Laboratory Director & Instrumentation Manager
The Lab Director and Instrumentation Manager will, under the general authority of the department chairperson, perform skilled and specialized technical work for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; prepare equipment and reagents that are needed for teaching and research labs, collaborate with departmental faculty in the development of methods of laboratory experimentation and instruction; confer with faculty periodically to evaluate new equipment and methods; teach laboratory sessions when short-term teaching staff shortages arise; act as the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the College of Arts and Sciences. Other work duties include but are not limited to: ordering, maintaining and distributing supplies (chemicals and materials), training and directing student assistants, and servicing and maintaining departmental instrumentation and equipment. Work involves the exercise of initiative, autonomy, and independence in various duties and extensive interface with multiple constituent groups.
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS:
A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a closely related field is required, with a Master’s degree in chemistry or a closely related field strongly preferred, from an accredited college or university. Knowledge of the basic operations of a modern scientific chemistry laboratory, the principles of instruction in laboratory procedures, care, use, and repair of laboratory equipment and instrumentation, modern chemistry stockroom inventory control systems, knowledge of common chemical safety and hygiene procedures, including safety precautions in handling and dispensing chemicals, principles of sanitation, health hazards, and laboratory precautionary measures.
The position requires the ability to do the following:
- Operate and assist others in the operation of lab equipment.
- Instruct faculty, staff, and students about proper lab protocol, safe practices, potential hazards, precautionary measures for handling and dispensing hazardous substances, the use of departmental equipment and instrumentation, and other important job/lab related matters.
- Direct student employees.
- Research common laboratory procedures.
- Follow verbal and written instructions from faculty and direct students accordingly.
- Read and understand Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) regulatory guidelines, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDA), Chemical Hygiene Plans, Job Hazard Analyses, and Standard Operating Procedures.
- Make necessary mathematical computations accurately.
- Communicate clearly in English both orally and in writing.
- Maintain appropriate positive interpersonal relationships with the public, faculty, staff, and students.
- Organize and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Use and care for tools for the purposes of maintenance and repair work.
- May occasionally include working hours outside the normally assigned schedule.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Collaborates with departmental faculty in order to determine what chemicals and other supplies are needed, and subsequently orders and maintains an accurate, digital database inventory of chemicals, materials and equipment as they are purchased, stored, discarded, or relocated within the department.
- Solicits bids from more than one vendor, when appropriate, in an effort to discover the best price available for supplies and equipment.
- Makes calculations and prepares solutions at appropriate concentrations as required for departmental teaching and research purposes.
- Assembles equipment. Performs necessary diagnostic and performance trials during maintenance and repair of equipment within the department. When necessary, consults with outside vendors and technicians regarding diagnostic tests and more comprehensive repair on sensitive equipment.
- Stays abreast of lab experiments taught in the chemistry program and, in consultation with the appropriate faculty member, is able to troubleshoot procedures for lab experiments.
- Works with departmental faculty in testing out new lab experiments and adjusts procedures as needed to achieve the best performance.
- Acts as a liaison between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and other campus units, such as Facilities Management, Public Safety, Warehouse, Information Technology, Housekeeping, as well as outside service vendors, in an effort to promote the smooth operation of our facilities.
- Works with and advise members of other departments (such as Creative Arts, Health Science, and Biology) that handle and store hazardous chemicals.
- Maintains strict oversight of the storage and dispensing of Stetson’s ethanol stock, and maintains an inventory of other chemicals that are stored away from Sage Hall.
- Inspects to see that all chemicals and hazardous materials are properly labeled, handled, and stored.
- Is the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the College of Arts and Sciences; has responsibilities as defined in the OSHA Laboratory Standard and the University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan to implement the Chemical Hygiene Plan thus ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and maintaining a safe work environment. The Chemical Hygiene Officer for the College of Arts and Sciences is expected to perform the following duties:
- Ensures all activities related to the use of hazardous chemicals in laboratories, teaching, and research spaces are conducted in a safe manner as well as in compliance with OSHA regulations as specified in 29 CFR Part 1910.1450.
- Is an ex officio member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemical Safety Committee and reports to members of this committee on chemical hygiene activities performed.
- Works with faculty to develop, review and approve Job Hazard Analysis and Standard Operating Procedures detailing all aspects of proposed teaching and research activities that involve hazardous materials.
- Works with faculty on the approval process for the purchase of highly toxic, reactive, carcinogenic or other inherently hazardous materials.
- Provides recommendations to the department chair regarding the acquisition of equipment needed for handling, storing and disposing of chemicals.
- Investigates and completes reports for chemical related incidents and exposures in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
- Provides guidance with personal protective equipment selection based on the findings in the Job Hazard Analysis.
- Disseminates chemical safety information to relevant entities throughout the College of Arts and Science via emails, posting, and other forms of communications.
- Provide general chemical safety guidance to University staff, students and faculty.
- Makes copies of the approved Chemical Hygiene Plan available to program and support staff.
- Facilitates Chemical Hygiene Plan training for all laboratory workers in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
- Seeks continuing education with respect to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and OSHA regulations, as well as chemical hygiene and hazardous waste management.
ROUTINE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Is responsible for regular weekly/biannual nitrogen/helium cryogen maintenance of the departmental nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer.
- Manages college work-study and other student assistants: designates assignments, trains, evaluates performance, and approves student employment hours.
- Prepares chemicals and assembles/disassembles equipment associated with weekly general chemistry and organic chemistry teaching labs. Consults with departmental faculty regarding the preparation of chemicals and assembly/disassembly of equipment for weekly advanced teaching labs and student/faculty research.