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Appointment Type: Staff Full-time
Department: Biology
Categories: Staff

Work Days: Monday-Friday
Shift Start/End Time: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Hours Per Week: 40
Weeks Per Year: 52

Life Science Technician

Pay Status and Classification: Non-exempt, Regular full time. This is a 12-month, on-site position.

Supervisor: Life Science Coordinator

Position Purpose: Procures and prepares chemicals, equipment, teaching aids and other materials for biological laboratory instruction. Maintains and improves biological laboratory spaces and equipment. Ensures that safety procedures are followed and animals are properly cared for.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Laboratory Management and Support: Prepares and breaks down all biology labs in coordination with the Life Science Coordinator. Troubleshoots and resolves technical problems during laboratory sessions. Acquires equipment, instrumentation and supplies. Prepares solutions/media. Maintains, tests, calibrates, and performs preventative maintenance on all scientific lab equipment, requisitions repairs as necessary. Washes glassware, lab benches, and conducts general cleaning. Restocks all labs and multiple storage areas with consumables. Assists/trains work-study students as needed. Assists in checking out equipment and chemicals to faculty and research students.
  2. Safety and Compliance: Ensures all safety standards and work practices are followed according to college policy and law. Maintains a high level of cleanliness in the animal facility. Prepares for government inspections. Humanely and safely prepares/disposes of animals used for labs. Maintains detailed, accurate animal records in accordance with the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC). Maintains the department chemical inventory using UNH CHEMs software. Maintains gas cylinders in the department (order refills and swap out empties).
  3. Administrative and Procurement: Keeps accurate records for each laboratory. Assists faculty with computer needs and upkeeps department computers. Supply requisition, including obtaining supplies from local stores and maintaining inventories of chemicals and supplies. Collects packages from the mailroom and distributes them.


  1. Associates degree in Biology with 1-3 years of experience with solution preparation, instrumentation utilization and repair and recordkeeping, and/or a combination of relevant education, training, certifications, and work experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  2. Chemistry and math skills to make appropriate lab solutions
  3. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Apps (i.e. Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs)
  4. The ability to foster and enhance a thriving, culturally diverse, and inclusive learning community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, alumni, faculty, and staff colleagues.
  5. Ability to multitask and manage competing priorities.
  6. Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently. 
  7. Animal care/IACUC experience preferred. 
  8. Knowledge of chemical regulatory and safety procedures preferred.

We are committed to recruiting diverse and excellent faculty and staff colleagues, and we recognize that successful candidates may come from a range of backgrounds. We know some job candidates may believe they need to meet every qualification listed in the position description, in particular the preferred qualifications. We encourage you to apply, even if you do not meet every one of the listed preferred qualifications. 

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.


The rate for this position is $20.00 - $21.92 per hour. Except for roles with a set rate of pay, the wage/salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The stated hiring rate/range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate/range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter and Summer Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents


If you require an accommodation throughout the interview process, please don't hesitate to contact our Human Resources department at or 518-388-6108. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates have equal access to opportunities and can participate in a fair and inclusive hiring process.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal-opportunity employer and is strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social, and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities who request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws and supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth-oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem-solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

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