Human Resources

Title: Laboratory Assistant - Psychology
Classification: T2
Department: Psychology Department

Job Summary:
Assists in laboratory activities related to teaching and research, and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment and supplies.

Primary Duties & Global Responsibilities:

  • Set up and operate laboratory equipment, including video, computer, and electro-physiological monitoring equipment.
  • Assist in the logistics and coordination of experiments and observations being carried out in the laboratories.
  • Maintain departmental lab records as required.
  • Manage the subject pool for ongoing experiments.
  • Responsible for orderliness and cleanliness of lab areas.
  • Assist in care and treatment of laboratory animals.
  • Maintain inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Initiate requisitions for the replacement of times and repair of equipment as necessary.
  • Demonstrate and/or explain to student employee(s)/student assistant(s) proper laboratory procedures.
  • Oversee research assistants and students who are using the lab.
  • Develop and implement procedures for the efficient operation of a laboratory.
  • Install, test and maintain laboratory software.
  • Supervise student employees.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • High school graduate.
  • Two years of college course work in psychology and biological sciences.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully maintain positive interpersonal relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully operate office equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully provide quality customer service.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully maintain satisfactory work performance and attendance record.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully work independently, organize own work and coordinate work activities of others.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully operate computer, video, and/or electro-physiological monitoring equipment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge on safety regulations and procedures associated with electrical equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully show knowledge of basic electronics and mechanical aptitude.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully install and test computer software.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree.
  • Higher education experience.
  • Supervisory experience.

Supervision Received:
Supervised by a designated supervisor, but is expected to work independently and apply appropriate policies and procedures within the assigned area of responsibility.

Supervision Exercised:
Hire, train, supervise, schedule and coordinate the work for student employees and may act as lead worker to other COT staff members within the department/unit/division.

Revised Date: July 2009 For questions regarding employment, email Human Resources Employment Information. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.