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Instructional Support Tech II - Food Science and Nutrition

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time
Position Description

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the FSN Department Head, the primary purpose of the Instructional Support Technician II (IST) position is to provide technical support for faculty and students in the Culinary and Sensory laboratories located in the Boswell Ag Tech Center (Building 124). The IST implements, monitors and assists faculty in enforcing departmental safety and hygiene policies, and contributes to their further development and improvement. The IST schedules and plans technical and scientific equipment and instrument utilization and acts as a liaison with equipment technicians and vendors. This position provides training in the use of culinary equipment and instruments and partners with faculty to develop, refine, and implement activities that incorporate the latest scientific knowledge into the teaching and programs. The IST assists faculty in conducting laboratory classes in the Culinary and Sensory laboratories.

Department Summary

The Food Science and Nutrition (FSN) Department is comprised of 14 tenured/ tenure track faculty, two full-time and five to six part-time lecturers, and four support staff. Within the Department, there are two Bachelor of Science degree majors (Food Science and Nutrition), two minors (Food Science and Nutrition), a Master of Science in Food Science, and a Master of Science in Nutrition. 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 Orfalea College of Business Packaging minor.

Key Qualifications

1. Knowledge of the common principles, methods and techniques related to the Food Science and Nutrition program areas.
2. Knowledge of the materials, supplies, and equipment, and the ability to evaluate the materials and supplies commonly used in labs for Food Science and Nutrition. Ability to prepare specialized materials and samples for use in food science and nutrition teaching and research.
3. Ability to operate scientific, culinary lab, and technical equipment and instruments and to interpret results.
4. Ability to adjust and make minor repairs on scientific and technical culinary lab equipment.
5. 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 Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and other hazardous property reference materials.
6. Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.

Education and Experience

Three years of experience providing instructional support services in a discipline related to the plant sciences or in producing materials or supplies related to the 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.

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