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POST DATE 9/3/2016
END DATE 1/2/2017

University of California - Merced Merced, CA

Merced, CA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
High School Diploma or GED


Lab Assistant III (Limited Term)

Job Category:

UC Merced Continuous Recruitment


Temporary General

Position Code:




Closing Date:

Review of applications will occur as openings are available. This is a temporary employment pool.


$17.72 Hourly


Atwater, Merced and Fresno Centers

Background check:

Background check may be required


The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With approximately 7,300 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Under general supervision, incumbents perform technical and/or supervisory duties in a laboratory.

Incumbents typically supervise the purchasing, receiving, storing, distribution and maintenance of laboratory equipment used by students, teaching assistants, faculty and/or staff personnel; supervise lower level Laboratory Assistants and/ or students in the laboratory; coordinate the physical preparation of laboratories and the scheduling of dates for experiments for a variety of teaching courses; and supervise the preparation and distribution of culture media, chemical solutions and other material for various class laboratories.

Technical assignments at this level typically require scientific knowledge and skills which might be expected from incumbents at the college "upper division" level or from incumbents who have acquired equivalent knowledge and skills through experience. The following examples are typical of technical assignments at this level: collection, classification and filing of scientific material; dissecting, assembling and mounting of skeletal and other body parts; preparation of charts, graphs and/or models involving experimental data; modification of media solutions; performance of microtechnique procedures including knowledge of staining, and the ability to distinguish between treated and untreated plant tissue; and performance of surgical procedures on animals without supervision.

Review of applications will occur as openings are available. This is a temporary employment pool for Lab Assistant III. This position is reopened every six months so please re-apply if you remain interested in the position. This position will close on December 31, 2016.


Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and three years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and two years of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Demonstrated communication skills to convey information accurately, clearly and concisely.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with people from a wide variety of ethnic, social and educational backgrounds.

Demonstrated skill in writing logical, concise and grammatically correct documents and procedures and instructions.

Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with diverse populations and establish good working relationships with internal and external staff.

Demonstrated ability to also work independently and with a high degree of accuracy.

Demonstrated ability to maintain clear and complete records.

Demonstrated ability to organize and maintain a clean, shared laboratory preparation area.

Demonstrated skill in setting priorities under conflicting demands of time to reflect organizational goals; ability to work with frequent interruptions and deadlines.

Demonstrated ability to operate PC with software for Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and other programs as needed.

Ability to read and comprehend fine print on chemical labels and catalogs.

To Apply:

Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

E-Verify: Effective September 8, 2009, all employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
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