Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Z0010 / Lab Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 07

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under direct supervision, sets up lab experiments and/or participates in the fabrication and installation of equipment for specified classes or laboratory research projects within a physical or life sciences discipline. Duties may include fabrication of research/testing components, preparing specimens, media, and equipment, making chemical solutions, and cleaning up after labs, as appropriate to the specific position. May assist students in lab activities, and may perform miscellaneous administrative duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Prepares various test specimens and growth media for use in biology, chemistry, or related labs.
  2. Prepares chemical solutions for use in lab experiments.
  3. Sets up equipment for use in labs; ensures proper operation of equipment, and reports operating deficiencies to supervisor.
  4. Assists students in lab experimentation, as appropriate; provides guidance in learning and/or functional operation of experiments and equipment.
  5. Cleans lab facilities and equipment after lab exercises are complete; breaks down and stores supplies and equipment as applicable.
  6. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to follow routine verbal or written instructions.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Skill in providing guidance and instruction in laboratory protocols and in the safe use of laboratory equipment.
  • Knowledge of experimental procedures, protocols, and preparation techniques within area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Ability to set up, calibrate, operate, and maintain standard laboratory and test equipment.
  • Knowledge of the cleaning specifications of various laboratory and/or medical equipment, fixtures, utensils, and related materials.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) following detailed protocol, procedures, and instructions in the setting up of laboratory experiments; a) preparation of laboratory specimens, growth media, and chemical solutions for experiments; b) installation, modification, and/or fabrication of standard to moderately complex laboratory equipment; c) advisement, assistance, and oversight of students and/or others in the operation and care of laboratory research equipment.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017