This job has expired

Lab Manager, Plant and Soil Sciences

University of Delaware
Delaware, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 4, 2022

View more

Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.
University of Delaware

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Job No: 498861
Work Type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Academic Administration, Research & Laboratory, Full Time, Trainers & Educators

Pay Grade: 31E

Context of the Job:

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences provides instruction to undergraduate students at various levels. Several of the courses include laboratories as an integral part of the course. These courses and their associated labs are held during both Fall and Spring.

The labs involve approximately 300-400 students in the regular semesters.

The Laboratory Manager coordinates the operation of the PLSC 104, 140, 201, and 205 teaching laboratories and is involved in the scheduling, revision, and implementation of laboratory curricula to achieve teaching objectives. The Laboratory Manager also performs a variety of tasks related to the introductory level PLSC 104 (fall), 201 (spring), and 205 (fall) laboratories, including: procurement, maintenance and setup of scientific equipment, management of the LMS (Canvas) pages, inventory, purchasing equipment and supplies, and coordination with personnel: greenhouse staff, farm staff, and faculty. Supervision of 4-6 graduate student teaching assistants each year is a major responsibility. The Laboratory Manager must be able to work independently and integrate knowledge of botany, soil science, and plant pathology with hands-0n use and management of plants, soils, pathogens and instrumentation in an educational laboratory setting.

The Laboratory Manager also independently teaches and manages one lab section of each of the assigned classes.

Major Responsibilities:

FOR PLSC 104, 140, 201, and 205
  • Designs, updates, and implements changes to laboratory curricula with input from faculty to achieve pedagogical goals.
  • Keeps abreast of and independently researches new and alternate experimental methods and procedures and incorporates new scientific instrumentation into student laboratory experimental procedures.
  • Reviews and verifies procedures for safety and educational value.
  • Trains and supervises teaching assistants (TAs) in teaching laboratories, including safety matters, teaching techniques, proper use of instruments and glassware, appropriate handling and disposal of chemicals and biological materials.
  • Monitors and evaluates TA performance for teaching effectiveness and adherence to lab procedures and university policies.
  • Conducts orientation, "Right to Know" and other required training of new teaching assistants assigned to teaching laboratories.
  • Coordinates work assignments for student assistants.
  • Conducts weekly TA meetings to discuss details of experiments and their hazards.
  • Oversees use and proper disposal for all solutions, chemicals, and materials used in laboratory exercises and on-farm laboratories.
  • Maintains safe/clean environment of teaching laboratories.
  • Prepares chemicals and solutions according to precise specifications, constructs and demonstrates use of teaching apparatus.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment, ensures equipment is in working order.
  • Maintains and controls inventories; initiates orders; receives, checks and stocks all ordered supplies and/or parts and equipment.
  • Coordinates with faculty and departmental and farm / greenhouse staff to acquire needed equipment and supplies.
  • Keeps records and writes reports as required.
  • Responds to student inquiries when appropriate. Develops and manages a budget with input from faculty and approval from the Chair.
  • Organizes the storage and oversees the security of all laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Designs student assessments with input from faculty. Designs and maintain course LMS system (CANVAS) for appropriate laboratory sections. Monitors enrollment predictions and suggests adjustments for laboratory sections with input from faculty and the PLSC Undergraduate Programs Coordinator.
  • Time permitting, assists with occasional labs in other PLSC courses that have a lab component.
  • As requested, assists with other PLSC educational projects and educational sponsored programs.
  • Responsible for complying with university policies, procedures, and best practices regarding protecting data and following UD data governance rules
  • Performs miscellaneous departmental service duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in a plant or soil science related field with five years of job-related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficient with chemical procedures and materials used in PLSC laboratory courses.
  • Familiarity with safe use of appropriate chemicals, supplies and equipment.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with faculty members and students.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and judgments.
  • Knowledge of instructional methods.
  • Laboratory teaching experience is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to write, read and interpret documents such as general science journals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures specified by equipment/supply manufacturers.
  • Ability to write professional reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Applications close:


You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert