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Human Identification Laboratory Technician (Instructional Support Technician III)

Apply now Job no: 527785
Work type: Staff
Location: Chico
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time
Position Description

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

California State University (CSU), Chico is a comprehensive and residential public university, holding Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Chico State operates as part of the 23-campus CSU system, which educates the most ethnically, economically, and academically diverse student body in the nation. The University enrolls over 15,000 students, with over half identifying as first-generation college students.

Chico State is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the intersectional identities of our student body. The ideal candidate will embrace our values predicated on the primacy of student success and the elimination of equity gaps, have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and will contribute to policies, programs, and practices that support an inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning and working environment. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, veterans, and those with diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.

Job/Department Summary:

The IST Ill maintains contracts, chain of custody, and curation of human remains that are part of active law enforcement cases, including those from the FBI, police departments, sheriff-coroner's departments, the Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and the National Parks Service. Ensures confidentiality and security for each case. Schedules and coordinates lab teams for search and recovery efforts for law enforcement agencies. Coordination of these efforts occurs during regularly scheduled work week hours but also includes weekends, evenings, and holidays. Enforces security measures for laboratory. Responsible for managing and storing Level 1 data. Provides support for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research projects and activity. Under general direction incumbent performs comprehensive support services and dispenses materials for anthropology courses, the physical anthropology teaching lab, and the Zooarchaeology, Stable Isotope Preparation, and Human Identification scientific laboratories, in the Anthropology Department. Responsibilities include ordering and obtaining supplies and equipment for laboratories and courses in biological anthropology, including anatomical specimens as well as other teaching materials. Responsible for overseeing (24-hour, seven days a week) services for pathological and biohazardous and pathological waste handling, storage, and disposal, and human and animal skeletal and tissue remains. Maintains 24/7 refrigeration units and maintains environmental controls and oversees and coordinates backup power for freezers, heaters, and ovens. Schedules and performs maintenance on equipment for the laboratory. Additionally, this position is responsible for curation of human (-1,100) and animal remains (-2,000) and tissues as well as archaeological, historic and anthropological case specimens, and facilitates arrangements with law enforcement agencies for forensic casework. Supervises upwards of 12 graduate and undergraduate internships yearly. Works with faculty to assist in the development of new instructional offerings dependent on materials, supplies, and equipment support throughout the week. Maintains comprehensive records and prepares reports. Develops, implements, and conducts laboratory safety and operational training.


Preference may be given to applicants with the following as they may be considered specialized skills: 

  • Bilingual.
  • Research grounded in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology.
  • A strong record of professional and scholarly activities and expertise complementing those of current faculty.
  • Involvement in forensic anthropology casework and fieldwork.
  • ABFA board-certified or ability to progress toward board certification.

Required Education and Experience:

Equivalent to four years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to the assigned specialty area which assigned.
Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the assigned area may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies or equipment and in a related discipline may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Time Base: Full-time

Pay Plan: 12/12

Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Summer: Mon-Thurs 7:00am-5:30pm. 

CSU Classification Salary Range:  $54,996 - $95,400x per year. 

Benefits: This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible).

CSU, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance).  For more information please visit

Additional Information:

The person holding this position is considered a “Limited Mandated Reporter” under the California ChildAbuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU ExecutiveOrder 1083 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment.

California State University, Chico, in accordance with CSU policy, requires that the successful candidate complete a background check (including a criminal records check, sexual offender registry check, and/or fingerprinting) prior to assuming this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may impact the job offer or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive. This position is considered a sensitive position based on CSU guidelines. Incumbent is responsible for the safety and security of Level 1 data, sometimes also referred to as Level 1 protected data. This is confidential information that is in most cases protected by statutes, regulations, or other legal mandates.

Throughout employment in this position must maintain a valid California Driver's License, as well as successful completion and continued compliance with CSU Defensive Driving Course.

About Chico State:

Graduate and undergraduate programs boast high-quality research experiences, exceptional faculty mentoring, and civic and global engagement opportunities. The campus motto, “Today Decides Tomorrow,” is brought to life by inclusive pedagogy, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming. The Chico Experience prepares students to be critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and inspired stewards of environmental, social, and economic resources. Together, they will become leaders solving the challenges of the 21st century. 

The campus is located in Northern California, 90 minutes from the state capital, Sacramento, and a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chico offers year-round natural beauty, outdoor leisure activities, and a thriving arts, music, and events scene. We acknowledge and are mindful that Chico State stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land, the flora, the fauna, and the waters that run through campus.  We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that since time immemorial have sustained the Mechoopda people and continue to do so today.

The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.

Chico State is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).

Open Until Filled (Review of Applications will begin 05/25/23. Applications received after that date may be considered.)

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