AESES - Lab Assistant

Lab Assistant
Revision Date: August 2005

Classification: Lab Assistant
Unit: AESES
Hay Point Range: 90 – 125

CHARACTER OF THE JOB

This is an introductory level of laboratory worker. Incumbents at this level work under close supervision from a laboratory steward, technician or academic staff member. Incumbents are normally required to clean and maintain a laboratory in an orderly condition, especially glassware. Supervision of other employees is not a requirement at this level; however, incumbents may be required to assist in the introductory training of new employees hired to positions of the same level.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Cleans and sterilizes laboratory glassware, utensils and equipment; performing acid cleaning if and when required.
  • Operates autoclave, drying ovens, balances, pipettes as required.
  • Prepares glassware for experiments following written instructions.
  • Does general dusting and cleaning duties in a laboratory or equipment storage area.
  • Handles lab coats for weekly laundry including keeping records of numbers sent and received.
  • Collects materials and runs errands as required.
  • Prepares and dispenses routine laboratory solutions and culture media following a prescribed formula or procedure.
  • Is required to obtain knowledge of and comply with safety policies applicable to the workplace.
  • Assists with preparation/sterilization of cell culture media.
  • Autoclave, package and arrange for pick-up of biohazardous materials.
  • Accept and sign for deliveries such as laboratory and office supplies, courier packages, etc.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

High school completion.

Experience

  • No experience required as "on-the-job" training is provided.
  • An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to follow written and oral instruction.
  • Manual dexterity; must be able to handle delicate glassware.

Physical Requirements

  • No allergies to detergent or other cleaning solutions.
  • Capable of performing the duties as assigned.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.