Manager of Science Lab Operations

Miami University
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Mathematical & Physical Science – Middletown Regional Campus: Manager of Lab Operations provides necessary chemistry/geology/physics lab & administrative expertise to execute instructional labs for chemistry, geology, science education and oversees the execution of all science labs offered by the Department of Biological Sciences at the Middletown Campus. Consults with the department chairs on expenditures; responsible for purchasing for above disciplines and approving purchases made by the Biological Sciences Lab Coordinator.  Supervises the Biological Sciences Lab Coordinator and student employees for the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the Department of Biological Sciences and coordinates the use of all lab classrooms in Levey hall.

Duties include and are not limited to:

  • Oversees day-to-day operations of science labs: maintains up-to-date information in lab preparation binders for each chemistry course taught, delegates & coordinates daily activities in the lab for Biological Sciences Lab Coordinator and student workers, manages lab set-ups and clean-up, and maintains and repairs equipment and instrumentation (worth >$250,000) in a timely manner.
  • Purchases supplies, equipment, and services for multiple accounts and maintains up-to-date documentation of these activities. Communicates with faculty and staff at Miami University (all campuses) and outside vendors to successfully complete such tasks.
  • Responsible for reconciling credit card statement/receipts and creating monthly expense reports for Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Performs complex chemical techniques requiring extensive knowledge of chemical properties, chemical safety (including selecting proper engineering controls and personal protective equipment [PPE]), and proper disposal of hazardous materials, and works with faculty and instructors to update, improve, and troubleshoot lab procedures and exercises.
  • Prepares, coordinates, and supports STEM outreach activities and various workshops occurring in the science laboratories throughout the calendar year, including purchasing supplies and arranging catering for participants utilizing multiple accounts.
  • Supervises Biological Sciences Lab Coordinator and student workers in the chem prep lab in Middletown, including the development and implementation of a training program addressing safe handling of hazardous materials, the importance of PPE, and other lab techniques to ensure safe lab practices within the prep lab.
  • Plans/implements a professional development plan for the Biological Sciences Lab Coordinator; Manages the completion of departmental, campus, and university forms for General Accounting, including credit card statements, reimbursements, and expense transfer requests, with independent decision-making in most areas.
  • Coordinates with Director of Physical Facilities and contractors on projects or maintenance in the chem labs and provides necessary technical expertise when needed.

Required: Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or other closely related field; 3-5 years of experience doing a wide variety of analyses in a wet chemistry lab. Know wet chemistry techniques and demonstrate accuracy; know hazards of chemicals used and how to prevent hazardous conditions/chemical exposure; complete 1 year of GenChem, 1 year of Organic Chem and 1 Analytical course.  Experience may be gained during an educational program. Position not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Consideration may be given to candidates with a Master's degree in Chemistry or other closely related field.

Submit cover letter and resume to Inquiries may be directed to Kelli Bray at  Screening of applications begins on June 14, 2021 and continues until position is filled.

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