Natural Sciences Laboratory Assistant (Part-Time)

Natural Sciences Laboratory Assistant (Part-Time)


South Piedmont Community College
680 US 74
Polkton, NC 28135
Phone: 704-272-5300

Job Location

Old Charlotte Highway Campus in Monroe, NC and LL Polk Campus in Polkton, NC





Job Category

  • Technical/Paraprofessional

Application Period

Opens: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Closes: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Target Start Date

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Expected Work Hours

Varies up to 20 hours per week

Reports to

Department Chair or Assistant Department Chair for Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Employment Type


Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree or higher in a Natural Science area, such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or related field
• Knowledge of basic laboratory instrumentation/equipment
• Knowledge of current laboratory safety protocols, safe chemical and biological storage, and proper disposal procedures
• Ability to read chemical nomenclature, to combine reagents into appropriate solutions, concentrations, and to scale quantities as needed by laboratory Instructors based on student enrollment
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with science instructors and to effectively convey information
• Ability to exhibit a positive attitude and to deal with coworkers, students, faculty and staff tactfully and courteously to maintain effective service-oriented relationships
• Ability to work a flexible schedule on multiple campuses, which may include off-shift hours, evening and weekend assignments
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
• Ability to be well-organized
• Working knowledge/utilization of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software applications

Preferred Qualifications

• Previous experience as a laboratory assistant in a college or industry setting
• Experience in a laboratory for multiple science disciplines
• Considerable knowledge of a wide variety of lab equipment for the different disciplines.
• Evidence of effective problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills
• Evidence of a willingness to accept responsibility for professional and personal growth

Position Description

Job Description

The Natural Sciences Laboratory Assistant (NSLA) is a part-time 20-hour per week position located primarily on the Old Charlotte Highway Campus in Monroe, NC with some work on the LL Polk Campus in Polkton, NC. Under the direction of the Department Chair or Assistant Department Chair for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the NSLA will assist instructional staff/faculty with preparation for curriculum lab activities. Primary duties of this position include: media and reagent preparation; setup of materials and instrumentation for weekly labs; weekly cleanup and storage of used lab resources. When necessary the NSLA will provide basic assistance and information to students regarding equipment operation, instrument applications, location of materials, and pertinent safety procedures as dictated by OSHA. The NSLA must have basic knowledge of general laboratory practices across the Sciences and a skill-set that will allow them to work independently.

Job Duties

• Prepares facility for classes and ensures that work areas are clean and neat; ensures that equipment, materials, and handouts are laid out for classes
• Monitoring of laboratory activities; enforces rules and regulations and ensures safe environment
• Preparing requested media within acceptable turn-around times for various laboratory areas
• Proper use of basic laboratory instrumentation/equipment such as but not limited to balances, pH meters, incubators, spectrophotometers, micropipettes, autoclave, and Chemical Fume hood
• Working with chemicals that are potentially hazardous
• Monitors inventory of materials and supplies, initiates ordering process as needed
• Maintain equipment and supply usage records
• Assists in maintaining laboratory equipment; performs simple maintenance, cleans and stores equipment when not in use, monitors condition, and notifies supervisor of any needed repairs
• Updating and maintenance the Lab Safety Plan/Manual
• Monitors students in a lab setting; process basic data entry
• Answering phone calls and emails regarding media requests in a timely and professional manner
• Provide quality customer service to students, faculty and staff
• May serve multiple campuses
• Additional job-related duties as required by Department Chair or Assistant Department Chair
• Environment: Work is performed primarily in a lab setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; the employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals; the employee is frequently exposed to risk of chemical hazards, explosive hazards, burn hazards and electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
• Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a lab setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull up to 25 pounds; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to see in the normal visual range with or without correction and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

How to Apply

Apply online at Position is open until filled.

Job Post Contact

South Piedmont Community College

Human Resources

PO Box 126

Polkton, NC 28135