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A completed application is required in order to be considered for this position.
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San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, SDSU has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. SDSU's approximately 35,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including in terms of race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.
SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.
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Full-time, permanent (probationary) position.
This IST position is expected to support the labs of three undergraduate biology courses related to cell/molecular biology (Biol 366L) and physiology (Biol 261 & Biol 436). This typically involves a total of 11-13 lab sections each semester. The IST is to make certain that these labs have the necessary resources available at the scheduled lab times so that students can execute the scheduled exercises. For Bio 366L, the IST is also expected to provide coordinate the assigned graduate teaching assistants (TA) and provide these TAs with resources and information that are important to their class instruction. For the labs associated with Bio 261 and Biol 436, this IST does not coordinate the assigned graduate TAs, but the IST is responsible for providing support and resources for the labs and TAs. This IST also supervises one graduate assistant (GA), who assists the IST in the preparation of materials/supplies needed in the teaching labs. During summer months there is typically a reduced number of lab course responsibilities. If time permits, the IST may be assigned to help with lab courses run by outside organizations or to aid faculty with their research. The IST should be able to accomplish these assignments with little or no supervision.
In addition to supporting the biology courses above, this IST is involved with monitoring and maintaining the cell and molecular biology related equipment (e.g., high speed/ultra centrifuges, imaging equipment, incubators, PCR, spectrophotometers, etc) in the common use equipment rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Life Sciences North building. This IST also supervises one graduate assistant (GA), who assists the IST in the monitoring and maintaining of the cell and molecular biology common use equipment during the Fall and Spring semesters.
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Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $4,107 - $4,500 per month (CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,107 - $6,667 per month). The competitive salary is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.
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- The IST must create a list(s) of supplies, equipment, and solutions that will be needed for each exercise. It is the technician’s duty to make sure that all of these items on the list(s) are available at class time. If any items need to be replenished during or between labs the IST must make sure this is done. Therefore, careful monitoring of supply and solution usage needs to be observed. Updates to currently run exercises or the addition of new exercises will require the IST to make appropriate changes in the current lists or to make up new lists for any newly designed exercises.
- There are numerous safety and environmental regulations that must be followed in the prep room and student labs. It is the responsibility of the IST to make sure these are being observed. These include hazardous waste segregation, labeling, and disposal and monitoring of personnel to make certain they adhere to proper safety procedures.
- To successfully run a student lab, supporting materials need to be ordered in a timely manner. The IST must keep track of supplies and chemicals such that they are always available for labs when needed. Quotes for the supplies and chemicals need to be obtained before ordering. If the IST uses a San Diego State University credit card to order, then the transaction paper work will need to be compiled and submitted to Accounts Payable.
- Communications between the IST and the TAs or supervising faculty may include text, phone, face-to-face, or email messages as well as regular TA group meetings. The IST must direct and arrange for regular group meetings during the semester. At group meetings good explanations of how to use the equipment and supplies for upcoming exercises is imperative, as it is critical that the instructors for the class know how to properly use the classroom resources. Group meetings may also be used to discuss lab issues, bring up important reminders, and to take suggestions from TAs about how to improve each lab. Furthermore, other regular communications to TAs throughout the semester should be done. These include:
- what parts of exercises should be performed on a given day
- special precautions that should be observed by the students in upcoming exercises
- how students should make solutions for a given exercise
- quiz dates and due dates for reports or homework
- what solutions should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer at the end of a lab section
- what data, graphics, tables, etc should be included in reports about a particular student exercise
- Certain exercises require special preparations. The IST must make sure these preparations are started early enough that they are available to the lab sections when needed. The IST may carry out these preparations or in some cases may train assistants to perform them. These include rat liver preparations, mammalian and bacterial cell culture preparations, and bacterial plasmid preparations.
- The lab manual for the class needs to be submitted for publication each semester. The IST must make any needed corrections or modifications to the lab manual before submitting the manual for publications each semester.
- The IST must supervise personnel assigned to help with student lab preparation and cleanup. The IST is responsible for directing the work of these personnel and making sure the personnel are adequately trained to perform their assigned duties in an efficient and safe manner. These personnel must be informed of work deadlines and given a reasonable amount of time to meet the deadlines. Therefore, the IST must have knowledge of how long various tasks performed by these personnel will require to be completed.
- Technical problems may arise during the student labs. The IST may be called upon to help troubleshoot these problems. Therefore, the IST must have a solid working knowledge of how each exercise works so that correction of a problem(s) can be readily accomplished. This understanding of the exercises should also aid the IST in implementing new protocols, techniques, and designs that may make the exercises run more efficiently.
- A web page/syllabus for Bio 366L with important class information is made available for students over the Internet. This information must be kept up to date and requires a working knowledge by the IST of how to access necessary computer files and how to edit a web page using an HTML editor.
- Classroom equipment (including computers) is a critical component of any laboratory. The IST should set up and follow regular maintenance schedules for equipment based on manufacturer’s recommendations. All equipment needed for a particular exercise should be put out at the appropriate time by the IST and readied for student use. If equipment is found to be faulty then it will need to be repaired or replaced. If the IST cannot perform the repairs, then arrangements to have the equipment repaired by another source should be made. Equipment that is out of date, constantly breaking down, or so old that replacement parts cannot be found may need to be replaced. IST requests for new or replacement equipment is done annually and careful research so as to acquire the equipment that fulfills the needs of the lab at the best value should be performed before making an equipment request.
- Monitor and maintain cell and molecular biology related equipment in the common use equipment rooms. Also involves supervision of a graduate assistant related to the role of monitoring and maintaining the common use equipment.