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Laboratory Manager

Temple University, Department of Bioengneering
Philadelphia County, PA
Closing date
May 17, 2022

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Summary of Position

The Department of Bioengineering is seeking a Lab Manager to provide the overall management, supervision, and support for shared wet and dry research and teaching laboratory facilities (approximately 9,000 sq ft. space total). The ideal candidate will have knowledge of diverse areas of bioengineering such as biomaterials, cell-, and regenerative tissue engineering, imaging and biomedical devices, and a background in the administration and oversight of budgets.

Essential Functions of Position

The lab manager oversees the daily and long-term operation of the department's labs. Acts as the primary manager of all departmental teaching and research labs and is responsible for ensuring that the labs and all lab equipment are functioning properly. Responsible for ensuring that the lab is stocked, clean, and organized, as well as for ordering laboratory supplies. Responsible for basic centralized tissue culture training of undergraduates. Oversees all equipment maintenance together with designated individual PIs and graduate students and proactively monitors the lab equipment to ensure that problems in instruments are spotted early and adequately taken care of. Assists with all laboratory upgrades and equipment renovations and purchases. Works with Instructors to prepare Labs for Classrooms: Ensures that all teaching labs' equipment and supplies are properly set up and prepared for classes in a timely manner. Assists students with lab equipment usage for senior design projects and various special projects.

Lab Safety: Responsible for ensuring lab safety. This includes ensuring safety equipment is stocked, testing eyewashes and safety showers weekly, and ensuring that proper safety equipment is worn and utilized while students and faculty are in the labs. Verifies that safety training courses are completed by Instructors and TAs/students to ensure that all safety precautions are being taken in the laboratory environment.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Responsible for compliance preparation of lab for regulatory reviews. Performs other related duties as assigned.


A. People Supervised: Student workers

B. Operating Budget: NIA

C. Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and at least four years of experience in directly related laboratory management/research experience in bioengineering and/or life sciences. An equivalent combination of education and experience (graduate degree and experience) may be considered. Master's degree in bioengineering and/or life sciences with prior laboratory managerial
experience in an academic setting is preferred.

D. Other Pertinent Data:

• Experience in laboratory management in bio (medical) engineering, or life science research.
• Demonstrated administrative and operational skills in a bio (medical) engineering setting.
• Demonstrated expertise in basic computer operations, digital inventory, and data management systems, as well as specific laboratory equipment software.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, along with the ability to effectively interact with a
diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.
• Strong analytical and organizational skills.
• Ability to supervise student workers.

E. Equipment Used: Biological safety cabinet, incubator, chemical fume hood, microscope, autoclave, pH meter, balance, centrifuge, hot/stir plate

F. Environmental Conditions: Ability to work in a wet lab setting which may include wet or humid environment and exposure to fumes, air borne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals.

G. Physical Requirements:

Ability to handle sensitive equipment.

Ability to speak clearly.

Ability to see clearly with corrective lens.

Ability to work a computer for an extended period of time.

Ability to operate standard office equipment.

Ability/willingness to cover nights/weekends/early mornings emergencies.

Ability/willingness to work overtime on occasions.

Note: This description incorporates the most typical duties performed. It is recognized that other related duties not specifically mentioned may also be performed. The inclusion of these duties would not alter the overall evaluation of this position.

Compliance statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, fmancial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact .

University Compensation (Job Class Dept Title Grade BU)
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