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Laboratory Operations Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

With the guidance of faculty members, coordinates operational activities in a multipurpose science teaching laboratory and associated laboratory materials storeroom. Also assists in preparation and set up of lecture demonstrations. Ensures that appropriate apparatus and supplies are set up and functioning properly and that Teaching Assistants know how to run experiments. Disassembles and returns equipment and supplies to the storage area. Items stocked in the storeroom include scientific equipment, chemicals and supplies. Manages procurement, inventory and disposal of chemicals in accordance with ASU regulations. This will include low levels of hazardous chemicals.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized class and not part of a series.

Examples of Duties:

  • Sets up, or coordinates staff who set up laboratory experiments including equipment and supplies; disassembles or supervises staff who disassemble laboratory experiments.
  • Requisitions, inventories and restocks supplies for the laboratories.
  • Assists faculty in development of experimental schedules and demonstrations for the semester's courses.
  • Advises faculty, staff and students regarding proper hazardous waste management techniques providing technical assistance as requested; refers major incidents to Environmental Health & Safety.
  • Monitors chemical waste program including ensuring that waste materials are handled and disposed of in accordance with ASU policies, including, but not limited to low level hazardous waste.
  • Acts as safety liaison, advises faculty, staff and students on proper storage, usage and safe handling of chemicals in accordance with applicable laboratory safety procedures to ensure security of laboratory facilities.
  • Monitors inventory/ordering by establishing and maintaining par levels and re-stocking points for standard laboratory supplies, equipment and instruments.
  • Monitors the receipt of shipments including, but not limited to: unpacks boxes, records damage or spillage, and compares packing slips with original purchase requisition/order to ensure entire order has been delivered; ensures that item are transferred to correct laboratory.
  • Monitors preparation and/or prepares chemicals, solutions and reagents in accordance with scheduled laboratory experiments.
  • Serves as a liaison for laboratory areas to outside vendors and university departments including: Risk Management, Police and Fire departments and Physical Resources to facilitate resolution of issues.
  • Assists in development of the budget; monitors expenditures; prepares and maintains a variety of financial and merchandising records and reports. Enters information into the University-wide data base of chemicals.
  • Attends meetings with faculty and teaching assistants to discuss modifications of experiments.
  • Assists faculty in development of new experiments as requested.
  • Maintains equipment, performs calibrations and minor repairs. Arranges for major repairs.
  • Maintains live animals for display in labs or for teaching purposes in accordance with ASU Animal Care Regulations.
  • Follows established procedures to prepare solutions, media and reagents using standard calculations for measuring; performs library research to find appropriate procedures, as required.
  • Cleans glassware and other laboratory equipment or materials using appropriate standards. Keeps laboratory area clean.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of laboratory operation.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal rules/regulations on hazardous materials management.
  • Knowledge of chemical compatibility and hazard classes.
  • Knowledge of all applicable standards, regulations, guidelines and requirements effecting operations of an animal research lab including, but not limited to: OSHA and Animal Practice Management.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques of budgeting, purchasing and inventory management.
  • Knowledge of the proper and safe handling, use and disposal of laboratory waste, instruments, specimens and equipment.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of chemistry within a laboratory setting.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication including computer literacy.
  • Skill in coordinating the work of others.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations in a multipurpose laboratory setting
  • Ability to work effectively in an environment subject to quickly changing and potentially conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to apply knowledge and understanding of basic principles of sterile lab procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in a chemistry or closely related field with at least one (1) year experience in a laboratory setting with responsibility for hazardous material management OR, Five (5) 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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