Instructional Support Tech II - Microbiology

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Education Support Professionals, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title: Instructional Support Technician II - Microbiology

Classification Title: Instructional Support Technician II

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Monday, December 4th @ 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 in this position provides technical support to all Microbiology: allied health, diversity, pathogenic, food, and mycology related disciplines in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Working independently, the incumbent oversees the Microbiology Prep Lab. This facility procures, maintains, and manages all materials, including maintenance of microbial culture stocks, disposition of biohazardous and chemical wastes utilized and generated in the above-mentioned courses, and serves approximately 16-18 laboratory sections/week each semester.
Responsibilities also include 1) providing support for courses assigned to the position, 2) coordinating the maintenance and repair of equipment for the Microbiology Prep Lab and assigned courses and 3) provides training and oversees Microbiology Prep Lab student assistants, graduate student assistants and work study students. Autoclave training, maintenance, and problem solving.

FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for overtime compensation) 

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

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

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Salary Grade/Range:  1

Recruitment TypeRegular (Probationary)

Time BaseFull-Time

Pay Plan12 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 1,600 undergraduate and 60 Master’s students, 30 permanent faculty, approximately 45 temporary faculty, and 12 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 experience.

Required Qualifications 

1) Ability to apply fundamental microbiological principles, methods, and techniques related to microbiology laboratory courses.
2) Knowledge of the use of materials and supplies in biological sciences laboratory courses.
3) Ability to adhere to and apply safety guidelines regarding laboratory safety, biohazardous waste storage and disposal, and hazardous waste.
4) Experience with or demonstrated ability to prepare, culture, freeze, and recover prokaryotic cells
5) Experience working with microbiology and molecular biology techniques used in teaching laboratories, including but not limited to aseptic technique, preparation of solutions, culture media, plates, glassware, and consumables, PCR, and DNA isolation
6) Knowledge of the proper storage of materials and supplies used in biological sciences laboratory courses.
7) Ability ordering and budgeting for laboratory supplies used in specific laboratory exercises and protocols.
8) Ability to provide lead work direction and coordinate student assistants, teaching assistants and/or volunteers in the preparation of materials.
9) Ability to properly operate equipment related to the job, including (but not limited to) Microscopes (compound, stereomicroscope), analytical balances, pH meters, micropipettes, spectrophotometer, centrifuges, autoclaves, water baths, incubators, laminar flow hood, and other standard laboratory equipment.
10) Ability to work independently and follow written protocols.
11) Experience using basic computer software including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Outlook.
12) Ability to plan, organize, and schedule work-related activities, including working with undergraduate and graduate student schedules
Conditions of Employment
- Ability to pass background check.

Preferred Qualifications 

13) B.S. or B.A. degree in biology or related field, and coursework in microbiology; M.S. or M.A. in biology or related discipline with coursework in microbiology.
14) Experience working or assisting in teaching laboratories.
15) Experience working with diverse student populations.
16) Ability to problem solve and think critically, often under time constraints.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume and cover letter.

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

About Sacramento 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 is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and 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.

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.

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.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

Out of State Employment

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.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (ie. 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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