Lab Manager

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Academic Programs, Research

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

The daily operation, maintenance, as well as experimental design and set-up, data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation. This position oversees and provides direction for technical support for labs.

Level Scope:

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of areas typically obtained through higher education combined with experience. Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Essential Functions:

60% of the Time the Lab Manager must:

  • Daily Management: The routine operation, maintenance, and quality control, as well experimental design & set-up, data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation
  • Fiscal Management: Responsible for fiscal management of facility with supervisor oversight
  • Research Management: Expected to contribute to team research efforts
  • Assisting PI’s: Grant writing and manuscript preparation
  • Teaching workshops, schedule and organize lab training sessions for lab instructors
  • Direct the implementation and testing of laboratory activities

35% of the Time the Lab Manager must: 

  • Manage safety issues in academic and research labs.
  • Serve on chemistry department safety committee.
  • Identify and dispose of hazardous chemicals and waste in accordance with university, federal, and state requirements.
  • Act as point-of-contact for outside agencies regarding compliance and safety for the chemistry department.
  • Management of chemical inventory and disposal to ensure compliance with university, state, and federal regulations.
  • Organize and coordinate safety training for all departmental instructional positions.
  • Management and review of laboratory accidents, incidents and issues.
  • Act as department contact for emergency response in appropriate situations.
  • Manage remodels and reorganizations of chemistry department facilities.
  • Act as liaison to facilities, operations, and maintenance for minor facilities needs on as needed basis.

5% Duties as Assigned 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Ability to assist with grant writing and manuscript preparation
  • Possess the appropriate background in experimental design and analysis
  • Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote cultural competency and/or diversity
  • Knowledge of computer lab management and maintenance
  • Experience and proven success in leading the management and support of instructional labs
Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters in Chemistry or MBA
  • 3 plus years experience in laboratory safety protocols and management of hazardous chemicals and waste.
  • 2 years experience Managing with higher education or scientific laboratories.
  • Experience managing and executing a strategic plan for a professional budget.
  • Knowledge and experience with various chemistry related scientific instrumentation. 
Salary and Benefits:

Salary ranges from $48,608 to $52,500 depending on experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please provide a cover letter indicating interest and qualifications for the role as well as a resume with employment history. You will be asked to provide contact information for 3 professional references.



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