Responsible for setting up the biology teaching labs, purchasing laboratory supplies and equipment and maintaining the functionality of the teaching and research labs. Responsible for maintaining budgets and inventory, and for organizing hazardous and biological waste disposal. Supervises student assistants.
About Harvey Mudd College:
Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. HMC enrolls about 800 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature. The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”
Duties and Responsibilities
Prepares labs for faculty and student use by organizing, preparing, dismantling, and maintaining laboratory equipment; coordinates the use of labs and equipment.
Oversees routine maintenance of departmental equipment; schedules service and repair of departmental equipment as necessary.
Prepares chemical reagents, solutions, and culture media for teaching laboratories.
Ensures the safe storage of biological and chemical materials.
Cleans and sterilizes equipment, glassware, and media for use in teaching laboratories.
Monitors inventories of expendable supplies (e.g., chemicals, reagents, plasticware, glassware) and advises faculty or staff of reordering needs.
Orders, monitors, and receives or picks up laboratory supplies and equipment for the department research and teaching labs.
Manages the proper collection and disposal of waste materials adhering to regulations and department policy.
Participates in and contributes to a safe environment by keeping current with safety regulations, checking and maintaining equipment, orienting student assistants to the proper use of materials and equipment, and overseeing compliance with regulations.
Trains and supervises student assistants employed by the department.
Serves on safety committees such as the Chemical Hygiene Committee.
Performs other related duties as required for maintaining an efficient teaching and research department.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Individuals must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions can be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Ability to work independently and cooperatively.
Good manual dexterity.
Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to use modern laboratory equipment in the general areas of biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology.
Ability to communicate with faculty members and students who are well versed in various fields of biology.
Knowledge of appropriate/applicable safety standards.
Ability to lift 20 lbs.
The Ideal Candidate:
Is a problem solver.
Thrives on maintaining an organized work environment.
Takes initiative by taking ownership of their work.
Strives to improve efficiency in the department by maintaining awareness of current conditions in each lab, including lab supplies and equipment.
Maintains up to date working knowledge of time and cost-effective supplies and equipment for the department.
Is driven by a desire to get things done, rather than a desire to avoid mistakes by avoiding responsibilities.
Builds strong working relationships both with members of the department and others.
Interfaces with people directly (in person whenever possible) to solve problems quickly and as efficiently as possible.
Responds to requests for help in a timely manner.
Willingly works with people on and off the campus to solve problems quickly and efficiently.
Acts as a liaison with other departments, campus facilities, vendors, and service technicians.
Oversees equipment and supply orders from vendors to ensure labs are properly supplied in a timely manner.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in the Biological Sciences.
Experience: Five years postgraduate experience in an academic laboratory environment or related field.
Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and driving record acceptable to the College’s automobile insurance carrier.
Hours: the regular hours for this position are 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Classification and Status: This is a full-time, regular, 12-months per year, benefits eligible, exempt position.
This position reports to the chair of the Biology Department.
Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information about how to submit an application. Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at www.hmc.edu/hrbenefits.
Deadline to apply:
Position will remain open until filled.
All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed at HMC and for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is approved/authorized by the FDA, must be vaccinated against COVID-19, and provide proof of vaccination, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.
This job description defines the essential job duties of the position. Harvey Mudd College expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of the job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employment is at-will and employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.