Laboratory Operations Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
the guidance of faculty members, coordinates operational activities
in a multipurpose science teaching laboratory and associated
laboratory materials storeroom. Also assists in preparation and set
up of lecture demonstrations. Ensures that appropriate apparatus and
supplies are set up and functioning properly and that Teaching
Assistants know how to run experiments. Disassembles and returns
equipment and supplies to the storage area. Items stocked in the
storeroom include scientific equipment, chemicals and supplies.
Manages procurement, inventory and disposal of chemicals in
accordance with ASU regulations. This will include low levels of
a specialized class and not part of a series.
Examples of Duties:
- Sets up, or coordinates staff who set up laboratory
experiments including equipment and supplies; disassembles or
supervises staff who disassemble laboratory experiments.
- Requisitions, inventories and restocks supplies for the
- Assists faculty in development of experimental schedules and
demonstrations for the semester's courses.
- Advises faculty, staff and students regarding proper
hazardous waste management techniques providing technical
assistance as requested; refers major incidents to Environmental
Health & Safety.
- Monitors chemical waste program including ensuring that
waste materials are handled and disposed of in accordance with
ASU policies, including, but not limited to low level hazardous
- Acts as safety liaison, advises faculty, staff and students
on proper storage, usage and safe handling of chemicals in
accordance with applicable laboratory safety procedures to
ensure security of laboratory facilities.
- Monitors inventory/ordering by establishing and maintaining
par levels and re-stocking points for standard laboratory
supplies, equipment and instruments.
- Monitors the receipt of shipments including, but not limited
to: unpacks boxes, records damage or spillage, and compares
packing slips with original purchase requisition/order to ensure
entire order has been delivered; ensures that item are
transferred to correct laboratory.
- Monitors preparation and/or prepares chemicals, solutions
and reagents in accordance with scheduled laboratory
- Serves as a liaison for laboratory areas to outside vendors
and university departments including: Risk Management, Police
and Fire departments and Physical Resources to facilitate
resolution of issues.
- Assists in development of the budget; monitors expenditures;
prepares and maintains a variety of financial and merchandising
records and reports. Enters information into the University-wide
data base of chemicals.
- Attends meetings with faculty and teaching assistants to
discuss modifications of experiments.
- Assists faculty in development of new experiments as
- Maintains equipment, performs calibrations and minor
repairs. Arranges for major repairs.
- Maintains live animals for display in labs or for teaching
purposes in accordance with ASU Animal Care Regulations.
- Follows established procedures to prepare solutions, media
and reagents using standard calculations for measuring; performs
library research to find appropriate procedures, as required.
- Cleans glassware and other laboratory equipment or materials
using appropriate standards. Keeps laboratory area clean.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of laboratory
- Knowledge of local, state, and federal rules/regulations on
hazardous materials management.
- Knowledge of chemical compatibility and hazard classes.
- Knowledge of all applicable standards, regulations,
guidelines and requirements effecting operations of an animal
research lab including, but not limited to: OSHA and Animal
- Knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques of
budgeting, purchasing and inventory management.
- Knowledge of the proper and safe handling, use and disposal
of laboratory waste, instruments, specimens and equipment.
- Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and
techniques of chemistry within a laboratory setting.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication including
- Skill in coordinating the work of others.
- Ability to work with diverse populations in a multipurpose
- Ability to work effectively in an environment subject to
quickly changing and potentially conflicting priorities.
- Ability to apply knowledge and understanding of basic
principles of sterile lab procedures.
Bachelor's degree in a chemistry or closely related field with at
least one (1) year experience in a laboratory setting with
responsibility for hazardous material management OR, Five (5) years
of laboratory activities or related experience; OR, Any equivalent
combination of experience and/or education from which comparable
knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
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