Laboratory Professional

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Laboratory Professional


Franklin College Geology Department

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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 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 Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Normally 8-5 M-F

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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





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:

Master’s Degree in Science or related field.

Position Summary:

Lab safety compliance, chemix system, training of faculty staff and students, radiation safety compliance, badge distribution, maintain safety logs, safety checks, support for lab instruments, assist with field activities, collection curation, IBA competition support, recruiting logistics, sample processing and vehicle support.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Extensive knowledge of procedures and techniques used in the geosciences. This includes use of laboratory equipment such as the X-ray diffraction system, hydrological testing equipment, optical microscopes, and related geological experimental instruments This includes coordinating, supervising, and managing activities in various laboratories. Also this position will aid in the budgeting and procurement of materials used in the various laboratories. This position is expected to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, investigators, subordinates, and others who use the laboratories. Managing oversight of all chemical and lab safety and hazardous materials handling protocol. Interacting with the public and answer questions from outside of the University.

Physical Demands:

Moderate lifting of items (up to 50 lbs); drive university vehicles.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


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.


Horseshoe Bend sample processing facility.

A new MOU with Ecology, CAIS and Geology is being established for a multi-user sample processing facility. Included will be saws, grinding equipment, sieving, drying, data logging, and storage facilities. Oversight will be jointly shared by units, where key personnel will help to maintain equipment and train users, many of which will be students.

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Radiation safety compliance
Badge distribution and collection
Maintaining safety logs
Safety checks with meters
Field trip safety compliance

Imperial Barrel Award competition support
Onsite industry recruiting logistic (for example, UGA Geology is a regional hub for Exxon-Mobil and Chevron).

Vehicle Support (2 -vans)
a. Safety maintenance (fluids, tires, etc.)

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Support for laboratory instrumentation (both teaching and research).

Maintain advanced equipment in the department (e.g., XRD, spectrometers, data loggers).

Support for field instrumentation (both teaching and research).

Assist with field activities, programs (e.g., IFP, Field School), and equipment (e.g., EC probes, pH meter, spectrophotometers, UAVs, etc.)

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Lab safety compliance

a. CHEMIX system
b. Training of faculty, students and staff (right to know training) Manage and maintain chemical inventory

Design, implement, and manage lab safety protocolsMaintain training records for lab users

Manage and maintain chemical inventory

Act as the Department Right to Know Coordinator.Responsible for compliance with Hazardous Materials Safety Protocols

Ensure labeling and disposal protocols are followed for hazardous materials in conjunction with the University’s hazardous materials program

Maintain hazardous safety inspection logsAct as departmental liaison for UGA’s Hazardous Materials program, directing faculty regarding their hazardous chemical materials issues and disposal, recommending chemical-specific hazardous materials handling training, and advising on laboratory safety issues.

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Georgia Museum of Natural History Geology Collection curation

a. Curation compliance
b. Intern safety training
c. Collection room logistics (cabinets, cameras, storage containers)

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Posted: 4/30/2021
Application Due: 6/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time