Position Description: Laboratory Assistant
Job Term: one semester
Minimum Qualifications: successful completion of the chemistry course(s) which are appropriate to your assignment as an assistant, satisfactory evaluations in any previous position as a departmental assistant, and satisfactory progress toward a degree. Preference will be given to chemistry majors, chemistry minors, qualified students who have College Work Study Awards, and students with prior experience as a laboratory assistant.
Potential Benefit to the Student: the position as a lab assistant in the Department of Chemistry of the SUNY College at Brockport offers a variety of experiences that are worth mentioning on a resume as genuine work experiences. These include
Salary: starting pay is variable depending on the campus minimum and departmental budget. Pay increases will be issued based on your prior experience and your performance as a laboratory assistant in the department. If you have received a College Work Study Award as part of your financial aid package, your biweekly wages will accrue against this award. If you do not qualify for a Work Study Award, you will be paid from the Department of Chemistry Temporary Service budget.
General Responsibilities: you must attend a meeting convened by the laboratory manager at the beginning of the semester. This meeting will be held to provide basic safety instruction, to review the job description for laboratory assistants, and to provide an overview of how the laboratories will be run during the term.
A full, written description of your specific responsibilities during each laboratory session will be provided in a notebook checked-out to you at the beginning of the semester. The notebook will include a copy of the laboratory procedure, as well as a set of laboratory assistant's instructions for each week's laboratory session, and must be returned at the end of the semester.
You should also be aware of the responsibilities which are general to each laboratory session. These include
Laboratory assistants have no direct influence on grades, but do have an ethical responsibility not to show favoritism. If the supervisor or the assistant in question sees potential for a problem in this area, the laboratory assistant's assignment should be changed.
The Application Procedure: the Department of Chemistry solicits applications starting in April for Fall Term positions and solicits applications starting in November for Spring Term positions. Obtain an application form from envelopes posted around the department, the department secretary or from the laboratory manager, complete this form after you have arranged your class schedule for the term, and return the completed form to the department secretary or laboratory manager. Applications submitted by mail should be addressed to Ms. Elizabeth Gregory, Laboratory Manager, Department of Chemistry, SUNY College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420. Applications may also be submitted by emailing the appropriate information (see application) to the laboratory manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepting a Position: laboratory assisting assignments will be mailed to the prospective employees during the week before classes begin. If you have been assigned to a position, you must complete the following procedure to initialize the appointment:
The laboratory manager will provide you with all materials necessary in your position and will advise you of your starting date. You will also be advised of a time to attend a training session and receive "Right to Know" training in accordance with OSHA regulations.
Statement of Nondiscriminatory Policy: the Department of Chemistry adheres to all Statements of Nondiscriminatory Policies in the Supervisor's Manual, published by the Student Employment Office at of the SUNY College at Brockport.
08/00(rev) - Adopted January 21, 1998