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Physical Science Lab Supervisor

University of Bridgeport
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Other Science & Technology, Physics & Space Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Laboratory Supervisor for the Physical Sciences shall manage the operation, materials, and records of University’s Chemistry and Physics Laboratories. In this capacity, the Laboratory Supervisor will perform the following (non-exhaustive) obligations, as explained in further detail below: 1) preparing of and maintaining required inventory for Chemistry and Physics Laboratories; 2) ensuring proper set-up of all Chemistry and Physics Laboratories; 3) ensuring regulatory and institutional compliance for the above-referenced laboratories (i..e complying with federal and state law, as well as University policies and procedures); and 4) overseeing and managing graduate assistants and student workers working in the aforementioned departments. In this role, the Laboratory Supervisor shall report to the Laboratory Manager for Biology and Biomedical Research, Dean of Science and Society, and the Chairs of the Chemistry and Physics Departments.

More specifically, the Laboratory Supervisor shall fulfill the following responsibilities:
  • Hiring, assigning, supervising, and documenting all records pertaining to graduate and undergraduate student workers.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and updating all laboratory safety protocols in the Chemistry and Physics Laboratories (e.g. SDS sheets, lab safety plans, etc.).
  • Establishing institutional compliance with all state and federal requirements regarding laboratory safety for Chemistry and Physics.
  • Ensuring that the above-mentioned laboratory facilities are in good working order, including removal and storage/disposal of old equipment that is no longer being used.
  • Overseeing all hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal in the above-referenced laboratories.
  • Overseeing daily lab preparations, including set up and take down of the experiments, and providing prep information for student workers.
  • Routine maintenance of labs and laboratory equipment. Scheduling instrument maintenance. Equipment inventory, calibration, maintenance and repair
  • Assign glassware lockers to lab classes and provide first and last day materials to each lab class.
  • Purchasing chemicals, laboratory supplies, and laboratory equipment.
  • Maintaining records and tracking all purchase orders for laboratory supplies.
  • Ordering supplies and materials as requested by Chemistry and Physics faculty, upon the Laboratory Supervisor’s determination that the University is equipped to store and maintain such substances. The Laboratory Supervisor shall also consult with faculty to develop course-specific inventories for all laboratory courses, and maintain the supply budget for Chemistry and Physics.
  • Inspecting laboratory set-ups prior to the start of class and providing feedback to the students to correct as needed. The Laboratory Supervisor is not responsible for substantively instructing or assisting students with their laboratory work (except as provided in the previous sentence).
  • Overseeing the set-up, take down and regular cleaning of the student labs, which includes obtaining prep lists from the faculty and planning orders for the following semester.
  • Maintain the chemical and glassware inventories.
  • Work with the Chemical Hygiene officer for practical implementation of the Chemical Hygiene Plan. Which includes:
    • Upkeep of the chemical inventory database
    • Upkeep of the SDS collection
    • Chemical waste accumulation and disposal
    • Training student workers, and faculty on safety.
  • Participate in curriculum development with faculty.
  • Preparing and maintaining technical documentation and training materials
  • Ensuring proper training of all laboratory personnel (including student workers).
  • Management of physical space allocated for labs, including coordination of maintenance and space utilization with facilities. Physical labor related to deploying and organizing equipment as necessary to support weekly teaching schedule
  • M.S. degree in physics, chemistry, or related field (e. g. engineering)
  • strong familiarity with chemistry and physics undergraduate curricula
  • excellent organizational and communication skills
  • hands-on experience with lab instrumentation
  • A flexible, a quick learner preferably with experience in a chemistry and/or physics lab in the role of either a manager, supervisor, or a technician is strongly desirable.
NOTE: The above description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the Physical Sciences Laboratory Supervisor . It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of the position. You will devote your full time and best efforts to the performance of your various job duties and will observe any and all policies, rules and regulations that the University may now have or shall hereafter establish

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