Laboratory Manager - Soil, Plant, and Water Lab

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Laboratory Manager - Soil, Plant, and Water Lab


CAES Ag & Environmental Svcs Lab

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.

About the College/Unit/Department:

UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness, and life skills. County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs, and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians’ quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety, and parenting. UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia’s largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps, and conferences on today’s issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime. UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGA Extension’s publications, educational news articles, and public television programming for advice and information.

University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Research works with instruction and extension to support Georgia’s $75 billion food and fiber industry, the largest sector of the state’s economy. CAES scientists solve agricultural and environmental problems across the state, the nation, and the world.

Our diverse research portfolio is based on a well-integrated blend of fundamental and translational research. We are known nationally and internationally as leaders in poultry science, plant breeding, genetics and genomics, food safety, and entomology. We are home to internationally recognized Centers of Excellence in plant breeding and genomics; food quality, food safety, and product development; and animal genetics, reproductive technology, and nutrition.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday-F 8am-5pm

Advertised Salary:

$35,568-$40,000/yr; based on experience and qualifications

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Open until filled:


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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

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



Job Family:

Research And Lab



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.

Preferred Qualifications:

Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a related field. Prior laboratory and managerial experience.

Position Summary:

This position provides technical and professional oversight of the routine analyses in the UGA Soil, Plant, and Water (SPW) Laboratory which is part of the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL). Responsibilities consist of sample preparation (i.e. soils, plant tissues, biosolids) and analysis using various analytical methods. Use of an Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer (ICP) and other analytical equipment while ensuring all quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) criteria are met. Communicating with clients regarding services offered and the sample submission process. General laboratory management including the inventory of supplies, maintaining laboratory equipment, training employees in laboratory methods, and performing other related tasks.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Detail-oriented, organized, and willing to work as part of a team, as this position will require keeping track of multiple samples, projects, and people.
Analytical chemistry background with experience in operating laboratory instruments and a good understanding of QA/QC practices.
Willingness and ability to maintain analytical equipment and troubleshoot issues as they arise during analysis.
Effective and timely verbal and written communication skills to maintain open communication with colleagues and supervisor.
Basic software knowledge (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) along with a willingness to learn new computer software.
Ability to plan/prioritize tasks and function independently.
Provide friendly customer service and interact routinely with laboratory staff, clients, and administration.

Physical Demands:

Perform repetitive tasks with hands for extended periods of time. Sit and stand for long periods of time. Lift up to 40 pounds.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

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.


Oversee lab operation including personnel and equipment, ensuring analyses are conducted in a accurate and timely manner while adhering to all appropriate test methods.

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Prepare and conduct chemical analysis of assigned environmental samples following established standard operating procedures (SOPs) and QA/QC protocols.

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Assist with the preparation of proposals, research reports, and the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and implementation of a quality assurance program.

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Assist in training and educating students and less experienced employees in proper procedures and making decisions when questions arise. Impart knowledge to new staff/trainees on appropriate analytical procedures, instrument operation, and equipment maintenance.

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Communicate with existing and potential clients about the services offered by the SPW laboratory and how to properly submit samples for analysis.

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Support the daily operation of the laboratory including maintaining supplies, equipment, and chemical inventories.

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Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 5/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time