Academic Coordinator, School of Biological Sciences Laboratory Courses


Biological Sciences Laboratory Courses.


Administrative Duties:


Supervise all personnel in the Biological Sciences Teaching Support Group. This group functions in support of all undergraduate laboratory courses taught in the School of Biological Sciences. Their duties include the instruction of many of the courses, as well as administrative and technical support of all the courses. Personnel currently supervised by the Academic Coordinator are:


· two full time employees at SRA IV level

· one full time employee at SRA III level

· two full time employees at SRA II level

· one part-time employee at Lab Assistant I level


Future positions: It is expected that the staff of the Teaching Support Group, under the supervision of the Academic Coordinator, will increase in size in forthcoming academic years. This is to accommodate increased undergraduate enrollment within the School of Biological Sciences, as well as the incorporation of new laboratory courses related to Nursing, Public Health, and Pharmaceutical Sciences programs.


Interact with the Faculty Director of the School Undergraduate Laboratories on issues concerning personnel of the Teaching Support Group, including hiring and performance evaluations.

Interact with the Faculty Director of the School Undergraduate Laboratories on issues relating to course policies and administration, teaching assistants, and undergraduate students.


Specific Duties of the Academic Coordinator and Staff:


The Academic Coordinator and the SRAs serve as Coordinators for one or more courses taught in the School. In this capacity the Lab Coordinators perform administrative and academic duties such as scheduling, running workshops for the TAs, writing exams, writing lab manuals, creating web pages, and assigning grades for the specific course. Operational and support duties: include setting out supplies and equipment for each of the Lab exercises, making media and/or solutions, maintenance of live specimen (i.e. bacteria, viruses, fungi, goldfish, plants, sea urchins, rats, cockroaches, chick embryos) and disposal of biological and biochemical waste.


Additional Responsibilities of the Academic Coordinator:


Oversee ordering of supplies, reagents, and equipment used in teaching all lab courses in the School.


Oversee maintenance of all equipment used in teaching undergraduate lab courses in the School. This includes making decisions concerning the rules and regulations for the using the equipment in each course.


Oversee maintenance of all facilities used in teaching undergraduate lab courses in the School. This includes the teaching laboratories, prep rooms, warm rooms, cold rooms, and storage facilities.


Scientific Background Required for the Position:


The position of Academic Coordinator requires significant knowledge of chemistry and biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, mycology, and virology. Specific education and training in these areas, and/or extensive experience in the administration and teaching of laboratories at the undergraduate college/ university level is required.


Review of applications will begin on August 4, 2021, and the recruitment will remain open until filled. Qualified candidates should apply to the following on-line recruitment URL:


The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.