Education & Science
Laboratory Assistant PER COUNTY RULES, THIS POSITION IS ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT
Salary: $33,238 - $40,872 a year
Type: Full Time
Location: San Diego,
PER COUNTY RULES, THIS POSITION IS ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT AT STEP 1, $33,238.40 ANNUALLY.
COUNTY EMPLOYEES ARE SUBJECT TO THE COUNTY PROMOTION RULE FOR STEP PLACEMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH COMP
The County of San Diego is currently accepting applications for
The Laboratory Assistant performs a wide variety of laboratory support work in County laboratories. The current vacancy is
in the Public Health Laboratory; however, the list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in
other County departments.
As a Laboratory Assistant, you:
Perform work following laboratory safety practices
May perform animal dissections and remove brain tissue from rabid animals
Assist microbiologists, veterinary pathologists, plant pathologists or other laboratory personnel in varied laboratory
Prepare lab test kits, culture media, stains and reagents
Fill tubes and bottles with specified solutions and apply identification labels
Set up, label, and file microscope slides used for testing
Receive and prepare specimens for study and processing utilizing various methods and equipment
Perform lab courier duties picking up specimens and delivering supplies
Computer data entry and accessioning of sample data
Will work with infectious agents and infectious materials
And perform related work as required
Click here to review the Laboratory Assistant job description including examples of qualifying education and experience.
Required Education and Experience:
One (1) year of work experience as a laboratory aide/assistant in a clinical, public health or veterinary laboratory
performing the following tasks: collecting, inspecting, preparing, wrapping, distributing, washing, drying, and sterilizing
laboratory glassware, instruments, syringes, and needles; operating autoclaves, ovens and glassware washers; and filing,
labeling and distributing media and regents containers; OR,
Completion of at least one (1) year college level coursework which includes biology I/II, or chemistry I/II classes from an
accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency and must have included laboratory classes.
The ideal candidate will be attentive to detail and a meticulous worker; communicate effectively and value and respect
others; able to think logically and reach accurate deductions; willing to train in all sections of the lab; organized and detail
oriented; able to follow directions and protocols; good verbal and written communication skills with legible handwriting;
able to use both hands to manipulate materials and have normal color vision. Candidate must meet the minimum
education or experience criteria and additional experience is preferred, particularly in specimen accessioning and
processing, specimen staining, preparing stock solutions and working with autoclaves, balances, centrifuges, pH meters
and pipettes. A quality candidate can assist in lifting/transporting objects up to 75 pounds, is willing to work with infectious
materials and is willing to perform animal autopsies and remove brain tissue from rabid animals.
The names of qualified candidates will be placed on a twelve (12) month employment list based on scores received during
the evaluation of information contained in their employment application and supplemental questionnaire. Please ensure all
information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental application form will be reviewed
using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process your application will be
reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential
functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.
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