Laboratory Manager 499894

Aug 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Laboratory Manager 499894

Position Type: Staff

Position Number: 499894

Department: Civil Engineering

Job Summary/Basic Function:
General Description:
Manages operational and instructional activities in the Civil and Environmental Engineering departmental research laboratories and undergraduate teaching laboratories. Ensures that laboratories have an assigned qualified and trained assistant and that the laboratories operate according to departmental and national guidelines with respect to safety and pedagogy. Develops and recommends new experiments and demonstrations, and instructs and supervises Teaching Assistants in procedures, policies and teaching techniques.

Essential Job Functions:
Manages laboratories by maintaining, calibrating and upgrading laboratory equipment, software and computers as needed. Ensures that required equipment and chemical list is available, requesting reagents and materials for teaching lab use; maintaining general laboratory and safety supplies; equipping student lockers with equipment; performing routine maintenance and minor repairs on equipment and computers; and ensuring availability of labeled containers for hazardous waste and broken glass. Suggests new equipment for laboratories as necessary.

Maintains computerized list of all chemicals, including quantity and location; providing annual physical inventory check; maintaining safety data sheet (SDS) files for each chemical with computerized database in compliance with legal requirements.

Interfaces with faculty to understand goals and objectives for laboratory classes and ensures lab assignments further those goals. Identifies improvements and/or new experiments which might better meet course and national professional objectives.

Supervises, reviews, schedules and trains Graduate Teaching Assistants and other university employees in laboratory teaching techniques and safe laboratory practices. Develops policies and procedures so that workloads of Graduate Teaching Assistants are distributed evenly and faculty expectations for the teaching assistants are constant. Provides training on such topics as reading outputs from equipment used in the teaching labs, laboratory and data record procedures;

Supervising storeroom/materials and assistants at critical lab times; ensuring quality of materials and reagents supplied; and troubleshooting and resolving erroneous results when linked to materials, computers or equipment. Oversees equipment and apparati by organizing and supervising check-in and check-out; ordering, installing, updating and maintaining computerized systems for research data collection and storage of data and overseeing student access to laboratories.

Works in conjunction with department staff and faculty to develop standard operating procedures, and safety and security policies. Keeps a daily journal of lab activities and incidents.

Monitors laboratory projects with regard to progress and cost. Compiles statistics such as laboratory utilization figures, projects enrollments and surveys other departments at the national level.

Performs semi-annual physical inventories of and monitoring arrival and placement of capital and electronic equipment; and assisting physical plant with access and logistics.

Minimum Qualifications:
Job Requirements:
Education Required: Bachelors degree or higher in engineering or a related science.

Experience Required: At least two years of experience in research and/or engineering

Preferred Qualifications:
Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Position typically includes work that requires the direction of occasional, non-regular employees, including student assistants, work study students, seasonal employees, interns and part-time hourly employees.

Personal contacts are with employees within the College and/or general public, including students, in a highly structured situation which involves obtaining, clarifying or giving facts or information.

This job title performs under minimal supervision and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing most aspects pertaining to laboratory functions pertaining to data collection, process management, development of standard operating procedures, and outcomes monitoring

This job title requires a comprehensive, practical knowledge of a technical field with use of analytical judgement and decision-making abilities appropriate to the work environment on the College.

This job title does research for documents, compiles data for computer entry, and/or enters or oversees data entry, storage and back-up. Has responsibility for monitoring budget/fiscal expenditures (typically non-discretionary expenditures) for a work unit of less than department size or for capital projects.

This job title must successfully complete a 24 hour Hazardous Waste Course.

Physical Requirements: Medium exerting 20-50 lbs occasionally, 10-25 lbs frequently, or up to 10 lbs constantly. Requires walking or standing to a significant degree.

Essential functions or requirements as listed may not be performed in every position with this title, and these essential functions may not include all related duties that might be requested and/or performed.

Security Sensitive Statement:
This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Salary: $36,000

Work Hours:

Posting Date: 08/10/2017

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:

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Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.