Instructional Laboratory Manager

University of Idaho

United States

June 24, 2021


Position Details Posting Number SP002852P

Position Title Instructional Laboratory Manager Location Moscow Division/College College of Science Department Biological Sciences FLSA Status Overtime Eligible Employee Category Classified Pay Range $21.11 per hour or higher depending on education and experience Type of Appointment Fiscal Year FTE


Full Time/Part Time Full Time Position Overview

Coordinate the preparation of undergraduate teaching laboratories in the Department of Biological Sciences. Provide instruction in first-year undergraduate laboratory courses. Supervise undergraduate/graduate student teaching assistants to ensure compliance with university/department laboratory safety standards. Order supplies and maintain equipment necessary for teaching laboratories. Ensure and monitor safety practices in the teaching laboratories.

Unit Overview

The Department of Biological Sciences offers undergraduate (Biochemistry, Biology, Medical Sciences, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology) and graduate (Biology; Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MMBB); Neuroscience) degrees. We also participate in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology interdisciplinary graduate program. The department has faculty with research programs that have particular strengths in evolutionary biology, cellular and molecular biology, and biochemistry.

Funding A visa sponsorship is available for the position listed in this vacancy. No Internal Posting?

Position Responsibilities

Key Accountability Provide teaching laboratory support and safety by:

Job Duties

• Organizing, processing, and receiving lab material orders; maintaining inventories of basic laboratory supplies; preparing laboratory chemical solutions, materials, and ensuring equipment and information technology needs are met. • Overseeing teaching laboratory indices to monitor spending and surplus; providing analysis on index spending • Maintaining lab animals for observation or experimental purposes; overseeing the teaching plant collection greenhouse operation. • Ensuring laboratory areas are clean, organized, and safe; disposing of hazardous waste materials according to federal regulations and in cooperation with the university Environmental Health and Safety Office; providing laboratory safety instruction and appropriate literature to graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants. • Performing routine maintenance and repair on scientific instruments. • Advising faculty and teaching assistants on laboratory procedures and equipment operation; participating in weekly lab meetings with teaching assistants and faculty; coordinating laboratory space usage.

Key Accountability Provide undergraduate laboratory teaching assistance by:

Job Duties

• Maintaining knowledge of current departmental laboratory instruction for consistency of instruction and coordination of laboratory materials. • Serving as a laboratory teaching assistant in BIOL 114 or BIOL 115L (total = 1-2 sections annually).

Key Accountability Provide teaching laboratory preparation support by:

Job Duties

• Working with faculty and teaching assistants to select, stage, and test laboratory exercises and demonstrations. • Developing and testing new or alternative laboratory exercises and supplements to existing exercises.

Key Accountability Support departmental goals and objectives by:

Job Duties

• Performing other duties as required for operation of teaching labs or support of instructional staff. • Conducting annual instructional laboratory equipment inventory.

Required Experience

• Undergraduate laboratory teaching experience; experience with standard testing, quality control, safety practices, and applicable laws.

Required Education

• Master's Degree or Bachelor's degree in biological sciences with four years of related supervised laboratory experience.

Required Licensures, Certifications or other Additional Preferred

• Experience teaching undergraduate biological sciences laboratories. • Ability to perform advanced microbiological and/or environmental chemistry testing; training staff in laboratory analysis and testing; evaluating laboratory procedures. • Good interpersonal skills, demonstrated lab technical skills, demonstrated skills with computers and/or other instrumentation; and effective communication skills including writing and presenting of material. • Knowledge of training methods; experience training staff in laboratory analysis and evaluating laboratory procedures. • Experience performing needs assessments, developing training objectives, designing and developing coursework.

Physical Requirements

• Some situations may require work with toxic, volatile, and corrosive chemicals or carcinogenic substances; ability to lift, carry and/or otherwise move 50 lbs.

Working Conditions Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of hire.

Posting Date 06/10/2021

Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is open until filled. First review date is June 24, 2021.

Please include in letter of qualification how you meet each of the required qualifications requirements and how you meet any of the preferred qualifications.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement

The University of Idaho (U of I) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, U of I does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, genetic information or status as any protected veteran or military status in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions and educational programs.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of Qualification
  • Optional Documents

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