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The Undergraduate Program in Biology is searching for a seasoned individual to supervise the Biology laboratory classes in the Undergraduate Sciences Building (USB) and the Biological Sciences Building (BSB). The Undergraduate Program in Biology is a shared undergraduate program reporting to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. This program supports approximately 1,200 Biology majors along with numerous undergraduate students taking Biology laboratory classes as part of their curriculum.
Responsibilities for the supervisor position include:
Supervise and train five regular staff and numerous student assistants to support lab courses. Coordinate day to day operational activities for all Biology lab courses. Oversee ordering of supplies, preparation and set up of instructional lab experiments, scheduling shared equipment, and maintenance of various lab apparatus with the ultimate goal of providing a high quality learning experience for students.
Provide technical support for laboratory courses as a member of the staff support team. Set up and clean up experiments, prepare media, chemical solutions, reagents, materials, and bacterial, algal, and fungal cultures. Ensure the experiments are technically sound so that the students’ learning experience is positive.
Work in close collaboration with course instructors and GSIs to familiarize them with the lab facilities and plan, test, and ensure proper set up for lab courses. Make recommendations to instructors for modifications and improvements to experimental protocols. Troubleshoot / investigate protocol failures and work to resolve and prevent future problems.
Monitor compliance with federal, state and university regulations and coordinate implementation of safety standards in the instructional labs and prep rooms. Coordinate training for faculty, GSIs and staff regarding safety issues, EHS regulations, and proper hazardous waste disposal. Update and maintain Chemical Hygiene Plan and chemical inventory for Biology lab courses. Act as liaison between EHS, UCUCA and course instructors and lab staff in preparation for inspections.
Oversee the repair and maintenance of laboratory equipment. Assess damage, obtain quotes, and schedule repair / replacement of equipment. Recommend new or replacement equipment purchases for laboratory courses via the annual budget process.
Act as liaison with facility staff to maintain and repair building-related issues for the Biology classroom laboratory spaces in USB and BSB. Oversee and train staff on the Locknetics security system; program door locks and provide necessary access each term. Work with ISS to repair, maintain, and replace audio visual equipment in classroom spaces in USB and BSB.
Manage room rentals for Biology laboratory classrooms in USB and BSB. Work with groups in advance to determine their space, equipment, and supply needs for programs utilizing Biology laboratory spaces. Ensure renters are familiar with EHS regulations and that they have received proper training prior to utilizing the space. Review planned protocols with EHS to determine that they comply with EHS regulations.
Bachelor’s degree in biology or other related field with 3-5 years technical / supervisory experience in laboratory classroom operations is required. Familiarity with lab methods in microbiology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology is also required. Demonstrated knowledge of use and maintenance of scientific laboratory equipment with ability to troubleshoot and perform minor repairs. Strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization. Excellent team-building skills and organizational skills are required, along with the ability to consistently meet deadlines. Prior experience with fiscal management and inventory.
Master's degree in biology or other related field plus 5-7 years technical / supervisory experience in laboratory classroom operations is desired.
Salary range - $68,000 - $70,225, with higher salary possible for exceptionally qualified candidates.
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