Physical Sciences Lab Manager

Maryland, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 07, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Howard Community College (HCC) is an exciting place to work, learn, and grow! HCC has been awarded the distinction as a "Great College to Work for" since 2009 from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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The Division of Science, Engineering & Technology at Howard Community College (HCC) is seeking applicants for a full-time Physical Sciences Laboratory Manager at our main campus in Columbia, Maryland. The Physical Sciences Laboratory Manager is responsible for the successful and safe implementation of instructional laboratories in physics, astronomy, geology, earth and space science, oceanography and physical science (including some chemical preparations), of approximately 30 labs per week. Managerial duties include planning and coordinating the preparation of materials for day and evening laboratories, ordering and maintaining an inventory of equipment and supplies, performing minor repairs and maintenance, arranging for major repairs and equipment maintenance, creating digital media for remote instructions, assembling lab kits, and providing learning support for online instruction.

The lab manager should be familiar with undergraduate lab equipment and possess basic skills in electronics repair. Lab equipment includes telescopes, electronics, vacuums, digital sensors, balances, microscopes, models, minerals, rocks, fossils, stream tables, wave tanks, etc.

Managerial duties include hiring, training, monitoring and supervising student lab aides, while working within a budget. The lab manager will provide leadership with respect to safety procedures and OSHA standards in all labs, prep rooms, and on the astronomy observation deck. Continuing education in lab safety and lab techniques is an important part of this job. This job requires computer proficiency, high organization and excellent interpersonal skills. The lab manager will assist faculty with the design of lab set ups and protocols.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in physics, astronomy, geology or a related physical science field with hazardous waste management training.
  • Prior teaching experience preferred.
  • At least two years of managerial experience and two years working in a research or science laboratory (may be concurrent)
  • Thorough knowledge of inorganic and physical techniques; chemical, electric and OSHA standards and lab safety procedures; computers: software and hardware applications, physics theory.
  • Essential skills include familiarity with undergraduate lab equipment, basic electronics skills, self-teaching, high organization, computer proficiency, and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Be able to maintain and troubleshoot computers; specialized physics, physical science, astronomy and geology equipment.
  • Supervisory and management experience with knowledge of procedures and problem solving relevant to chemistry and physics areas to maintain highly effective lab settings for 850 or more students per week.


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Regular attendance is a requirement of this job.
  • Performs all duties while considering the impact of any actions on the college's sustainability initiatives in the areas of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic prosperity.


  • Direct Supervision
  • Laboratory Aides 5-10 per semester (10-20 hours per week per student)

Hours Per Week: 37.5
Work Schedule:Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Compensation: $57,394 plus excellent medical, dental, tuition reimbursement and paid leave
Grade: 14
Open Until Filled
Best Consideration: January 29, 2021

*Pre-employment criminal background investigation is a condition of employment.

As a participating member of the Maryland Retirement and Pension System, HCC offers two retirement options: The Pension, which requires a 7% employee contribution and The ORP, a 403(b) with a 7.25% employer contribution only. Employees in positions that do not require a bachelor's degree must participate in The Pension. Employees that possess a bachelor's degree and hold professional positions that require a bachelor's degree may choose to participate in either The Pension or The ORP.

Howard Community College (HCC) is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer & values diversity within its faculty, staff & student population. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

HCC understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance with the job application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 443-518-1100.

Please submit the following:

  1. Completed Application (Candidates will be evaluated on completing the college's application in full)
  2. Resume
  3. Cover Letter