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This is responsible, professional technical, and supervisory work in the coordination of a laboratory instructional program in a major unit, school, or college.

Work involves planning and supervising laboratory training sessions for students, preparing behavioral objectives, and developing materials to be used in the laboratory program. Work also involves counseling students relative to problems associated with the laboratory programs associated with the laboratory program. Work is performed with considerable independence under the general direction of an administrative superior. Work is reviewed through observation of results, reports, and conferences.


Supervises the activities of graduate teaching assistants assigned to teach introductory courses in the laboratory.

Schedules teaching times, quizzes, examinations, proctoring times, and open laboratory times.

Orients graduate teaching assistants to the methods and materials used in teaching each laboratory experiment or exercise.

Develops materials to be used in laboratory programs including visual teaching aids, video mini-courses, and new laboratory experiments or exercises.

Prepares behavioral objectives and evaluates instruments for each laboratory exercise.

Cooperates with technical staff in the ordering and preparation of materials to be used in laboratory instruction.

Assists course coordinators with the administration of courses including the coordination of topics between lecture and laboratory, administration of examinations, and grading of students.

Prepares instruments for student evaluation of graduate teaching assistants and analyzes data pertaining to the effectiveness of the teaching staff.

Counsels with students regarding problems associated with the laboratory program.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a masters degree in biology, chemistry, or a closely related area; and some experience related to this class of work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, and techniques used in laboratory work.

Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, biology, and bacteriology.

Considerable knowledge of the use of laboratory apparatus and equipment.

Ability to organize, communicate, teach, and work with others in an effective manner.

Ability to supervise the work of others.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.



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