Food Science Lab Technician

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Food Science Department
Full/Part Time:


The College of Agricultural Sciences Department of Food Science is seeking to hire students and non-students for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. Duties to include: Operate autoclaves, ovens, deionizer, water still and controlled temperature rooms; Prepare bacteriological media, sterile solutions, buffers and diagnostic reagents; Wash glassware and other utensils both in main washroom and preparation area; Wash special purpose glassware in investigator’s room; Dispose of and sterilize media and samples containing bacteria; Prepare plate samples as required; Maintain supplies of glassware, media, chemicals, distilled and deionized water and other expendable supplies. May be required to operate University or personal vehicle for pickup and delivery of food samples, materials and supplies; Haul supplies and materials to and from Food Science Building; Calibrate and operate laboratory instruments used to chemically analyze food samples such as pH meters, balances, water activity meters, etc. Since this position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties, a valid driver`s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed as the need arises.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088