OFFICIAL TITLE: Technical Assistant II - Biology (10 month position)
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Department Chair of Biology
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: May supervise student and non-benefited personnel
General Statement of Duties: The Technical Assistant II provides technical support for instructional activities involving preparation of samples, cultures, reagents, and other similar lab prep. This position is also responsible for the scheduling of equipment usage, maintenance of equipment and supply inventories, ordering supplies, and interfacing with other department chairs for coordination of equipment and supplies.
(E) = Essential
1.(E) Prepares materials, samples, cultures, and reagents for laboratory tests and instruction.
2.(E) Adjusts, calculates, and tests laboratory equipment according to technical manuals.
3.(E) Assembles and installs lab equipment and apparatus in classrooms and laboratories to support instructional activities.
4.(E) Provides demonstration and instruction to students and other laboratory users in proper operation of lab equipment, in the presence of the instructor.
5.(E) Maintains inventory of supplies and equipment, orders lab materials as needed.
6.(E) Provides supervision, job training, and assigns work to students and research assistants.
7.(E) Formulates schedules for use and maintenance of lab facilities and equipment.
8.(E) Confers with faculty concerning methods, materials, and procedures.
9.(E) Responsible for plant and animal care, including the feeding and maintenance of the greenhouse and animal room. Limited to mice, rats, turtles, and snakes.
10.(E) Cleans, maintains, and repairs laboratory areas and equipment.
11.Performs other duties as assigned within the Technical Assistant classification.
a.Class specifications may be found at http://www.mass.edu/foradmin/humanresources/classspecshrd.asp
Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in technical work supporting research, instructional or experimental activities or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
An Associate's or higher degree with a major in a directly related scientific or technical field such as biology, botany, chemistry, computer science, electronics, horticulture, physiology, zoology, etc. may be substituted for the required experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
- Ability to use precision measuring equipment, gauges, and instrumentation.
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as manuals, specifications, blueprints, drawings, plans, etc.
- Ability to give oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
- Ability to maintain accurate records.
- Ability to operate standard lab equipment.
- Ability to prepare solutions, media and cultures for lab experiments.
- Ability to identify material needs and order necessary supples.
- Ability to collect and analyze data.
- Knowledge of proper uses and storage of chemicals.
- Knowledge of animal handling techniques.
- Knowledge of fundamental principles and of laboratory procedures utilized in teaching and conducting research in biology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, horticulture, microbiology, physiology, or zoology.
- Knowledge of types, uses and operation of standard laboratory equ