Instructional Support Technician II / College of Natural Sciences - Chemistry and Biochemistry

California State University, San Bernardino - San Bernardino County, CA


San Bernardino, CA


Admin - Laboratory and Research



Application Due:

Open Until Filled



Salary: $44,976.00 - $78,984.00 Annually

Location: San Bernardino, CA

Job Type: Full-Time

Division: Academic Affairs

Job Number: 2019-00145

Closing: Continuous


Employment Status: Full-time, probationary, "non-exempt" position.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

First Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Under supervision, performs comprehensive support services for a discipline which makes extensive use of materials and supplies including those which are living or unique and scientific equipment both in upper and lower division laboratories or instructional centers.

Current employees will be given preferred consideration.

Typical Activities

The Instructional Support Technician will be responsible for the following job duties:

  • Transport, set up and manage the return of all equipment and materials needed for chemistry teaching laboratory sections as per laboratory preparation guide manuals.
  • Maintain the collection, storage, and removal of hazardous waste produced in the labs.
  • Coordinate cleaning assignments for the laboratories between experiments.
  • Manage the chemistry stockroom customer window, ensuring effective assistance to students and faculty with materials and equipment, such as checking out and return of items for laboratory sessions, and charging students for broken items and keeping a record of these charges.
  • Facilitate the clean up of any chemical or hazardous spills that may occur according to approved procedures.
  • Supervise, train, and schedule federal work-study students (FWS) and other student assistants hired to help prepare laboratories and to staff the stockroom window during all course laboratories that are in session.
  • Train student assistants on the preparation procedures and other procedures commonly required in the stockroom, answering routine questions, and adhearance to safety regulations.
  • Collaborate with the Environmental Health & Safety office in accordance to safety regulations.
  • Procurement of chemicals, materials, and technical equipment.
  • Stock, store, and distribute materials and equipment following laboratory guide manuals.
  • Consult with the department chair and faculty members on the type of equipment and chemicals to purchase for various specific experiments and the efficient management and use of the preparatory manuals.
  • Establish and maintain an electronic inventory of all chemicals and equipment, Safety Data Sheets of all materials along with a Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  • Maintenance, operation, trouble-shooting, and minor repair of technical equipment and scientific equipment, which may include filling the NMR magnet with liquid nitrogen and helium, changing septa and columns on GC's, pump oil in mass spectrometers, setting up pH meters, melting-point apparatus, water polishers, centrifuges, etc.
  • Minor repair of electrical and mechanical equipment.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of burners, replacement of tubing, specialized glassware, hot plates, water baths, etc.
  • Scheduling of advanced repair of scientific equipment with the corresponding manufacturer or company.
  • Minor trouble-shooting and maintenance of computer equipment and common software applications related to the laboratories.
  • Responding to any emergent concerns regarding correct and continuous operation of building equipment and scheduling of repairs with Heating and Air and the Physical Plant. This includes chemical vapor hoods and snorkels, cold rooms and refrigerators, electrical outlets, the deionized water supply, leaking pipes, etc
Minimum Qualifications


  • Equivalent to three years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to the area to which assigned.
  • or
  • Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  • or
  • Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area to which assigned may be substituted for two years of the required experience.
Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the principles of performing support services; principles, methods, and techniques related to the discipline and the curriculum; and materials and supplies in the curriculum and their uses.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and schedule activities; operate technical equipment related to the discipline; maintain records; adjust and perform simple maintenance of technical and scientific equipment.
Physical Requirements:
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree or 4+ years of formal technical training. Two years experience in daily operations of laboratories in a higher education environment. Ability to reason and address problems with the labs. Valid Driver's License.

Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies

against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096).


You have medical, dental and vision plans from which to choose coverage. You may cover yourself and your eligible spouse or domestic partner and children. You are eligible to enroll in coverage if you are appointed at least half-time and for more than six months. If you enroll on a timely basis, coverage begins on the first of the month after your date of hire. You also may enroll during any annual open enrollment period.


