Instructional Support Tech II - Cell and Molecular Biology

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Education Support Professionals

Working Title: Instructional Support Tech II - Cell and Molecular Biology

Classification Title: Instructional Support Technician II

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Sunday, October 9th @ 11:55pm PDT

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

The incumbent is responsible for providing overall instructional support for undergraduate and graduate laboratory courses in cell and molecular biology, as well as support for related courses as necessary.

The IST II is responsible for safe storage and handling of materials and equipment in the cell/molecular area, laboratory preparation and ordering for cell/molecular courses, as well as maintaining all reagents, gels, DNA and protein samples, and bacterial, animal, and plant materials. Incumbent is responsible for the routine maintenance of equipment used in cellular and molecular biology laboratory courses, such as centrifuges, thermocyclers, UV transilluminators, cameras, gel driers, UV spectrophotometer, pH meters, water baths, water still, pipettors, micropipettors, and glassware. Manage scheduled maintenance and sterility of laminar flow hoods and incubators, as well as the maintenance of microscopes. The incumbent also provides lead work direction to undergraduate and/or graduate students.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

CSU Classification Salary Range: $ 4,180 - $ 7,254 per month

Hiring Range: Anticipated hiring range is $4,180 - $4,583 per month, commensurate with education, experience, skills, and training.

Salary Grade/Range:  1

Recruitment TypeRegular (Probationary)

Time BaseFull-Time

Pay Plan 12 months 

Work Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hours may vary depending on operational needs.

Department Information 

The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Sacramento is one of the largest programs on campus, with approximately 1,400 undergraduate and 60 Master’s students, 32 permanent faculty, approximately 40 temporary faculty, and 11 technical and administrative support team members. Most of the Department is found in the new Tschannen Science Complex, and courses cover the range of biology, including evolution, microbiology, molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, ecology, and conservation biology.

Minimum Qualifications 

Knowledge of the principles of performing support services; knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques related to the discipline and the curriculum; knowledge of the materials and supplies in the curriculum and their uses.
Ability to plan, organize, and schedule activities, ability to operate technical equipment related to the discipline; ability to maintain records; ability to adjust and perform simple maintenance of technical and scientific equipment;
Equivalent of three years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to the area to which assigned.
Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies or equipment and in a discipline related to the area may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies or equipment and in a discipline related to the area to which assigned may be substituted for two years of the required

Required Qualifications 

1. Knowledge of the principles of performing support services for lower and upper division molecular biology courses as well as masters-level, cell and molecular biology laboratory courses.
2. Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques related to cell and molecular laboratory courses.
3. Knowledge of the use of materials and supplies in biological sciences laboratory courses.
4. Knowledge of laboratory safety as well as state and federal guidelines around laboratory safety and hazardous waste/biohazardous waste storage and disposal.
5. Experience with or demonstrated ability to prepare and culture both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell cultures and freeze and recover viable eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell lines
6. Experience with preparation and storage of genomic DNA, plasmid DNA, total RNA and protein samples, agarose gels, and SDS-PAGE gels.
7. Experience with preparation of buffer, enzyme, fixative and other reagent solutions.
8. Knowledge of ordering laboratory materials needed for specific laboratory exercises and protocols.
9. Ability to maintain all reagents, gels, DNA and protein samples
10. Ability to supervise and coordinate student assistants, teaching assistants and volunteers in the preparation of materials.
11. Experience with performing routine maintenance of laboratory equipment used in cellular and molecular biology courses, such as centrifuges, UV transilluminators, cameras, gel driers, UV spectrophotometer, pH meters, water still, pipettors, micropipettors, and glassware.
Condition of Employment:
- Ability to pass a background check

Preferred Qualifications 

12. B.S. or B.A. degree and graduate coursework in biology or related field.
13. Experience working or assisting in teaching laboratories.
14. Experience working with diverse student populations.
15. Ability to perform PCR, design PCR primers, analyze DNA sequences, and/or use bioinformatic tools
16. Ability to perform quantitative PCR, Pulse-Field Gel electrophoresis, and/or Southern hybridization
17. Ability to set up ligations, construct recombinant plasmids, perform transformations, and/or construct site-specific mutants via genetic engineering

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume and cover letter.

Failure to upload these documents into the online application may result in disqualification.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit 

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

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