5930 Microbiology Laboratory Coordinator


TITLE Microbiology Laboratory Coordinator




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Department Head, Biology

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Natural and Applied Science


The Microbiology Laboratory Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the personnel and equipment resources which support microbiology laboratories and developing schedules which ensure that the appropriate types and quantities of equipment and supplies are available and ready for laboratory sessions.  The Microbiology Laboratory Coordinator is directly responsible for the care and use of laboratory animals and for departmental compliance with federal and state regulations governing proper breeding, care, feeding, and disposal of laboratory animals.  The Microbiology Laboratory Coordinator supervises the training and activities of student workers.  The Microbiology Laboratory Coordinator is responsible for teaching laboratory sections of microbiology courses as assigned and assisting in course development of microbiology laboratory classes.


Education: A Master’s degree in Microbiology or a related biological science discipline is required.

Experience:   At least one year of experience is required in either an industrial, commercial, governmental or other laboratory setting where exposure to the maintenance of a variety of microbial organisms and knowledge of equipment and supplies typically used in a university biology or microbiology laboratory was gained. 

Skills:  Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Effective interpersonal skills are required.  The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Organizational and supervisory skills are preferred.

Effort: Must possess visual acuity (20/20 or corrected 20/20) in order to perform microscopy on laboratory samples, procedures with laboratory animals, and to weigh chemicals and media on a digital balance.  Occasionally required to lift equipment and materials weighing up to 50 pounds.

Other: Scope of the position occasionally requires evening and weekend work to care for laboratory animals or check laboratory specimens.


1. Ensures that microbiology laboratories meet the needs of faculty thus supporting academic instruction in the Department of Biology by reviewing each course syllabus and determining the specific laboratory requirements for simultaneously-occurring yet different laboratory sessions, developing a schedule which organizes and coordinates personnel and equipment resources to satisfy those identified laboratory requirements, and supervising student workers who prepare media (bacteria food), set up laboratory equipment and specimens, and take down and clean laboratory equipment after laboratory sessions.

2. Teaches laboratory sections of introductory and upper-level microbiology courses under the direction of microbiology faculty.  These laboratories are designed to introduce microbiology students to laboratory applications of microbial principals and must be closely associated with the lecture component of the course.  Teaching may represent approximately one-fourth of the duties.

3. Enables the Department of Biology to provide a comprehensive learning experience for students enrolled in microbiology laboratories by growing microbial cultures and monitoring their development, breeding, feeding and caring for laboratory animals and training and supervising student employees who care for the animals during weekends, supervising the appropriate use of laboratory animals during laboratory sessions, and ensuring that stock microbial cultures, media, laboratory equipment, testing instruments, and laboratory animals are ready and available in sufficient numbers for specific laboratory sessions.

4. Ensures that sufficient quantities and types of equipment and supplies are available for laboratory sessions by being knowledgeable of the equipment and supplies typically used in microbiology and biology laboratories, maintaining an accurate inventory of on-hand quantities and items, preparing appropriate documents to replace shortages, receiving and inventorying for accuracy and completeness equipment and supplies purchased for the department, storing and issuing equipment and supplies for specific laboratory sessions.

5. Minimizes institutional liability regarding federal and state regulations governing the care and use of laboratory animals by being knowledgeable of the guidelines specified in those regulations and enforcing compliance through regular inspections for cleanliness of cages and associated animal living areas, for proper storage of animal food supplies to avoid contamination, and for proper disposal of deceased animals. 

6. Assists students during laboratory sessions by demonstrating the use of laboratory equipment such as microscope, spectrophotometer, electrophoretic apparatus, and answering their questions regarding laboratory procedures, when directed by a faculty member.

7. Maintains operational condition of scientific equipment used in microbiology laboratories by cleaning, calibrating, adjusting and making minor repairs on equipment such as microscopes, spectrophotometers, electrophoretic apparatus, autoclave machines, and arranging with the on-campus maintenance department or off-campus commercial vendors to repair equipment requiring major repairs.

8. Develops an effective and competent staff of student workers by recruiting and hiring qualified applicants, providing training in departmental policies and procedures, scheduling work assignments, supervising work activities, and evaluating performances.

9. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

10. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Department Head.

11. Contributes to the overall success of the Department of Biology by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Microbiology Laboratory Coordinator is supervised by the Department Head of Biology and supervises student workers in microbiology laboratories.





Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 4 - 2300 Points: Knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, engineering, social sciences, communications, education, law, or medicine. Knowledge permits the employee to complete assignments by applying established methods to recurring types of projects/problems susceptible to well-documented precedents or to schedule, plan, and carry out precedented projects. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out precedented projects requiring considerable experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty along with significant related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with substantial work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with substantial work experience. Knowledge requirements generally also include a significant amount of related work experience and may include administrative or supervisory experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 2 - 130 Points: Regular, but limited, supervision, training, or directing the work assignments of (a) small numbers of student, part-time or temporary workers, or (b) one or more permanent, full-time employees. The nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 400 Points: Work involves services including collecting, processing, and disseminating information and providing advice to others. Work activities may be complex and likely affect the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services to the extent that others rely on the advice given in order to make decisions. Work activities typically affect the efficiency of the department but have relatively minor effects on operations within the cost center. Individuals in jobs at this level are often responsible for actively documenting, monitoring, and controlling expenditures. Incumbents may recommend minor expenditures, but have no substantive authority over budgets.