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Laboratory Equipment Technician I

Department: Science Support Equipment

Laboratory Equipment Technician I – Administration

The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science.

The mission of the Allen Institute administration team is to provide support and structure to the scientific divisions. Coinciding with the team science approach, administration helps facilitate team learning and the overall mission of the Institute.

Work as part of a team responsible for laboratory equipment installation, maintenance, and repair. Collaborate with internal customers and external partners to ensure laboratory equipment are maintained on schedule and downtime is minimized.

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds. High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Essential Functions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Install, maintain, and repair common laboratory equipment such as scale, pipette, centrifuge, freezer, incubator, biosafety cabinet, PCR hood, etc.
  • Work with customers (equipment users) to identify equipment purchase need and installation schedule
  • Work with external partners (vendors) to schedule and assist with outside services such as preventative maintenance and warranty repair
  • Database data entry

Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 0-1 year of related experience
  • Basic understanding of electrical, mechanical, fluid and gas properties, and wiring connections
  • Working knowledge of common life-science laboratory equipment such as scale, pipette, freezer, incubator, centrifuge, bench top microscope, biosafety cabinet, etc.
  • Associate Degree
  • Proficient with hand tools and selected power tools
  • Good verbal and written communications
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Must be organized and able to keep good records
  • Must be willing to learn and train on new knowledge and technique
  • Experience working in a research, manufacturing, or biotechnology laboratory environment

Work Environment

  • Laboratory atmosphere - possible exposure to chemical, biological or other hazardous substances

Physical Demands

  • Working at computer for extended periods of time
  • Sitting, standing, bending, squatting as found in typical office and laboratory environment
  • Able to lift or move up to 30 lbs.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This role is currently working onsite and remotely when possible, due to COVID-19 and our focus on employee safety. We continue to evaluate the safest options for our employees.
  • This is an essential job and expected to report for work regardless of weather conditions
  • Rotating evening and weekend on-call coverage every 3-4 weeks

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • In keeping with our focus on employee safety, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. All employees will be required to keep their vaccination status up to date according to CDC guidance and our policy.

It is the policy of the Allen Institute to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Allen Institute will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.





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