General Biology Lab Assistant

Denver, Colorado, United States

Job description

Posting Number

Position Number
E 1082

Salary for Announcement
The beginning of the salary range is $40,617. The final salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

BIO – Biology

EClass Code
Full Time Administrators

Position Summary
This position will assist the General Biology Lab Coordinator with all aspects of the efficient operation of General Biology laboratories.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.


Position duties include:

Laboratory Preparation & Breakdown: Working cooperatively with General Biology Lab Coordinator, the General Biology Lab Assistant assists in setting up and breaking down general biology laboratories. Assists in the preparation of all laboratory materials for General Biology I and II labs. Manages proper growth conditions for successful completion of laboratory exercises involving live specimens. Keeps teaching laboratories fully stocked and functional. Tests laboratory media and materials to assure laboratory exercises will function properly. Stores and works with laboratory materials, both chemical and biological, in accordance with safe laboratory practices. Cleans laboratory benches and supplies between laboratory sections and upon completion of labs each week.

Laboratory Coordination: Identifies, troubleshoots and communicates present and potential problems concerning laboratory preparations or the student use of laboratories to the General Biology Lab Coordinator. Recommends updates and improvements for General Biology Laboratories and collaborates effectively with the General Biology Lab Coordinator to modify or create new laboratory exercises. Instructs part-time lab instructors on proper execution of laboratory exercises and/or techniques. Attends monthly AHEC Environmental Health and Safety meetings and adheres to safety guidelines. Assists in maintaining chemical inventory and tracking database of all purchased chemicals in accordance with AHEC guidelines. Trains laboratory instructors and lab personnel in proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials and laboratory safety procedures.

Laboratory Teaching: Teaches at least one General Biology I or II Laboratory section per semester (fall and spring). This includes all aspects of laboratory instruction, including pre-lab lectures, laboratory set-up and demonstrations, preparation and grading of lab practical exams, writing and grading quizzes, and assignment of final course grades by established university deadlines. Teaches additional lab sections as needed on an emergency basis to cover for instructors who are out with illness or an emergency.

Train Student Lab Assistants: Under the direction of the General Biology Lab Coordinator assist in the training of student lab assistants to prepare media, reagents and lab supplies; set-up and breakdown lab materials; clean lab benches, glassware, equipment, etc.; proper use of laboratory equipment; laboratory safety and proper handling of bio-hazardous and chemical waste.

Required Qualifications
A Master’s Degree or higher in Biology or closely-related field.

General Biology lab experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Broad training in biology including cell/molecular biology, evolution, botany, zoology, and ecology.
  • Previous successful teaching experience in General Biology I and II or in specialized courses whose content is included in General Biology (cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, evolution, zoology, botany, ecology).
  • Experience with laboratory preparation and breakdown.
  • Experience with laboratory coordination.
  • Experience providing training in general laboratory practices.

Closing date

How to apply

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

In order for your file to be considered complete you must submit copies of transcripts. If you are unable to submit them at the time of application plese submit them to:
Lab Assistant Search,
Attn: Liz Moore, Campus Box 53,
P.O. Box 173362,
Denver, CO 80217-3362. Fax: 303-556-6426. E-mail:

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

This posting will close at midnight MST on the closing date.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a comprehensive university offering bachelor's and master's degrees on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver. Founded in 1965, MSU Denver has grown to nearly 23,000 students and educates more undergraduate Coloradans than anyone else in the state. Since nearly 75 percent of our alumni live and work in Denver and the state, you could say we specialize in fostering homegrown talent for the challenges of a new century. MSU Denver designs every program, every course, for our changing world. College for college’s sake is an old idea. You’ll come here for an important reason—lifelong success. We’ll help you prepare for, enhance or change your career. It’s that simple.