Department of Biological Sciences
Send resume/CV, cover letter, and reference list to:
person Laura Custer, Director of Human Resources
place Thomas More University, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017
The individual in this position must:
- Be responsible, organized, and have excellent time-management skills
- Have excellent written and oral communication skills in all duties
- Be willing to work collegially with all faculty in the department
- Be flexible in scheduling
- Be committed to student learning
- Be capable of maintaining profession and collegial relationships with students, colleagues and the college community
Principal Duties & Activities
The Laboratory Coordinator & Instructor position consists of primarily lab coordinator responsibilities with secondary teaching responsibilities. As outlined in the Basic Purpose section above, this position requires a level of flexibility with regard to the specific timing (e.g. time of day and/or academic session) when the teaching and coordinator responsibilities are satisfied. As the Laboratory Coordinator and Instructor for the Department of Biological Sciences, expected duties include the preparation, setup, and breakdown of all laboratory sessions; maintaining inventories (e.g., chemical, equipment); handling purchase orders; general upkeep of the Biology floor (S-300); overseeing work-study students; and teaching a minimum of four courses per academic year.
Responsibilities for the Laboratory Coordinator and Instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences include:
- Teaching a minimum of four courses per academic year for the Department of Biological Sciences
- Supervising of work-study and other student employees in the Department of Biological Sciences; determination of their work-schedules and tasks to be accomplished.
- Keeping all inventories current in the department: equipment, chemicals, preserved specimens, glassware, microscopic slides, audio-visual materials, etc. Periodically, such inventories, especially equipment, must be updated and submitted to the Business Office for insurance purposes; also outdated and outmoded materials need to be destroyed/removed from circulation.
- Handling all purchase orders after Chairperson’s approval of order – typing up of order as requested or as known to be a need, submitting to Business Office (or called in after securing P.O. number), receiving of shipment on arrival, and notifying concerned faculty member of availability, as well as making changes in inventory if necessary.
- Maintaining labs and lab equipment (e.g., general lab cleanliness, proper stocking/storage of supplies, cleaning refrigerators and freezers regularly, cleaning microscopes).
- Repairing equipment and arranging for periodic standardization; if possible, doing on own or with help of knowledgeable faculty, or having maintenance department doing the needed repair, or requesting professional outside help.
- Responsible for setup of laboratory exercises as requested by individual faculty members for respective course or delegating to and/or directing a student worker in doing the same; besides immediate setup in laboratory, this may involve preparation of solutions, microbiological media, etc.
- Responsible for the breakdown of a particular laboratory setup, once lab is completed, and seeing to the proper disposal of used materials, replacement thereof if necessary, return of non-disposable materials to proper storage, and cleanup of glassware and lab furniture.
- Caring for live specimens, as plants in the greenhouse and animals in prep rooms for use in the labs as well as those plants and animals in display areas and the hall.
- Promoting actively the provision of the means and the observance of safety regulations in all laboratories and procedures.
- Responsible for recycling program (in Department of Biological Sciences).
- Responsible for general upkeep of the Biological Sciences Department (Floor). Making information available through timely and appropriate changes in display case and bulletin boards. Stocking supply closets, brochures, upkeep of conference room, lobby area, hallways, prep room, etc.
- Budget responsibilities. Keep track of departmental supply and grant expenses, done in conjunction with Department Chairperson.
- Meetings: To foster communication with all members of the Department of Biological Sciences, the Lab Coordinator shall:
- Meet with the Department Chairperson once a week in a formal session and provide a biweekly written report of activities
- Attend departmental meetings, as requested
- Meet with each faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences at least once a week in an informal manner for feedback and/or specific directions for laboratory conduct.
Education, Specialized and/or Technical Knowledge Requirements
Education and knowledge requirements for the Laboratory Coordinator and Instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences are as follows:
- Must have a Master’s degree (or higher) – in theoretical or applied Biology, or Life Sciences
- Educational background and experience must be approved by the program director as satisfying accreditation requirements
- Must be familiar with basic laboratory protocols for a biology laboratory
- Have experience working in a laboratory setting
- Possess a familiarity with a variety of biological laboratory techniques and equipment in the fields of molecular/cellular biology (e.g., genetics), organismal biology (e.g., microbiology), and/or ecological (botany) biology
- Prior teaching experience, particularly experience at the College level (and in the area of Anatomy & Physiology)
- Must have knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
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