Laboratory Technician

Date Posted: 10/23/2023
Type/Department:Staff in Natural Science
Search Status:Position Filled
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Hampshire College

Department: Natural Science       

Job Title: Laboratory Technician

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule:  35 Hours a week

Pay Range/ Status: $21.00 - $23.00 Hour/ Non-Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

Reports to: Laboratory and Instrumentation Manager

Anticipated Start Date: January 8, 2024

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 700 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College. Natural science supports student learning and research in areas such as agricultural studies, biological and life sciences, chemistry, environmental studies and sustainability, health and pre-medical studies, marine science, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics. As part of the natural science team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals!


The laboratory technician provides general academic and laboratory support for courses and research conducted in Cole Science Center, and is responsible for the upkeep of laboratory areas. This includes routine tasks such as making solutions, glassware washing, autoclaving, re-stocking supplies, watering plants in the greenhouse, and maintaining general tidiness of the laboratories and storage areas. The laboratory technician also assists students with laboratory techniques, protocols, and analytical instrumentation usage.  They provide afternoon and evening oversight of student work conducted in Cole Science Center, and ensure a safe working environment for students in the building after regular business hours end (i.e. after 4:30 pm). The laboratory technician’s primary work hours are 1:00 – 9:00 pm Monday through Friday during the academic year and 10:00 am – 6:00 pm during the summer, when classes are not in session, and during the initial training period. The schedule may change due to the operational needs of the department and the division.

The laboratory technician follows and implements Hampshire College’s laboratory safety guidelines, and performs various safety-related duties (such as the handling of hazardous waste). They ensure, along with the laboratory and instrumentation manager, compliance with local, state and federal health, safety and environmental requirements. The laboratory technician will serve on the Cole Science Safety Committee and serve as the secondary laser safety officer (as necessitated by the MA Department of Radiation Control).

The laboratory technician will cross train with the Laboratory and Instrumentation Manager to learn basic operation and upkeep of analytical instrumentation, general laboratory upkeep, supplies ordering, and other routine tasks. They will also assist the laboratory and instrumentation manager with the chemical inventory maintenance, as well as with the organization and tidiness of stockroom, other supplies storage locations, and any other organization or cleaning tasks that happen in Cole Science Center.


  • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
  • Incorporates an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens into regular practice.
  • Demonstrates and supports a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Familiarity with general laboratory practices and working in a laboratory setting.
  • Well organized with good time management and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Must be able to respond calmly and safely and exercise good judgment under pressure and/or while managing a laboratory emergency.


  • Four-year college degree or equivalent
  • No job-related experience required

Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.


  • A minimum two years of relevant job experience.
  • Some experience in the operation and maintenance of the onsite analytical equipment (some examples include ICP-MS, laser ablation, ICP-AES, NMR, GC-MS, HPLC, FTIR, IC, FIA, UV-VIS, microscopes, spectrometers, incubators, fume and tissue culture hoods, water purification units, microplate readers, fluorescent microscopes, pH meters, autoclave)


Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We’re particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Review of applications will begin on November 13, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.