrations are set up and functioning properly and that teaching assistants know how to run the experiments. Develops and recommends new experiments and demonstrations and supervises Teaching Assistants, as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from the Laboratory Coordinator in that incumbents plan the budget, design experiments, write and re-write instructions for experiments and devise laboratory policies. Incumbents may be required to work with hazardous material.

Examples of Duties:

  • Plans and supervises the set up or sets up laboratory experiments including assembling equipment, selecting and/or preparing reagents and solutions; supervises the disassembling or disassembles laboratory experiments.
  • Supervises, schedules and trains Teaching Assistants for the laboratories; answers questions concerning experiments and trains on equipment usage.
  • Develops and implements schedule of experiments and demonstrations for semester's courses.
  • Plans and monitors an annual budget for laboratory and lecture theater operation.
  • Develops, tests, modifies and/or recommends experiments, lectures, demonstrations and techniques to better meet course objectives.
  • Writes or re-writes laboratory and lecture demonstration instructions to assist faculty, teaching assistants and students.
  • Inventories, requisitions and restocks supplies for the laboratories and lecture halls.
  • Performs electronic and mechanical repairs and calibrations on equipment, or contacts appropriate party to perform repairs.
  • Recommends new equipment for the laboratories and lecture halls.
  • Compiles statistics such as laboratory and lecture hall utilization figures.
  • Monitors projects with regard to progress and cost.
  • Develops microcomputer programs to computerize laboratory records and for use in lectures and laboratory work.
  • Assists in design of new or modifications of existing facilities.
  • Coordinates audio-visual, computer and tutorial facilities and materials.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of computerized or automated systems.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of laboratory operation.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in supervising and coordinating the work of others.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND one year laboratory or related experience which includes one year supervisory experience; OR, Bachelors degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years laboratory or related experience; OR, Seven years of laboratory 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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