  • Medical Benefits - You have a choice of several Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), depending on location, or Preferred Plan Provider (PPO) insurance plans through the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)). You and the CSU share the cost of coverage, with the CSU paying the greater portion of the monthly premium. You may pay your portion of the cost on a pre-tax basis through the Tax Advantage Premium Plan (TAPP).
  • Dental Benefits - You may choose between two dental plans: a traditional indemnity (fee-for-service) plan allowing you to see almost any dental provider, or a "dental HMO" plan offering a network of dentists from which to choose. Currently, the CSU pays the full dental premium for you and your eligible dependents.
  • Vision Benefits - Vision coverage includes an annual eye exam, and glasses or contact lenses every other year. Currently, the CSU pays the full vision premium for you and your eligible dependents.
  • Cobra Benefits - If you lose your eligibility for medical, dental, and vision benefits under specified circumstances (for example, you leave employment with the CSU), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA) and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 (OBRA) allows you to continue to receive health care coverage at your expense. You and your dependents can receive COBRA benefits for up to 18, 29 or 36 months, depending on the circumstances.

FlexCash - If you waive the CSU medical and/or dental coverage because you have other non-CSU coverage, you can receive additional cash in your paycheck each month. You will be taxed on this additional income. Currently, you can receive $128 FlexCash per month if you waive medical coverage and $12 FlexCash per month if you waive dental coverage.


Life and Accidental, Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance - The CSU provides you with $10,000 of basic term life insurance coverage and $10,000 of basic accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance coverage. The CSU pays the full cost of this coverage. Coverage is automatic and effective on the first of the month after your date of hire.


CSU Fee Waiver Program - If you are a full-time employee, you are eligible each term to waive certain fees at a CSU campus for a maximum of two courses or six units, whichever is greater. You may transfer your fee waiver benefit to your spouse, domestic partner, or dependent child (up to age 25); however, not all of the fees may be waived or reduced for your dependents.


CalPERS Retirement Plan - The California Public Employees Retirement System is a defined benefit retirement plan that provides lifetime benefits based on members' years of service, age, and final compensation. Full-time employees appointed for at least six months, or part-time employees working at least half-time and appointed for at least one year, are automatically enrolled in the CalPERS Retirement Plan.

Depending on hire and/or membership date, employees are placed in one of three retirement formulas. Each formula determines the employee contribution rate, and the benefit factor and final compensation period used to calculate retirement allowance.

Retirement Plans

Employee Contribution

5% of monthly pay in excess of $5135% of monthly pay in excess of $5136% of monthly pay

Pre-Tax Savings Plans - As a CSU employee, you have three voluntary retirement savings plans available to you, which allow you to invest pre-tax dollars to supplement your CalPERS Retirement Plan benefit. They are:

  • The CSU 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Plan
  • The Savings Plus 401(k) Thrift Plan
  • The Savings Plus 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
You may participate in any or all of the plans. Each is governed by a different section of the IRS Code resulting in different rules and provisions.


Holidays - The CSU offers employees 14 paid holidays each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and one you may take any time during the year.

Vacation - Depending upon your years of service, you earn vacation monthly as follows: 5/6 day up to three years; 1 1/4 days up to six years; 1 5/12 days up to 10 years; 1 7/12 days up to 15 years; 1 3/4 days up to 20 years; 1 11/12 days up to 25 years; and two days per month thereafter. If you have less than 10 years of service with the CSU, you can accrue up to a maximum of 272 hours (34 days); if you have more than 10 years, the maximum is 384 hours (48 days). Part-time employees accrue vacation on a prorated basis.

Sick Leave - For each month of continuous service, you accumulate eight hours of credit for sick leave with pay. Part-time employees accrue sick leave on a prorated basis.

Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leave - You are eligible for up to 30 workdays per calendar year starting within sixty (60) days of the arrival of your new child, due to birth, adoption, or foster care assignment.


Human Resources Department
California State University, San Bernardino

California State University, San Bernardino is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the diversity of California. California State University, San Bernardino, hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

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