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Laboratory Coordinator (AA23103)

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota, United States
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Nov 14, 2022

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Laboratory Coordinator (AA23103)

Division: Academic Affairs
Department: Science, Engineering & Tech., College of
Unit: Biological Sciences211, MSUAASF
Location: Mankato
FLSA: Exempt
Employment Condition: Probationary
Work Shift:
Work Schedule/Hours/Days:

Posting Details:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on July 15, 2022 and go until the position has been filled.
POSITION: Probationary; Range C*

Salary Minimum: $ 44,354
Salary Maximum: $ 76,826
Salary Type: Depends on qualifications
Bargaining Unit/Plan: 211, MSUAASF

Job Description:
The Laboratory Coordinator for the College of Science, Engineering & Technology's Biological Sciences Department is responsible for the supervision, direction, mentoring and training of graduate level Teaching Assistants assigned to teach a variety of Biological Sciences laboratory sections. The Coordinator will also recommend and assist with the creation and/or update of laboratory exercises and student requirements. Oversight, management and maintenance of the laboratory classrooms, including supplies (including culture media and bacterial cultures) and equipment, is also required. In addition, the Coordinator will teach laboratory sections and provide advice and counsel to the respective students within those course sections.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree or higher in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, or a sub-discipline of Biology. (Conferred on an official transcript at the time of application.)
  • Minimum one (1) year experience teaching undergraduate Biological Sciences and/or microbiology labs at a College or University, which may include related graduate/teaching assistantship.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Strong background or experience in Microbiology
  • Strong background or experience in General Biology
  • Knowledge of experimental procedures and design related to microbiology
  • Expertise or experience in laboratory setup for undergraduate microbiology and general biology courses
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise teaching assistants, or strong potential for successful supervision
  • Knowledge of safety procedures concerning media preparation; sterilization, and propagation and maintenance of bacterial/fungal/phage cultures
  • Experience with basic chemical solution preparation, culture media preparation, and safety
  • Knowledge or experience of laboratory equipment maintenance and troubleshooting equipment issues
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills

Other Requirements:
  • Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment.
  • Assignments may include evening laboratory sections taught by the individual, or supervision of a teaching assistant (TA) that teaches a night lab. It is possible certain laboratory prep may need to be done the evening before (i.e. Sunday, for a Monday lab.)
  • May need to move items weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Work Location: Based on the essential functions of this positions, MMB Policy #1422, and University policies relating to flexible work, this position is not eligible for flexible work and will report to MSU, Mankato campus, 100% of the time.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at:

  • The salary range denoted above is the contractual range; however, salary upon hire is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

University Demographics Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State system. Minnesota State has established a strategic vision, Equity 2030, which aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university and to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. The focus of the work includes:· Enhancing access and student success.· Providing Minnesota with the talent it needs.· Anchoring the communities and regions we serve.Equity 2030 seeks to bridge efforts occurring within divisions and institutions, creating an intentional statewide culture of equity-minded collaboration and resulting in equitable practice embedded throughout our institutions. The full Equity 2030 plan is linked here. Minnesota State University, Mankato has identified five broad themes as our basis for discussion in developing our next comprehensive strategic plan. The themes are Serving Students and Managing Enrollment, Focusing our Resources, Offering an Exceptional Student Experience, Caring for Health and Well-Being, and Ensuring a Welcoming, Equitable, and Inclusive University. We seek to attract teacher-scholars who will be culturally and academically diverse faculty members, and staff with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is now the second largest university in Minnesota with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-world thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 44,500 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University acknowledges the land and the tribal nations upon this land whose work is being accomplished. We acknowledge that we are on Dakota land. We also take the opportunity to recognize that we live, work, and learn in the homeland of the Dakota people, whose language frames our name—Minnesota State University, Mankato.Serving approximately 14,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with more than 200 academic programs, from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18% students of color and 1,175 + international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions and extensive partnerships. With 1,600 faculty and staff, including 700 teaching faculty. The University has additional locations and a growing number of on-line programs to accelerate educational access and opportunity. These locations include partnerships in northern Minnesota’s the iron range region. Fast facts about the university can be found here:

The Department of Biological Sciences has 700 undergraduate students pursuing BS degrees in Biology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, and Agriculture Science and 45 graduate students seeking MS degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences. The Department currently has over 20 tenure-track faculty.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website: A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
  • Cover Letter
  • Non-Photo Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact Information for three (3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working an equity-minded environment

Dr. Yongtao Zhu, Chair, Search Screening Committee
Department of Biological Sciences
Minnesota State University, Mankato
242 Trafton Science Center South
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-1098 TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711
*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Minnesota State University Administrative and Service Faculty which can be found at:
NOTICE: In accordance with the Minnesota State Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MN State’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.
The Minnesota State University, Mankato Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available for your review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the University. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on-campus, or in other University affiliated locations. This report is available online at: You may also request a paper copy from University Security at 507-389-2111, or by emailing

Benefits Info:
The following link provides a brief overview of benefits available to eligible employees of Minnesota State University.

Select the ASF Summary (Administrative & Service Faculty) link from the list for specifics of that plan.

Benefits Overview

Posting Number: M243M
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 08/15/2022
Position End Date (if temporary):
Open Date:
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions Summary:

To apply, visit

Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. jeid-0f222955e83b8a46af9ef286bbb6795a
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