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Chemistry/Biology Laboratory Technician

Navajo Technical University
Chinle, AZ
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description


Prepare and assemble instruments and equipment used in the chemistry and biology experiments and demonstrations; operates, services scientific equipment and instruments; assists students and faculty with instructional and lab activities; and orders, issues, receives, and stores laboratory chemicals, materials and supplies; cleans, disinfects, maintains classrooms and equipment, and properly stores and disposes waste materials (biohazard waste), supplies, and reagents.

This position description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required or assigned to this position.


  • Sets up, maintains, cleans, and disinfects laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes, spectrophotometers, balances, measuring scales, pipets, and glassware.
  • Schedules and oversees all the chemistry & biology laboratories by students, faculty, and staff.
  • Gathers and prepare samples, dispenses solutions, and chemicals used for lab classes which may include reagents, chemicals, acids, bases, buffers, toxic chemicals, carcinogenic chemicals, and stains.
  • Assembles supplies and constructs apparatus; sets up and may assist in conducting classroom experiments and demonstrations.
  • Instructs students individually in the proper handling and safe use of and operation of a variety of equipment, instruments, and tools and orients students to established policies within the Biology & Chemistry laboratories.
  • Issues and receives materials and equipment for student use in the laboratory and classroom assignments; keeps records, and ensures the return of supplies and equipment checked out to students for laboratory use.
  • Maintains basic knowledge to operate and makes minor adjustments and repairs on laboratory equipment such as UV-vis spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, ion chromatograph, distilled water plant, microscopes, balances, centrifuges, emulsifiers, and homogenizers, etc.
  • Maintains all the chemistry and biology inventory records of supplies, materials, and equipment, and prepare requisitions as needed.
  • Maintains a clean lab environment, collects all the biohazard and chemical wastes, and store in proper containers for disposal according to guidelines, and keeps storerooms and working areas orderly and clean.
  • Washes and sterilizes laboratory glassware.
  • Assists faculty in writing Standard operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Assists faculty in performing undergraduate research and organizing field trips.
  • Provide training and direction for student employees.
  • Assists the Chemistry & Biology Faculty with laboratory preparation and grading.
  • Performs tests and procedures using laboratory equipment.
  • Assists students in lab experimentation, as appropriate; provides guidance in learning and/or functional operation of experiments and equipment.
  • Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chemistry and Biology Faculty or Chair.


  • N/A


  • Bachelor's degree in biology or chemistry, or other scientific discipline, or related
  • One-year biology laboratory technician experience is desired.
  • Valid state driver's license.
  • Must be able to pass background check, with NO prior convictions of any felonies.

The Navajo Nation Preference in Employment Act applies to all hiring, promotions or transfers of individuals into this position.


  • General biology & chemistry knowledge including analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and environmental chemistry.
  • Skilled in scientific laboratory procedures and techniques used in a chemistry & biology laboratory.
  • Skilled in operating scientific laboratory equipment and apparatus.
  • Familiar with scientific methods of measurements.
  • Health and safety practices and precautions applicable to a biology/chemistry laboratory.
  • Principles of recordkeeping. Knowledge of the principles and practices of laboratory operation.
  • Follow complex instructions and formulae in the preparation and construction of media and equipment set-ups.
  • Effectively and safely operate, adapt, and maintain scientific equipment.
  • Perform minor repairs and adjustments to a variety of laboratory equipment.
  • Stay abreast of technical subjects, practices, and developments in the field of chemistry and biology.
  • Keep detailed and precise records of lab documents such as lab safety protocols etc.
  • Maintain detailed chemical inventory, and inventory of equipment and tools.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with students and instructional staff.
  • Give clear and concise instructions to students.
  • Skilled in contacting equipment vendors and schedule maintenance of equipment.
  • Skilled in operating computers, phone systems, and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and FEPA standards.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in verbal or written format.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to stand for prolonged periods, walk, and sit.
  • Use hands for dexterity of motion, repetitive movement of both hands.
  • Have normal auditory, visual acuity, and verbal communications skills.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25-40 pounds.


  • Work is generally performed in the laboratory setting.
  • Exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Tight time constraints and multiple demands are common.
  • Evening and/or weekend work may be required. Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required.

Navajo Technical University


Chinle, AZ
86503 USA



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