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Laboratory Director, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Bucknell University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 8, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences
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Laboratory Director, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Job No: 496905
Position Type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Academic Affairs

The Geology and Environmental Geosciences Department seeks a 12-month, benefits-eligible Laboratory Director. The start date will be July 1, 2022. The Laboratory Director is responsible for supporting teaching and research activities including lab preparation, equipment and inventory oversight, management of computer resources, managing lab safety, performing equipment maintenance, fabrication of lab materials, and assisting with outreach. We seek a candidate committed to diversity and inclusiveness through their interactions with students and colleagues having a range of backgrounds, interests, and perspectives.

Department Overview
The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences comprises seven tenured and tenure-track faculty, with support provided by a laboratory director and an academic assistant. The Department has customized facilities with modern scientific instruments and equipment for use in introductory and advanced courses as well as research. In the spirit of Bucknell's liberal arts environment, our courses are taken by students from all majors in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and Freeman College of Management. We have a strong cohort of geology and environmental geosciences majors, most of whom conduct supervised independent undergraduate research.

The Department is committed to broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Our labs are one demonstration of this commitment. Well-designed, topical labs engage students in collaborative endeavors and promote meaningful interactions between students and faculty. The Lab Director plays a pivotal role in ensuring the success of departmental laboratory activities; they help faculty develop laboratory exercises as part of departmental course offerings for both majors and non-majors and assure that laboratories run smoothly with operational equipment and leading-edge support materials. Lab activities are developed and delivered by the faculty in consultation with the laboratory director. The Lab Director provides vital support to faculty and student research activities and oversees the instrumentation and computing facilities in our department.

Job Description
Responsibilities and attributes include:
  • contribute to the curriculum for introductory geoscience labs in consultation with faculty using the latest available technologies
  • setup and takedown of introductory-level labs, typically 5 to 7 per week
  • assisting upper-level labs where equipment or logistical support is needed
  • ordering and maintaining inventories of equipment and supplies
  • overseeing equipment disbursement, return, and restocking
  • overseeing shared departmental computer facilities, including hardware/software requests
  • managing safety oversight of laboratories including training of students
  • maintaining and repairing laboratory equipment
  • fabricating materials/demonstrations for teaching and research
  • maintaining operational capacities of geology instrument labs (e.g., scanning electron microscope, powder x-ray diffractometer, sediment particle sizers, sediment flume)
  • developing outreach to engage future students from diverse backgrounds
  • overseeing website and social media updates

Physical Demands
Physical demands for the Laboratory Director include routine exertion in lifting and carrying materials and equipment up to 25 pounds and occasional periods of prolonged standing, bending, and similar activities.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in geoscience or related field or equivalent experience
  • one year of experience with the above tasks as a graduate student, lab technician, or scientist
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • willing and interested to learn new technologies as needed
  • ability to prioritize, multitask, and interact effectively with students and colleagues, and to foster an inclusive and welcoming work environment

Preferred Qualifications
We welcome candidates who can offer any of the following additional capacities: proficiency in G.I.S., creating 3D digital models, piloting drones, and repairing electrical equipment and advanced instrumentation.

How to apply
Applications must include a C.V. and cover letter addressing interest in position and experience related to the tasks described in the job description. For additional information and to apply, please go to Bucknell University's career site Review of applications will begin on January 24th and continue until the position is filled.

We seek a Laboratory Director who is committed to Bucknell University's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body and whose experience and expertise will contribute to the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences diversity-related educational goals. We welcome candidates who demonstrate excellence in reflective multicultural and inclusive teaching practices and who display a strong commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity.

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