Senior Scientific Supply Technician

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Work Type: Staff/Classified
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Biological Sciences - Kent Campus [100093]

Job Title:

Senior Scientific Supply Technician

Physical Location:

 Kent, OH



Basic Function:

Provide assistance in the procurement, storage and distribution of scientific supplies and equipment for a large number of research or teaching laboratory rooms (i.e. ten or more); maintain equipment, chemical or supply inventories and related records in research or teaching laboratories; coordinate facility repair projects.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Provide assistance in the procurement, storage and distribution of scientific supplies and equipment for a large number of research or teaching laboratory rooms (i.e. ten or more), including the following activities:

- Match order with invoices and records; and note and report discrepancies as necessary.

- Calculate costs of materials from quotations and procure supplies and equipment.

- Maintain and prioritize equipment service contracts.

- Maintain chemical inventory for research labs.

Review contracts with Kent State General Counsel office.

Maintain required quantities of equipment, chemicals or materials; prepare special solutions as required; maintain related records.

Provide oversight of equipment repairs and work with outside vendors.

Coordinate facility repair projects; notify University Facilities Management of needed repairs or maintenance of facilities.

Provide over-counter services for students and staff requiring laboratory materials.

Maintain clean and orderly storeroom; rotate stock; coordinate disposal of hazardous chemicals in accordance with government and safety regulations.

Maintain records of controlled substance receipt and distribution.

Serve as liaison with Compliance and Risk Management and department faculty.

May maintain key log and distribute keys; ensure appropriate access to laboratories according to safety requirements.

May set up laboratory equipment; may perform maintenance of laboratory equipment.

May drive vehicle to pick up and deliver supplies.

May mix chemical solutions for scheduled laboratory experiments.

May train and direct student or temporary employees; may participate in training new employees.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent plus two years of post-secondary education with course work in a scientific or related discipline. A minimum of two years of experience working with laboratory and chemical supplies and equipment (or equivalent training or experience which provides comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities).



Knowledge Of:

Microsoft Office software applications and experience with use of online computer database searching and ordering
Hazardous chemical disposal in accordance with state and federal regulations
Appropriate safety practices and procedures
Storeroom operations

Skill In:

Interpersonal communication to effectively interact with University personnel and public in person and over the telephone (e.g., to determine the faculty's need for equipment and solutions, to order supplies from vendors)
Written communication (e.g., to assist with writing lab procedures manual)

Ability To:

Interpret laboratory instructions and mix chemical solutions accordingly if required by the position
Maintain accurate records
Read and comprehend a variety of written material, some of a technical nature
Operate a computer
Understand an inventory system
Perform basic mathematics (e.g., add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, and to calculate percentages)
Demonstrate physical dexterity and maneuver 100 pounds

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

 KSU experience preferred.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Exerting up to 50 pounds of force frequently to move objects and up to 100 pounds of force occasionally. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent is required to travel from building to building occasionally and off campus occasionally.

Working Schedule:


Additional Information:



The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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