FWS - CAS/Biology, Microbiology Lab Assistant 21-22


  1. Prepare and maintain lab materials, especially various types of agar plates and broth media tubes used to grow bacteria.
  2. Assist with maintaining and expanding stocks of bacterial cultures as needed.
  3. Assist with lab upkeep by cleaning glassware, autoclaving waste and maintaining inventory of lab materials.
  4. Assist with organizing and testing specific lab materials needed for each lab activity.
  5. Maintain records of lab material preparation/contributions in a lab notebook.
  6. Perform other duties as assigned by microbiology instructor.


  1. The position requires attention to detail, and strong time-management and organizational skills.
  2. Completed BIO 350.
  3. Science major.

Preferred Availability:

Preparation for labs usually occurs on Fridays for the upcoming week, so Friday availability is preferred.  Additional work hours Monday-Thursday are flexible according to instructor and applicant’s schedule but will occur within normal business hours.

Career Competencies students may grow in:

 __ Career & Self-Development: Proactively develop through personal & professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths & weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities and networking to build relationships inside and outside the organization

__ Communication: Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization

__Critical Thinking: Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information

__ Equity & Inclusion: Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage & include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices

__ Leadership: Recognize & capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals

__ Professionalism: Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of larger community and workplace

__ Teamwork: Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities

__ Technology:  Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals

Computer Skill:  Word

Other Skills:  Attention to detail, Strong active listening abilities, Written & Verbal communication, Willingness to learn new things

Work Schedule:  Depending on their class schedule, the students will be working   on weekdays and only the occasional weekend if there is a time-sensitive project to be completed.

Work Conditions: Employee encounters while performing essential functions of the job:  Heat, Machinery, BSL 1 Microorganisms

Physical Demands encountered while performing the essential functions of this job:  Keyboarding, Reaching/handling, Stooping/kneeling, Pushing up to 20 lbs, Lifting up to 20 lbs, Carrying up to 20 lbs

Additional Comments:  

This position would be especially useful to science majors interested in pursuing careers in laboratory science or health-related fields. The applicant will learn and practice marketable skills necessary for working in most laboratory settings, in addition to specialized skills in microbiology.

Number of Positions: 1

Pay Rate: $10/hr

Supervisor:  Jessica Slade

To Apply, complete required sections and upload your academic schedule (and practice schedule) in addition to uploading your resume or complete and upload the document titled "Student Employment Application".

Application Notes: Resumes and applications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. Inquiries may be directed to the University of Pikeville Title IX Coordinator by calling 606-218-5216.



Date Posted: 08/25/2021
Department: Biology
Employment Type: Part-Time (20 hours)
Position Type: Federal Work Study
We are no longer taking applications for this position.