University Assistant – Department of Biology

(This is a temporary, part-time position, which may be renewed at the discretion of the University.)


Position Summary:

The University Assistant (UA) is under the supervision and assessment of the Chairperson. The chair, in consultation with the program coordinators and faculty have responsibility for the assignment of various tasks for the UA that support systematic procedures that contribute to the effective and efficient operation of the department. The UA will assist the department with specific tasks (i.e. managing laboratory resources, checking stocks and re-ordering supplies when needed, delivering and restocking supplies in teaching labs, assure proper stock of live and prepared specimens, and assisting in coordination of graduate assistants) in consultation with the chair to maintain prioritization and fair distribution of assignments. The UA must be able to effectively interact with faculty, staff, prospective and current students and administration. Students, laboratories, and faculty absolutely require his/her work to ensure that students are provided the highest level of learning experiences in biology laboratories.


Position Responsibilities:

The University Assistant is also responsible for assisting in coordinating laboratory equipment maintenance and repairs for this department. These include, but are not limited to, Microscopes, Video-Monitors, Culture-Incubators, Orbital Shaker Platforms, Electroporator, Autoclaves, Dishwashers, and other equipment.

Additional specific duties of the University Assistant include:

  • Assists department secretary in the purchasing of lab materials
  • Assists in preparing labs with education materials
  • Assists in the record keeping of required perishable purchases
  • Assists in the ordering of PPE and paper towels, etc.
  • Assists in checking on live organisms used in labs
  • Assist in the set-up and breakdown of on-campus labs
  • Assist in coordination of graduate assistant scheduling



Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field. Fluent in high level computer skills and demonstrated ability to master detailed information and apply it consistently. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with students, faculty, and staff. Strong writing skills to support reports and other communication tasks. Ability to respect confidentiality of work dealing with students records, faculty and others. Independent worker, self-monitors and problem solves by following tasks to completion in an expeditious manner. The ability to remain focused on work procedures and operations in a diverse and demanding environment. Demonstrated organizational skills to support the department and specific tasks.


Please submit electronically a letter of interest, resume and the names and contact information of two references to: Melissa Glazier, Biology Department Secretary at Please reference “University Assistant – Biology Department” in the subject line.