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LAB AST 3 (Safety, Common Space, and Teaching Program Assistant)

University of California - Davis
vision insurance, parental leave, paid time off, paid holidays, sick time, long term disability, tuition reimbursement
United States, California, Davis
Jun 22, 2024

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Lead Safety Coordinator, as part of the Food Chain Safety Team, assist in maintenance of comprehensive safety programs for chemical laboratories, oces, on-campus animal facilities, and on-campus human clinical research facilities. Facilitate compliance with all applicable federal, state and county legal requirements and University policies. Act as liaison between Safety Services/Environmental Health & Safety, and Department of Nutrition personnel (i.e., faculty, staff, students, post-docs, visitors).

Under supervision of the Teaching Coordinator, assist with daily management, set-up, clean-up, and maintenance of teaching laboratories in support of Department of Animal Science curriculum. Provide animal care, supplies for laboratory use, and assure availability of required materials, reagents, and supplies. Assist in various general business operations related to teaching, including procuring supplies and maintaining inventories manage the common space and equipment for Meyer Hall Common Space.

Apply By Date

July 6th 2024


Minimum Qualifications

For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to upload license, certification and/or educational degree if required of the position.

  • Experience with and/or understanding of safety in the science setting.
  • Experience handling large agricultural animals.
  • Skills working with research laboratory equipment
  • Basic knowledge of general chemistry and routine chemical laboratory procedures. Skills to use laboratory equipment, such as pipettors, centrifuges, electronic balances, microscopes, and pH meters.
  • Strong organizational skills to manage the common space classroom scheduling for 3 academic departments with heavy teaching loads. Excellent organizational skills; ability to independently oversee a variety of tasks.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to effectively communicate and interact with supervisor, faculty, staff, and students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Insert Here Bachelor's degree in an animal science or other relevant science-based major.
  • Experience handling small laboratory animals.
  • Knowledge of university, state and federal laboratory and animal safety regulations and requirements.
  • Knowledge of animal science or related field.
  • Skills in mathematics and chemistry to perform calculations and prepare reagents, molar solutions, and dilutions.
  • Ability to follow and enforce University policies and procedures regarding animal care and use and laboratory safety.

Key Responsibilities

  • 25% - Laboratory Course Support
  • 20% - Common Space Coordinator
  • 15% - Safety Program Management
  • 10% - Laboratory Safety Plans
  • 10% - Animal Care and Maintenance
  • 5% - Regulatory Compliance
  • 5% - Training, Meetings, and Workshops
  • 5% - General Teaching Support and Events
  • 5% - Office Ergonomic Safety

Position Information

  • Salary or Pay Range: $24.77/hr. - $29.49/hr.
  • Salary Frequency: Bi-Weekly
  • UC Job Title: LAB AST 3
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Appointment Type: Career
  • Percentage of Time: Full-Time, 100%
  • Shift Hours: Manager will advise
  • Location: Davis, CA.
  • Union Representation: Yes - TX
  • Benefits Eligible: Yes
  • Hybrid/Remote/On-Site: On-Site


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  • High quality and low-cost medical plans to choose from to fit your family's needs
  • For eligible roles, UC pays for Dental and Vision insurance premiums for you and your family
  • Extensive leave benefits including Pregnancy and Parental Leave, Family & Medical Leave
  • Paid Holidays annually as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Paid Time Off/Vacation/Sick Time as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Continuing Education (CE) allowance and Education Reimbursement Program as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Access to free professional development courses and learning opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • WorkLife and Wellness programs and resources
  • On-site Employee Assistance Program including access to free mental health services
  • Supplemental insurance offered including additional life, short/long term disability, pet insurance and legal coverage
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL) Qualified Employer & Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program for qualified roles
  • Retirement benefit options for eligible roles including Pension and other Retirement Saving Plans. More information on our retirement benefits can be found here
  • UC Davis cares about building a community, which is why we provide resources to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion as well as Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to support our staff

Physical Demands

  • Occasionally lift and push/pull objects including lab and industrial equipment weighing up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to clean livestock pens and maneuver around livestock.
  • Ability to work with and in areas with animal carcasses and tissue.
  • Ability to sit and use computer for extended periods of time.

Work Environment

The Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy is intended to provide a healthier, safer, and more productive work and learning environment for the entire UC community. The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University owned or leased properties, or facilities operated by UC staff or faculty. Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, residential space, and University vehicles.


Special Requirements

Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

At UC Davis, we're solving life's most urgent challenges to bring a fuller, healthier, and more resilient world within reach. We grow from every challenge we take on and we don't just maintain - we improve. We recognize that creating an inclusive and intellectually vibrant organization means understanding and valuing both our individual differences and our common ground. The most comprehensive solutions come from the most diverse minds, and you belong here. As you consider joining UC Davis, please explore our Principles of Community, our Clinical Strategic Plan and strategic vision for research and education, and our latest efforts to outgrow the expected. The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the University of California's Affirmative Action Policy please visit: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4010393/PPSM-20.

For the University of California's Anti-Discrimination Policy, please visit: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/1001004/Anti-Discrimination.

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