Laboratory Section Chief - Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences

Knoxville, TN
Feb 18, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Laboratory Section Chief - Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences

Regular Full-time, Pay Range MR10

The Laboratory Section Chief III directs and supervises diagnostic investigations and personnel in the parasitology section and provides high quality client service to the college community and external customers. Position promotes the advancement of the teaching, diagnostic and research missions of the laboratory by assuring appropriate staff training, resource management, equipment maintenance, financial oversight, scheduling and direct participation and promotion of said activities. Position collaborates with the section director on strategic planning, laboratory mission modification, staffing levels, test development, validation and introduction and troubleshooting as needed. Incumbent must stay informed of new information in veterinary parasitology by reading technical journals, attending scientific seminars and meetings, participating in professional organizations and making novel contributions to the field.


Oversees works in progress to ensure safety and quality control proficiencies for diagnostic and research projects. Traces and corrects faults in equipment and procedures through consultation with lab director, maintenance and manufacturers. Manages laboratory equipment calibration, repair, and maintenance. Hires, supervises and terminates as needed student and temporary employees. Schedules and verifies work hours and signs time sheets for employees and lab assistants. Coordinates personnel training for: Regulatory and institutional Biosafety Level-2 practice compliance, Occupational Safety Program, Chemical Hygiene Program and Shipping Requirements for hazardous materials. Reports workplace incidents, injuries and exposures, following institutional and state compliance measures for supervisors. Collaborates with lab director for hiring and providing work direction for permanent positions.

Diagnostic Testing and Research

Coordinates, collaborates and performs routine and specialized diagnostic tests. Advises internal and external submitters on sample collection, test selection, and results interpretation. Assures the accuracy and precision of diagnostic investigations performed by employees. Validates and implements new procedures after detailed analysis of functionality, quality, feasibility, efficiency, and cost effectiveness. Documents errors and corrections in testing and electronic medical records. Collaborates on research and development with other departments, universities, state and federal administrations, and private corporations. Manages project planning, design, staffing, delegation, and monitors quality, timelines, and reporting. Manages print and digital records and presents data generated by research projects. Authors and coauthors publications in referenced scientific journals.


Analyzes revenue and cost of labor, procedures, supplies, and equipment by evaluating and establishing fees for diagnostic services and research projects and by reviewing quarterly ledger. Verifies revenue accuracy by performing edits, corrections, adjustments, and approvals of diagnostic and research invoices. Verifies purchasing accuracy of procurement reconciliations and invoices for services and utilities, makes corrections and responds to treasury audits. Evaluates and justifies purchases of new equipment. Prepares monthly bills for laboratory services used by each department and referral clients. Writes, reviews, and updates Standard Operating Procedures for the Biosafety Manual, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Regulatory Compliance and quality assurance. Reports annual hazardous chemicals inventory and maintains current Material Safety Data Sheets for regulatory and institutional policies.

Training, Teaching and Consulting

Coauthors, edits, and approves an annual revised copy of the Diagnostic Procedures in Veterinary Parasitology Handbook used in 4th year clinical rotations, parasitology laboratories, and research projects. Teaches and trains new employees and researchers in procedures and techniques. Teaches and trains sections of fourth year clinical rotations. Provides content expertise through instruction and materials in associated veterinary parasitology education by advising Open House student committee on design and presentation, elective education for large animal producers and owners, and veterinary student symposia. Develops materials, writes and provides content expertise and archived photo microscopy for use in teaching, research publications, books, diagnostics, and web and print advertisements. Supervises the preparation of parasitology teaching laboratories for veterinary student instruction.



Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field required.

Master's degree in Biology or related field preferred.

Required level/type of experience:

Five-six years of experience in a general diagnostic laboratory or related allied medical/veterinary laboratory.

Preferred level/type of experience:

5 or more years in a veterinary or human diagnostic parasitology laboratory, performing diagnostic tests on various tissues, and supervisory experience in a parasitology diagnostic or research laboratory. Supervisory or laboratory management training or experience preferred. Relevant post-graduate degrees or coursework is preferred.

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of advanced statistical programs, Microsoft Access, electronic medical records systems, and legal and regulatory aspects of diagnostics and research. Skills in administering First Aid, CPR/AED, working with animals in a veterinary technical capacity, presenting research to peer scientists. Ability to give presentations to large audiences and lead major projects and initiatives.


Knowledge of Veterinary parasitology theories and applications, advanced scientific techniques, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, and Entomology, Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel, Life science and associated theories and applications, basic mathematics, general safe laboratory practices, and accounting methods. Skills in the following: centrifuges, pipettes and other lab equipment, taxonomic keys for organismal identification, animal handling techniques, applying Statistical methods, supervisory techniques and policies, safe practices working with hazardous materials. Ability to provide effective oral and written communication in the English language, provide excellent customer service, use visual acuity for microscopy, work with children under 18, deliver quality independent and collaborative work, make difficult decisions, provide formal and informal instruction.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Feb 17, 2021, 6:25:36 AM

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