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Body Donor Program Laboratory Manager


Minimum $70,400 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Job Summary:

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) Body Donor Program is looking for a highly motivated, detail-oriented person to fill the position of Laboratory Manager. The UW SMPH Body Donor Program is an academic, human body donation program. The study of human anatomy is an essential component of medical education. The UW-Madison and partner institutions within the State of Wisconsin depend heavily on donors in order to continue to provide advanced anatomy education to students entering the health professions (medical, physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant students, as well as residents-in-training and practicing physicians).

The best qualified applicants for the Laboratory Manager will be enthusiastic and detail-oriented and have excellent communication and organizational skills. The Body Donor Program Laboratory Manager will supervise and manage the day-to-day administration of the Body Donor Program. The Laboratory Manager will coordinate and oversee anatomy lab and mortuary maintenance, purchases, safety and environmental compliance and security of the mortuary and anatomy lab spaces. The Laboratory Manger will report directly to the Director of the UW SMPH Body Donor program and will supervise two full-time morticians.

The Laboratory Manager will develop and maintain the body donor registration records/database and oversee all donor loan requests and loan agreements at UW-Madison and partner institutions. The Laboratory Manager will be expected to remain current with national, state, and local body donation related laws and standards and will maintain high privacy standards related to HIPAA and death certificates. The Laboratory Manger will communicate with professional societies and the public to inform them about body donation options and policies through the UW SMPH Body Donor Program.

The Laboratory Manager will also answer general questions for members of the public who are interested in donating to the UW SMPH Body Donor Program. Applicants must be skilled communicating with prospective donors and families of donors with care, kindness, and empathy. The UW SMPH Body Donor Program works closely with anatomy teaching faculty at the UW-Madison and partner institutions, and the Laboratory Manager must be comfortable interacting closely with whole body cadaver donations.

SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.

Responsibilities: Directs the technical activities, operations, planning, and policy development of a lab, including coordinating the activities of multiple, complex projects and staff to ensure quality control and compliance with regulations.
  • 20% Identifies, proposes, and implements new or revised unit operational policies and procedures in alignment with strategic initiatives and objectives
  • 20% Serves as the unit liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing information, making recommendations to leadership, and representing the interests of the unit
  • 20% Directs and supervises the day-to-day laboratory operations, quality control programs, and/or staff of a work unit to ensure compliance with organization and regulatory agency standards
  • 5% Monitors program budgets and expenditures
  • 10% May exercise supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 FTE or equivalent employees
  • 5% Develops and facilitates trainings regarding scientific experimentation, technical procedures, and equipment operations to various audiences
  • 10% Develops and maintains Body Donor Program registration records and database
  • 10% Oversees coordination of all donor loan requests and loan agreements at UW-Madison and partner institutions
  • Annual and semi-annual performance reviews and biweekly timesheet approval of two morticians
  • Purchasing supplies, overseeing safety compliance, overseeing setting up lab spaces for classes, working with access control to maintain lab security
  • Development and maintenance of the donor registration database, entering registrations into donor database, sending donor registration letters and cards
  • Oversight of all donor loans at UW-Madison and partner institutions, communication with partner institutions to relay policy and procedure expectations
  • Answering general questions from public on phone about registration of prospective donation
  • Answering questions from donor families about current donor status
  • Assist Director of Body Donor Program and student volunteers with planning and set up of Annual Body Donor Ceremony
  • Outreach to professional societies and public about body donation options and policy at UW SMPH Body Donor Program
  • Overseeing updates to UW SMPH Body Donor Program website
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree in anatomy, biology, biomedical, or forensic science related field or Associate's degree in mortuary science with active Wisconsin Funeral Director license


1. at least two years working in anatomy, biology, biomedical or mortuary science related work experience
2. one or more years of management experience
3. Excellent written and oral communication skills

1. Two or more years of management experience, including people management
2. Experience working with human body donors/cadavers

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Additional Information:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. University sponsorship is not available for this position.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the "" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications and experience as it relates to this role. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor during the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice.


Beth Miller
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Laboratory Manager(RE032)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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