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OFFICIAL JOB TITLE:  Professional Technician I - III       

DIVISION: Academic and Student Affairs

DEPARTMENT: Medical Laboratory Science

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS:   Faculty Federation   


FLSA STATUS: Exempt                       

REPORTS TO:  Chairperson of the Medical Laboratory Science Department

SUPERVISES:  Supervises junior staff members and student employees.

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Department of Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth seeks a full-time Professional Technician to work with faculty to set up and maintain teaching laboratories, stockrooms, and instruments, assist students and faculty in projects and research, and perform other duties as assigned by the department chair. They will also provide guidance to faculty in the planning of new laboratory preparations. Follows the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.


  • Set up laboratory classes according to established guidelines.
  • Oversee student preparation of materials and equipment for lab procedures.
  • Reinforce safety procedures and appropriate use of equipment by faculty and students.
  • Oversee the removal of lab set-ups; clean labs; assure proper disposal and sterilization of equipment and tools.
  • Oversee the moving of equipment from room to room or laboratory on an as needed basis.
  • Maintain laboratories, stockrooms, prep rooms, and instruments; purchase local supplies for labs as needed; oversee routine clean-up of assigned areas; calibrate and check instruments and obtain service if needed.
  • Responsible for the ordering, stocking, and control of laboratory supplies, weekly laboratory set-up and breakdown of a diverse array of teaching laboratories. Maintain supply of glassware, pipette tips, Lysol, distilled water, cuvettes, saline, chemical solutions, and reagents.
  • Management of chemical and biological waste.
  • Maintain current inventory of equipment, materials, supplies and chemicals; oversee and assure security of laboratory equipment and process claims according to established procedures and guidelines; communicate with vendors; research and purchase equipment and supplies as assigned.
  • Monitor budgets and inform department chairperson of budget status.
  • Handles shipping and receiving for the department which may be received directly or processed through the shipping and receiving department.
  • Maintain relationships with support staff (custodians, other technicians, etc.), and the business office.
  • Assists faculty and students in projects and research by obtaining supplies and equipment.
  • Assist faculty in the installation of software for use in laboratory experiments.
  • Adjust, maintain and perform minor repair to equipment including but not limited to microscopes, video scopes, and chemistry analyzers; report major repair needs or arrange for repairs according to established procedures.
  • Prepare and maintain various records and reports related to laboratory operations and activities as required.
  • Assist in the coordination of the use of lab facilities, assuring the availability of appropriate supplies and equipment.
  • Collect and grow specimens as needed; maintain or grow necessary cultures used in labs; prepare culture media and solutions for assigned lab.

Performs other related duties as assigned by the department chairperson.

Minimum required qualifications:

Education:  Bachelor's degree required. Certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT); Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) certification is preferred.

Experience:  Previous hands-on experience with the operation and maintenance of laboratory facilities.

Other:  Available during evening and weekend hours as teaching/project schedules dictate. Ability to lift moderate weight (40 lbs) from the floor to laboratory benches. Local and regional travel may be required for training, networking, and/or equipment or specimen pickup.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities required:

  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty and students in a team environment especially in the development of new laboratory preparations and in the safe operation of laboratory equipment.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills as required for interaction with faculty, students, support staff, and external vendors
  • Ability to work in a complex environment and manage multiple demands/requests from multiple parties in a timely manner
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible
  • Computer proficient
  • Experience with instrumentation in blood bank, hematology, chemistry, and microbiology.
  • Self-starter with the motivation to anticipate laboratory needs.
  • Ability to learn new technologies and software, to maintain the department's computer clusters.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to learn and operate university purchasing and record keeping systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct and supervise students assisting in laboratory set-up.
  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment problems.
  • Ability to fabricate/assemble items.
  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Experience training faculty/students in laboratory procedures, equipment operation and maintenance in a higher education academic setting.
  • Three or more years of experience in a supervisory or managerial role.
  • Experience working with medical laboratory scientists and technicians and representatives of equipment vendors and manufacturers to obtain equipment, supplies, and support.

Note:  Other job related duties and responsibilities may be assigned and/or the job description changed periodically to reflect changing organization needs.

Note: All position descriptions need to be completed and approved before recruiting activities begin. All updated or revised administrative positions descriptions must be approved by appropriate Vice Chancellor/designee and the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources/designee. All new administrative position descriptions must be approved by the Vice Chancellor/designee, and Vice Chancellor of Human Resources/designee. If applicable the Office of Human Resources will provide notice to and consult with the union representative.

February 2021


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