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East Tennessee State University

Title Code: 5150
Occ. Group: 631.456 

Laboratory Assistant

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.


Employees in this class are under general supervision. Work performed in preparing and setting up supplies, materials and equipment for laboratory class and research work and performing related work as required. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Prepares culture media, chemicals, reagents and solutions.

Sets up laboratory with required supplies, materials and equipment such as media, cultures, and electronic and mechanical apparatus.

Orders, stocks, and inventories chemicals, media and other supplies.

Operates various laboratory equipment such as autoclave, sterilizing oven, dishwasher, balances, filtration appliances, pH meters, timers, vortex mixers, etc.

Cleans laboratory and sterilizes and stores laboratory equipment.

Performs other work as assigned. 

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of the use and preparation of culture media, chemicals, reagents, etc.

Knowledge of laboratory procedures, set up and safety precautions.

Knowledge of the various laboratory tools, equipment and materials.

Ability to prepare media, solutions, etc. as directed.

Ability to follow detailed oral and written instructions carefully and completely.

Ability to use and operate required laboratory tools and equipment.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the public and other employees. 

Recommended Qualifications

Applicants possessing these qualifications have a good probability for success in this class. However, applicants not possessing these qualifications should apply if they believe their training and experience will enable them to perform the work successfully. Graduation from a standard high school. Experience in laboratory work involving media preparation and the use of a variety of laboratory tools and equipment. 

Date         Skill         Eval           
10/1/80       4      512022222

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.

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