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Job Standard for Laboratory Materials Supervisor

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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.

Laboratory Materials Supervisor Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 07422
  • Pay Grade: I
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 3
  • Family: Research
  • Function: Research/Lab Support


To prepare solutions, chemicals, media, and equipment; procure, store, and dispense laboratory or stockroom materials and equipment for use in laboratory classes and research projects; perform related work.

Level Scope

Regularly works on tasks that are varied and complex. Applies full range and job knowledge; frequently adapts procedures, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet specialized needs; may serve as lead; performs broad and/or focused assignments under general supervision; originality and ingenuity are often required to help establish procedures in functional area; relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish assigned tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

Some knowledge of: supervisory practices.


Good knowledge of: scientific principles and laboratory practices; first aid procedures for laboratory-related accidents.


Experience: applying purchasing and inventory control procedures and maintaining laboratory inventory including the preparation of related reports and records; operating, maintaining, and repairing biology laboratory equipment; preparing chemical reagents and media; safely handling and storing flammable, toxic, radioactive, and explosive chemicals; using word-processing and spreadsheet software.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of:  the principles of Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Geosciences; equipment and supplies used in a dental laboratory.
  • Experience that provided considerable knowledge of: methods used for safe handling and storage of biohazards; symbols and formulas used in organic and qualitative analysis and biochemistry.
  • Specialties within this classification provide laboratory materials supervision of university laboratory course work in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Dental Hygiene.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Laboratory Materials Supervisor must:

  • Prepares or insures solutions, materials, and equipment are prepared for laboratory classes using a list of experiments or directions from faculty; sets-up/prepares laboratories; insures laboratory related areas are clean, organized, and safe; performs routine maintenance and repair on scientific instrumentation; advises on laboratory procedures and equipment operation.
  • Oversees laboratory operation and/or stockroom/clinical dispensary; dispenses solutions and chemicals; issues and checks-in equipment; coordinates use of supplies between classes and researches and insures availability of equipment and supplies; prepares specifications, requisitions, and purchase orders; maintains computerized inventory and operational records to comply with state and federal regulations; locates special sources for laboratory materials; consults with faculty on material and equipment needs and ensures safe and orderly storage of hazardous chemicals and solutions; may insure care of animal colonies, refrigerated items, and similar specialized lab items.
  • Plans and schedules use of laboratory facilities, supplies, and equipment; selects and trains assistants; monitors time cards; teaches proper use and maintenance of equipment; advises supervisor on budget related matters; serves as liaison between faculty members and business office; develops reports following federal and state guidelines; develops and implements a program for safe and legal disposal of toxic and hazardous laboratory waste.

35% of Time the Laboratory Materials Supervisor

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Laboratory Materials Supervisor

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 Laboratory Materials Supervisor

Career Path

Professional positions

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.