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17 Jun 2021

Part-Time BioDesign Studio Lab Technician

The Tech Interactive – Posted by The Tech Interactive San Jose, California, United States

Job Description

BioDesign Studio Lab Technician

Part-time position; this position works approximately 10 hours per week


About The Tech

The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose. Our hands-on activities, experimental labs and design challenge experiences empower people to innovate with creativity, curiosity and compassion. The Tech is a world leader in the creation of immersive STEAM education resources to develop the next generation of problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally. We believe that everyone is born an innovator who can change the world for the better.

Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who challenge each other’s assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including but not limited to those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or nonconforming, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.


The Role

The BioDesign Studio Lab Technician has a key role in the ongoing operations of our biology-based exhibition space — BioDesign Studio — a space that allows people of all ages to personally create with biology. In this role, you will perform essential backend (not visitor-facing) lab tasks to support the ongoing operations of various exhibits within the BioDesign Studio exhibition (Living Colors Lab, Biotinkering Lab, and staff Bio Support Labs).

This position reports to the Facilitated Experiences Supervisor.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare basic biological stock solutions and reagents using common laboratory equipment. This includes visitor consumables such as agar nutrient plates and tubes with DNA and bacteria as well as other supplies as requested, depending on the specific visitor programs being run in the flexible exhibit areas.
  • Inventory, tracking and ordering of some exhibit supplies to ensure a stable supply chain of consumables and visitor gloves and goggles for both the Living Colors Lab and the BioTinkering Lab exhibits.
  • Maintenance of the Bio Support Lab aquaponics system including weekly tank water changes, water testing, and fish feeding.
  • Tracking and support of living systems being used in exhibits such as testing of bacterial batch efficacy for Living Colors Lab as well as helping with any living systems being used for visitor programs being run in the flexible exhibit area, as needed.
  • Other backend lab and supplies preparation duties, as assigned, to establish a fully functioning exhibit.
  • Weekly cleaning tasks to support smooth exhibit operations for both visitors and staff.
  • Restocking of exhibit areas with consumables for staff and visitors.
  • Accurate lab notes and record keeping for all lab tasks, exhibit stocks and visitor reagent batches produced.
  • Maintain active communication with the Facilitated Experiences Supervisor about material readiness, potential reagent issues, and equipment concerns or maintenance needs.
  • Attend staff and volunteer meetings, as assigned.


  • Degree or degree in progress in a science or related field required.
  • Experience in a lab setting is strongly desired.
  • Ability to follow written instructions.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to accurately complete repetitive work in an isolated environment
  • Detail oriented and with strong organizational skills.
  • Solid communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Interest in science and technology.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule based on the needs of The Tech.
  • Ability to adhere to The Tech’s grooming guidelines.


The Tech will provide an equal opportunity in recruitment and employment to all individuals and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, military or veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information,  or any other basis protected by applicable law.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Part-Time.

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