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Research Laboratory Manager

Georgia Southern University
Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Sep 22, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Research Laboratory Manager

Job ID: 261993
Location: Georgia Southern - Savannah
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Armstrong Campus - Savannah, GA

Department Information

The Institute for Water and Health

Job Summary

The Laboratory Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of The Institute for Water and Health's (IWH) Water Quality Research Laboratory. This position is time limited and 100% sponsored-funded; therefore, continued employment is contingent upon availability of grant or contract funding.

The IWH at Georgia Southern University commits to uniting science, practice, and community funds of knowledge to implement a collective vision of safe water, sustainable environments, and resilient communities. The Water Quality Research Laboratory supports the IWH's mission through its state-of-the-art research capabilities and a strong emphasis on water research education and outreach activities, serving researchers, the public, and industry partners.

This position is time limited and 100% sponsored-funded; therefore, continued employment is contingent upon availability of grant or contract funding.

  • Maintain the State of Georgia and National Environmental Laboratories Accreditation Conference (NELAC) certification for selected microbiological and chemical analytes
  • Oversee routine biosafety certifications and enforce biosafety protocols for workers at all times
  • Work with Environmental Safety to coordinate hazardous waste collection and disposal
  • Prepare technical reports and Quality Assurance Project Plans for contracts and projects
  • Develop statements of work and technical specifications for projects
  • Perform routine laboratory tests in water quality (microbiology and chemistry) using a variety of water quality laboratory apparatus, and testing equipment, and following standardized procedures
  • Prepare various culture media and chemical solutions following standard laboratory procedures, inoculate cultures in appropriate media, incubate cultures at prescribed temperatures for specified time periods
  • Experience in standard field sampling methods such as collecting drinking water, ambient water, stormwater, and sediment samples, arranging transportation of laboratory samples, and where applicable, recommending additions to or repeat of tests to verify the accuracy of findings
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment
  • Maintain records on tests performed, test results, methods, materials, and procedures used
  • Oversee maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the laboratory according to established standards and procedures such as proper disposal of biohazardous materials, washing and sterilizing glassware, inspecting temperature control of the equipment, calibrating and maintaining equipment
  • Maintain stockroom, inventories, and purchasing of laboratory materials
  • Train and supervise undergraduate and graduate student workers

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry, or related field and two (2) or more years of professional experience in a related field
  • OR Associate's Degree and three (3) years of professional experience in a related field

Required Experience
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • Water Lab Analyst license, or a Class I or II Water Operator license

Preferred Experience
  • Experience with molecular microbiological methods
  • Experience with operating analytical chemistry instrumentation
  • Familiarity with laboratory information management system
  • Experience writing technical reports, and quality assurance/quality control plans

Proposed Salary

$50,000 - $63,700

This is an exempt position paid on a monthly basis.

Required Documents to Attach
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Two (2) Professional References

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Consistently exhibit engaging customer service
  • Ability to support various constituencies served by the University.
  • Proven proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office, Google, and/or applications as required for specific position
  • Able to manage laboratory budgets
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks

  • Adhere to University policies and procedures to meet Institutional goals and support University's mission for student success
  • Has extensive knowledge of water quality testing and is able to conduct standard microbiological and chemical analytical procedures

  • Effective communication (verbal and written), organizational and human relations skills
  • Excellent organization and multi-tasking skills
  • Strong attention to detail with excellent analytical, judgment, and problem-solving capabilities

Apply Before Date

September 19, 2023

Application review may begin on August 13, 2023.

Contact Information

For more information or questions about a job posting, please contact the Department of Human Resources by phone at (912) 478-6947 or by email at

For technical support, please call the Shared Services Center at (877) 251-2644 or

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Georgia Southern University, as determined by Georgia Southern University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Legally authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the University.

Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation.

Georgia Southern University is a Tobacco and Smoke-Free Community.

Proof of valid Driver's License upon hire and throughout employment

Employment contingent on availability of soft grant/contract funds.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources: (912) 478-6947.

Other Information
  • Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Possess reliable transportation to access field sites
  • Ability to travel to other locations in Georgia for fieldwork
  • Work generally performed in a laboratory and field settings
  • May be exposed to biohazardous materials
  • May be required to maneuver items weighing up to 25 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation

Background Check
  • Position of Trust + Education

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