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Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Posted Date
Apr 25, 2023

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Full Time

Manager Laboratory

Arizona State University

Biodesign Administration

Campus: Tempe



Job Description

The Biodesign Institute is seeking an experienced, motivated, and proactive lab manager to join the Biodesign Institute Lab Management team.  You will oversee and coordinate the day-to-day program and laboratory operational activities and functions for the Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics (CFAM) within the Biodesign Institute, facilitating its operation within policies and procedures, center priorities, funding limitations and other specifications. You will dedicate 50% of your time to this assignement. The rest of the time will be dedicated to supporting ongoing research in the Garcia-Pichel laboratory in CFAM. You will work directly with the Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics and within a team of peer lab management professionals dedicated to advancing the Institute and assigned to other Biodesign Institute centers.  


Salary Range

$48,750 - $75,000 per year; DOE


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Essential Duties

  • Manage and monitor all laboratory safety requirements including lab safety manuals, trainings, chemical waste, biohazards and required PPE.
  • Maintain safety equipment (e.g., spill kits) 
  • Maintain the new Chemical Inventory System.
  • Train staff on how to manage chemical and hazardoeus waste streams, and coordinate request for chemical and hazardous waste removal. 
  • Supervise periodic lab clean-ups to maintain a safe and efficient lab environment.
  • Manage and supervise inventory/ordering system operations by establishing and maintaining par levels and re-stocking points of standard laboratory and office supplies. 
  • Manage onboarding of new lab personnel including student volunteers. 
  • Ensure approporiate and up-to-date safety trainings and orientation. 
  • Manage performance of all existing equipment; checks operational status of all major instrumentation on a regular basis and coordinates repair. 
  • Obtain proficiency in basic, commonly used laboratory procedures
  • Curate online protocol database
  • Support experimental work as needed
  • Support field campaigns and/ or work as needed
  • Train new personnel assigned to tasks 1-10 in each of the 5 PI labs with space in the BDI building, and organizes periodical update meetings with that    group.
  • Maintain a list of all active personnel in the center, particularly those who would be expected in the lab, including personal contact information (for use in emergencies).
  • Track space usage in the Center – which PIs have which benches, desks, etc. assigned to them – who is assigned to each bench and desk for PIs with labs in the BDI buildings.
  • Be the liaison between the Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics and Biodesign Administration to relay pertinent information and to discuss and resolve problems and issues (e.g., door access, building operations policy, communications on building maintenance, etc.).
  • Initiate affiliation packets and approval of Biodesign door access requests for center members.
  • Identify, develop, and maintain working relationships with other university groups for support as appropriate to work assignment.


Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in the area of the scientific discipline and four (4) years of related experience which includes two (2) years laboratory management experience in a research setting; OR, Bachelor's degree in the area of the scientific discipline and six (6) years of related experience which includes two (2) years laboratory management experience in a research setting; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a science/laboratory background.
  • Knowledge of standard lab and office practices. 
  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures. 
  • Experience in being safety minded and oriented.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, verbal, written and interpersonal. 
  • Experience with tact and diplomacy in maintaining effective working relationships. 
  • Experience in using organizational skills and being flexible. 
  • Experience in using time management skills. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite; Excel, Outlook, Word, Power Point). 


Working Environment

ASU is a diverse enterprise with a wide variety of work and learning modes, locations, and a commitment to sustainability, innovation, and employee work-life balance. We are determined to maintain our position as an employer of choice in a competitive labor market, as such the following options may be offered dependent on department needs:


Flexible work options:

  • Alternative work schedules can include four, 10-hour workdays in a workweek; a nine-day, 80-hour schedule over two workweeks for exempt employees only; and staggered start and stop times.
  • Hybrid work is an arrangement where employees spend a minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Dean or vice president-level approval is required.
  • Remote work is an arrangement where the employee spends less than 60% of their regular workweek at a regularly assigned ASU work location. Executive vice president-level approval is required.

Standard Working Environment:

  • Regular activities require ability to manage multiple tasks at one time, to be able to prioritize tasks; to manage conflict: to interact in a team environment: and to communicate effectively to exchange accurate information.
  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting and laboratory subject to extended periods of being in a stationary position, operating computer and other office productivity machinery; required to move a moderate distance to perform work.
  • Frequent moves up to 25 pounds for various needs.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Ability to clearly communicate in English, read, write, and exchange accurate information to perform essential duties.
  • May be required to wear personal protective equipment before entering laboratories such as lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, closed toe shoes and respirator.


Department Statement

For the eighth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all eight years the category has existed.


ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way. To learn more about how Knowledge Enterprise is a place for your career to grow, visit


At Biodesign Administration, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. We value your unique background and perspective, and you may be just the right candidate for this position or other roles on our team.


Working at ASU has additional perks and OUTSTANDING benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities; and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.


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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.


Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


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