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Chemistry Lab Technician
Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/17/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Chemistry Laboratory Technician

Unit: AFCSME, Unit I, Laboratory Technician I Classification (Grade 15)

Department: Academic Affairs, STEM Division

Reports To: Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Date: 1/11/2022

General Summary:

The Chemistry Laboratory Technician provides support services to faculty and staff who teach Chemistry courses on the Lowell Campus. The Chemistry Laboratory Technician is responsible for maintaining a sanitary and efficient laboratory environment to promote student success and receives general direction and guidance from the Science Department Chairperson. This knowledgeable individual performs laboratory work and provides support that includes maintaining inventory of laboratory equipment, materials and supplies, ordering new/replacement materials, maintaining/caring for laboratory equipment, setting up laboratory experiments and related equipment/supplies for labs, and developing, implementing and following lab safety protocols, including proper disposal of all hazardous wastes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of the lab classroom and prep room
  • Clean, organize, and maintain availability of all glassware and equipment in the lab classroom
  • Communicate and make arrangements with faculty via email and in person to prepare materials for lab procedures
  • Prepare dilute solutions and mixtures based on faculty lab requests
  • Test and calibrate equipment in preparation for upcoming labs
  • Maintain inventory records of all solutions and compounds needed for upcoming labs
  • Research prices of equipment needed across multiple vendors
  • Submit purchase order requests for approval based on inventory and upcoming lab requests
  • Collaborate and communicate with work student assistants to ensure tasks are completed
  • Handle caustic, toxic, and hazardous chemicals according to MSDS guidelines
  • Dispose of toxic chemical waste produced in lab classroom following lab protocol
  • Maintain written inventory and contents of all waste receptacles stored in prep lab
  • Arrange for waste removal with campus Environmental Safety Officer on a yearly basis
  • Arrange logistics of shared equipment with biology and biotech departments
  • Shop for everyday materials using assigned Market Basket AR charge card
  • Update and ensure signage for lab safety is available and visible for students and faculty
  • Ensure faculty are aware of lab safety requirements and lab request submission procedure
  • Record and maintain inventory of all equipment and supplies on both campuses to ensure cost effective purchasing.


  • Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in laboratory work in a recognized clinical, medical, hospital, chemical, water quality, public health, biological, bacteriological, marine sciences or materials testing laboratory, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

    • An Associate degree or higher with a major in chemistry or closely related field.

    • The successful completion of one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, education toward a degree at a recognized health related field may be substituted for the required experience.

  • Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in chemistry plus the types and uses of laboratory tests, the practices and procedures, including safety practices and procedures followed in laboratory work in chemistry.
  • Ability to conduct and interpret laboratory tests in chemistry and knowledge of general laboratory testing techniques and methods, including sample collection.
  • Knowledge of sanitation and sterilization methods, techniques and procedures followed in a laboratory including the proper methods used in the disposal of laboratory materials, the types and uses of sterilization equipment and devices used in a laboratory.
  • Knowledge of calibration and adjustment techniques as applied to laboratory equipment.
  • Knowledge of the properties and characteristics of chemicals, acids and materials used in a laboratory; and knowledge of the techniques used in the handling and transportation of laboratory specimens.
  • Ability to understand, apply and explain the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and to communicate effectively in oral expression and in writing. Ability to give written instructions in a precise and understandable manner.
  • Ability to gather information through observing and questioning individuals and by examining records and documents.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records, and to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables. Ability to determine proper format and procedures for assembling items of information.
  • Ability to perform arithmetical computations with speed and accuracy (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication).
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others, and to deal tactfully with others. Ability to work in a team setting.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Experience with equity-minded work and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation and veterans including those with different levels of academic preparation, varying physical and learning abilities
  • Bilingual skills a plus

Additional Information:

Salary Range: AFCSME, Grade 15 Step 1 Starting salary is $44,390.06. Actual salary commensurate with academic background and experience. Employees of Middlesex Community College are considered employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and receive benefits which include:

  • High quality and affordable health insurance through the Commonwealth's Group Insurance Commission (GIC)
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension or Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan or 403(b).
  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
  • Tuition Benefit for employees and dependents at state colleges and universities
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Cell Phone Bill Discounts with Verizon and T-Mobile Cell Phone Carriers
  • Access to the Commonwealth's Mass4You, employee assistance program

Location: Primarily MCC's Lowell Campus with occasional travel to Bedford Campus as needed.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM

Expected start date: February 2022

Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas


Candidates for employment should be aware that all Middlesex Community College students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by January, 2022. Accordingly, initial employment is dependent upon receipt and verification of full vaccination status records; details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the hire and onboarding process.

Application Instructions:

Applicants interested in applying MUST submit the following documents via the online application:

1. Cover Letter

2. Resume

After completing all of the steps above, please go back into the newly created account and double check that your resume and cover letter uploaded as you intended.

Middlesex Community College understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance with the job application process, please contact the Affirmative Action Officer at 781-280-3536 or nicholsr@middlesex.mass.edu

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