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Lab Manager Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75814
  • Pay Grade: P5
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Manager
  • Family: Research & Laboratory
  • Function: Lab Instruction


Ensures operation of all academic laboratories in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This laboratory manager is in charge of department laboratory safety, all the academic laboratory logistics, oversight of the laboratory fee account, and management and maintenance of all chemistry department scientific instrumentation.

Level Scope

Provides direct supervision typically to professionals or skilled technical employees at the entry or intermediate level. Functions as advisor to unit and administration and sets goals and objectives for team members for achievement of operational results. Analyzes and resolves problems through drawing from prior experiences. Interprets policies (e.g., fiscal management, HR, contracts and grants, resource management in defined areas) and demonstrates solid subject matter knowledge. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and policies to determine appropriate action. Supervises staff to assure accountability and stewardship of campus resources (operational, financial, and human) in compliance with departmental goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years of relevant experience or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • In depth understanding of laboratory practices, safety, and logistics.
  • Possess strong written and verbal effective communication skills.
  • Effective personnel management skills and ability to value each team member’s contributions.
  • Able to efficiently problem solve while under pressure.
  • Demonstrates a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ensure the ethical use and management of the assigned budget.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Chemistry Instructional Laboratory Manager must:

  • Assist in scheduling educational laboratory times and locations, and additionally assist in assigning employee work schedules.
  • Maintain the department’s chemical inventory management system and coordinates with campus departments and agencies as well as state agencies to ensure compliance to federal, state and local regulations
  • Manage local spending account budget and records for laboratory fees.
  • Support Laboratory Services Coordinators and day-to-day educational laboratory functions as needed.
  • Coordinate communication between stockroom staff and the department.
  • Act as the department point-of-contact for chemistry research laboratories.
  • Maintain a variety of complex scientific instruments used in academic laboratories and take proper corrective action to resolve issues.
  • Manage training, access, maintenance and acquisition of department instrumentation.
  • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures for instrument use.
  • Supervise laboratory employees. Making hiring recommendations, assigning and checking work and handling performance issues.

35% of Time the Chemistry Instructional Laboratory Manager

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Chemistry Instructional Laboratory Manager

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Chemistry Instructional Laboratory Manager

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.