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Position: Lab Manager Instructor III - Physics

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
39 2KA – Department not found Full-time A98541

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Professor - Physics, the Lab Manager Instructor III - Physics will: work with students to improve their laboratory techniques and research skills and  improve current laboratory experiences and to develop new ones;  teach lower-division classes, coordinate lower-division lab classes, and manage teaching supplies.

Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Order and purchase materials, consumables, and non-consumable supplies needed for each of the courses to which the lab manager has been assigned unless another lab manager has been assigned, then oversee said orders and purchases.
  • Maintain an inventory of equipment & supplies used in each of the courses to which the the lab manager has been assigned unless another lab manager has been assigned, then oversee said inventory.
  • Prepare materials, consumables, and non-consumable supplies and instuments needed for each of the courses to which the lab manager has been assigned.
  • Maintain a check-out system for equipement and supplies removed from the stock and storage room.
  • Teach labs and specialized labs up to 0.5 FTE for this position.
  • Oversee and supervise other lab managers and hourly lab assistants as assigned by the department chair.
  • Instruct the laboratory instructors in the safety procedures of the instruments and materials used in the courses to which the manager is assigned.
  • Maintain MSDS documents for any materials used in the laboratories and keep them in an accessible place for all instructors and faculty working in the labs.
  • Ensure that all safety standards, procedures, and recommendations pertaining to the laboratory experiments, materials, and procedures are adhered to by instructors and students.
  • Serve as member of School Safety Committee, and College Safety Committee as requested by the department chair or dean.
  • Attend workshops, conferences, etc. to stay current in the latest laboratory experiments and procedures.
  • Work with appropriate faculty to improve current laboratory experiences and to develop new ones.
  • Act as a liaison between local industries in arranging for internships for students.
  • Perform miscellaneous job related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • N/A

Special Requirements of the Position:
  • This position may require some heavy lifting.


Graduation from an accredited institution with a masters degree and two years laboratory experience related to the duties and responsibilities of the position; OR a doctorate degree in an area of expertise related to the duties and responsibilities.

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Knowledge of chemical, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, and/or environmental health standards.
  • Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
  • Knowledge of the use and maintenance of laboratory facilities and/or equipment.
  • Knowledge of laboratory and experimental protocols and procedures.
  • Knowledge of laboratory operations and/or procedures.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to utilize, calibrate, configure and/or troubleshoot laboratory testing systems and instruments.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and training to end users.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. 
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.

This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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