Lab Manager - Strauss Lab

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Lab Manager - Strauss Lab


Ecology Dean's Office

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Monday-Friday; 8:30am – 5:30pm

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Athens Area

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Laboratory Professional AD





Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Position Summary:

The Strauss lab in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia ( is recruiting a lab manager to begin January 15, 2021. The Strauss lab studies disease and community ecology in the context of global changes including biodiversity loss, climate change, and environmental eutrophication. Study systems of the lab include communities of zooplankton and their parasites (in lakes), and communities of grasses and their pathogens (in grasslands). The successful applicant will be responsible for coordinating team members, conducting experiments, leading field surveys in local ponds and old fields, and analyzing data. They will also manage the day-to-day operations of the lab by maintaining cultures of lab organisms, training and managing undergraduate researchers, ensuring compliance with environmental safety standards, and maintaining protocols, lab supplies, and equipment. Prior experience working with zooplankton or plant pathogens is preferred. The position is initially funded for 12 months but may be extended based on the needs of the lab and available funding.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Successful applicants will have demonstrated interest in community and/or disease ecology, and sufficient scientific background to effectively manage lab experiments and field surveys. Applicants are expected to have excellent time management, organization, communication, and leadership skills. Proficiency with software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and R. Prior experience working with zooplankton or plant pathogens. This position expects a willingness and sufficient physical fitness to conduct field work under adverse conditions.

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Long hours at a computer or workbench. Occasional field work involving hiking, lifting and carrying 30 lbs, wading, paddling a kayak, and working under adverse conditions. Driving.

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the lab. Specific duties include maintaining cultures of lab organisms, training and managing undergraduate researchers, ensuring compliance with environmental safety standards, and purchasing and maintaining protocols, lab supplies, and equipment.

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Conducting experiments under supervision of Dr. Strauss. These experiments will support the research goals of the lab, with a focus on community and disease ecology. Specific types of experiments include infection assays, foraging rate assays, and life tables with zooplankton hosts, mesocosm experiments that manipulate communities of zooplankton, and field experiments in old fields that manipulate community composition of grasses and their microbes.

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Leading field surveys. Specific duties include sampling communities of zooplankton and their parasites along with environmental conditions in local ponds, lakes and reservoirs, and assessing community composition of plant communities and their microbes in local old fields and conservation areas.

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Analyzing data from experiments and field surveys.

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Posted: 10/21/2020
Application Due: 12/20/2020
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