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South Dakota State University
Department of Biology and Microbiology
South Dakota
Posted: 03/18/2022
Laboratory Technician and Coordinator

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Department of Biology and Microbiology is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Laboratory Technician and Coordinator. This position is a 9-month, non-faculty exempt, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Department Head.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. 

Starting date is August 2022. 


This position is responsible for maintenance of the prep room, ordering supplies, performing timely preparation, setup, and take-down of all teaching lab materials and equipment in coordination with teaching faculty and teach lab sections when needed. The successful candidate will prepare materials as requested, appropriately dispose of materials, and oversee student lab assistants assigned to specific preparatory and setup functions. Primary lab prep responsibilities will be for both the majors and non-majors general biology courses (BIOL 151L, 153L, 101L, 103L), botany (BOT 201L), ordering supplies for anatomy (BIOL 221L), and other courses when assigned. Additional responsibilities may include coordinating labs, supervising and training Graduate Teaching Assistants, and teaching labs. Essential functions of this position include:

  • Maintaining a safe, clean, and orderly lab prep room and teaching lab spaces. Special attention must be made for appropriate handling and storage of hazardous materials as indicated by up-to-date MSDS, federal, state, and university guidance.
  • Have a working knowledge of common lab calculations for making solutions in percentage, molar, or other common measurements.
  • Proactively maintain up-to-date inventory and order supplies and materials needed to support existing and new curriculum, consulting with vendors regarding supplies, material and equipment needs, and procure supplies and equipment while complying with state purchasing regulations.
  • Maintain purchase records and track budgets in a timely manner.
  • Devise, implement and troubleshoot preparation and training protocols for lab staff, including lab assistants and interns.
  • Troubleshoot, calibrate and perform regular and timely maintenance of standard and complex equipment found in scientific laboratories. Perform simple equipment repairs or arrange for major repairs of complex equipment or instrumentation.
  • Collaborate with faculty to develop and pilot new or updated curriculum using materials and equipment common to the discipline and to makes recommendations or alterations to protocols to improve procedures.
  • Coordinating labs and supervising and training Graduate Teaching Assistants.
  • Teach lab sections when needed and assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Biology, Microbiology or a closely related field by date of application;
  • Prior experience teaching or working in a science lab;
  • Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and use a variety of software packages consistent with the needs of the department such as Microsoft Office, inventory, and budgeting software;
  • Effective written and oral communication.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences;
  • Prior experience in coordination and effectively working with other instructors;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Effective organizational, time management and record keeping skills.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

University and the Brookings Community:

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The College of Natural Sciences was founded in 2018 and brings together four departments: Biology and Microbiology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography and Geospatial Sciences, and Physics. With its 19 tenure-track faculty, 7 lecturer-track faculty, 4 staff members, nearly 600 undergraduate and over 50 graduate students, the Department of Biology and Microbiology is the largest department within the College of Natural Sciences. The students can choose among five bachelor of science programs, 10 pre-health professional programs, and a M.S. and Ph.D. program in biological sciences, with two specializations. In the annual nationwide ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by College Factual, South Dakota State´s Biology program ranked in the top 8 percent nationally as a “Best Value for the Money” program. The Department has a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service, and supports research in a broad range of biological disciplines ranging from systems biology, immunology and microbiology, mammalian cell and molecular biology, biotechnology and synthetic biology, plant and animal microbiomes, plant cell and molecular biology, to discipline-based education. For a closer look, please visit the department website at:

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

Application Deadline:

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by April 7, 2022.

Application Process:

South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, a 1-page statement of teaching philosophy (attached as ‘other’ document), Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions about the position, contact Dr. Mandy Orth at (605) 688-4560 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.