The Department of Biology at Gonzaga University invites
applications for a Biology Lab Specialist to prepare laboratory
facilities for the teaching of multi-section laboratory courses, to
assist with the implementation of lab curricula, to teach lab
sections, and to supervise teaching assistants and student workers.
The labs are the first semester component of
the HHMI SEA-PHAGES program (Science Education
Alliance – Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary
Science), which is a classroom-based undergraduate research
experience. Students use microbiology and molecular techniques to
discover, purify, and characterize bacteriophages from soil.
The Lab Specialist will prepare cultures and reagents for the
labs, supervise student assistants, coordinate the implementation
of the curriculum, and teach several lab sections each semester. We
seek applicants who have training or experience in microbiology
and/or molecular biology, and who have an interest in undergraduate
Essential Functions: • Maintain designated laboratory areas
and prepare them for classes. Important responsibilities within
this function include ordering and receiving materials and
equipment for the classes, maintaining inventory records,
coordinating the use, maintenance and repair of lab equipment and
resources, ensuring that facilities are prepped for each lab
section, and being available during regular working hours to assist
instructors in trouble-shooting.
• Help to implement the curriculum of lab courses. Important
responsibilities within this function include coordinating and
communicating with faculty who also teach the labs, delivering
curricular components to students via Blackboard or other methods,
and working with faculty to develop and implement changes to lab
curricula based on feedback from assessments and instructors.
• Teach up to four lab sections per semester. This function allows
full immersion in the teaching and implementation of the course,
providing the Lab Specialist with a good perspective to know best
how the lab facilities and materials are working, to train and
supervise the teaching assistants, to help evaluate the lab
curriculum, and to contribute to troubleshooting and improving the
labs. Three lab sections is the typical teaching load, given the
current number of lab sections being prepped.
• Supervise student assistants. Help secure and train teaching
assistants. Hire and train students to help prepare materials for
• Use summer to teach and work on lab course improvements. Teach
one lab section or an equivalent activity based on department need
(could include assisting in the prep of other summer lab courses,
providing training sessions for students involved in summer
research projects, or assisting with a faculty-led study abroad
program). Work with faculty involved in curriculum development to
make improvements to labs.
• Help meet the changing needs of the department over time.
• Other functions may include: overseeing Biology Department lab
fees budget, managing the greenhouse, archiving research materials
and data from lab courses, coordinating of the use of lab equipment
or providing expertise to help student research projects,
coordinating the course Practice in Lab Teaching, or supervising
- Master’s degree in Biology or related discipline.
- Two or more years of related experience
- Graduate coursework and/or research in microbiology or
- Relevant teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
- Experience working with bacteriophage.
Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic
institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will
contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a
committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are
encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to their disability
status and/or protected veteran status.
Location/Region: Spokane, WA (99258)