Classification and Compensation
IOWA STATE BOARD OF REGENTS
REGENTS MERIT SYSTEM
Pay Grade: 406
General Class Description
Under direct supervision, performs technical and allied duties related to the function of a clinical, environmental, teaching or research laboratory and requiring a limited degree of skill. May use microscopes and other instruments and test equipment to make simple quantitative and qualitative analysis; maintains a laboratory area and equipment, and provides functional supervision to Laboratory Assistants as required.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
- Performs simple and repetitive tests on experimental materials or animals to process environmental samples or biological specimens, such as adding chemicals and recording color changes, counting blood cells under a microscope, and recording food intake of animals.
- Records data from standard laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, pressure transducers, amplifier-recorders, etc.
- Prepares simple chemical solutions for media, reagents, and drugs according to established instructions or procedures.
- Performs routine cleaning and preventative maintenance in a small laboratory area and for laboratory equipment therein.
- Receives, and properly distributes, incoming mail, freight, laboratory supplies, biological specimens or environmental samples, and directs and performs the packing and mailing of outgoing freight, specimens and reports.
- Assembles and dismantles experimental equipment according to set standards. May assist in building more complex equipment.
- Maintains supplies and equipment for small laboratory area and reports of lacking stocks. Assists with this function in large laboratory areas.
- Performs data entry to label and process laboratory specimens.
- Responds to telephone inquiries regarding laboratory specimens. Investigates and resolves minor laboratory questions.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of care and use of laboratory equipment.
- Knowledge of principles of sanitation, health hazards, and the necessary precautionary measures.
- Knowledge of standard cleaning techniques and equipment and supplies required.
- Knowledge of keyboarding and computer data entry skills.
- Ability to use proper bending and lifting techniques.
- Ability to communicate effectively with others.
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
- Ability to collect data, keep accurate records, and prepare reports.
- Ability to work with computerized inventory control systems.
- Ability to use and care for tools in maintenance and repair work.
- Ability to prepare chemical solutions according to instructions.
- One year of related laboratory experience, or
- Any combination of related experience and/or related undergraduate courses in physical or natural sciences that is equivalent to one year of full-time employment.