Instructional Support Technician – Food Science & Nutrition (529916)

California Polytechnic State University
September 15, 2023
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Job Summary

Under the general direction of the FSN Department Head, the primary purpose of the Instructional Support Technician II (IST) position is providing course support for faculty and students in department-controlled laboratories and pilot plants. As part of the technical & operational staff team, the IST helps implement and monitor departmental safety and hygiene policies and contributes to their further development and improvement. The IST aids in scheduling equipment, instrument, and facility utilization as well as coordinating between equipment technicians, vendors and other stakeholders. The IST provides training in the use of department equipment and instruments, and partners with faculty to develop, refine, and implement activities that incorporate the latest scientific knowledge into the teaching and research programs and projects.

Department Summary

The Food Science and Nutrition (FSN) Department is comprised of tenured/ tenure track faculty, full-time lecturers, part-time lecturers, and support staff. Within the Department, there are two Bachelor of Science degree majors, two minors, a master's degree in Food Science, master's degree in Nutrition, a Dietetic Internship (DI), and a combined master's degree and dietetic program. In addition, students currently enrolled at Cal Poly as undergraduate students can apply to the blended master's in food science program (for food science undergraduate students) or blended master's in nutrition (for nutrition students). The Department also offers service courses that satisfy the US Cultural Pluralism and GE-B requirements for students in all majors, as well as core courses for students in the College of Business' Packaging minor.

Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the common principles, methods and techniques of chemistry, biochemistry and/or or microbiology as they relate to Food Science and Nutrition program areas.
  • Knowledge of the materials, supplies, and equipment utilized in chemistry, biochemistry and/or or microbiology and the ability to evaluate the materials and supplies commonly used in labs for these purposes as they relate to Food Science and Nutrition. Ability to prepare specialized materials and samples for use in food science and nutrition teaching and research.
  • Ability to operate scientific, technical, and culinary lab equipment and instruments and to interpret results.
  • Ability to adjust and make minor repairs on scientific and technical lab equipment.
  • Ability to respond quickly and appropriately in emergencies due to the presence of dangerous situations or hazardous materials; knowledge of and ability to read and understand Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and other hazardous property reference materials.

Education and Experience

Three years of experience providing instructional support services in a related discipline. Two years of college with 16 semester units in courses in the related specialty area discipline may be substituted for one year of required experience OR four years of college with 16 semester units in courses in the related specialist area discipline may be substituted for two years of required experience.

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $53,500 - $69,550 Per Year

Classification Range: $50,160 - $87,048 Per Year

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly's hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit .

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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