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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
The labs involve approximately 300-400 students in the regular
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
The Laboratory Manager also independently teaches and manages one
lab section of each of the assigned classes.
FOR PLSC 104, 140, 201, and 205
- Designs, updates, and implements changes to laboratory
curricula with input from faculty to achieve pedagogical
- Keeps abreast of and independently researches new and alternate
experimental methods and procedures and incorporates new scientific
instrumentation into student laboratory experimental
- Reviews and verifies procedures for safety and educational
- 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
- Conducts orientation, "Right to Know" and other required
training of new teaching assistants assigned to teaching
- 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
- Maintains safe/clean environment of teaching laboratories.
- Prepares chemicals and solutions according to precise
specifications, constructs and demonstrates use of teaching
- Maintains laboratory equipment, ensures equipment is in working
- Maintains and controls inventories; initiates orders; receives,
checks and stocks all ordered supplies and/or parts and
- 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
- 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
- Performs miscellaneous departmental service duties as
Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative
- 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
- Familiarity with safe use of appropriate chemicals, supplies
- 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.
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