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ENVIRONMENTAL LAB MANAGER (RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIST SUPERVISOR, 50% FTE)
University of Washington
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Posted: 07-Oct-21

Location: Seattle, Washington

Type: Full Time

Salary: Open

Internal Number: 197028

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. 

The has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time Environmental Lab Manager (Research Technologist Supervisor, 50% FTE). 

The Environmental Lab Manager (0.50 FTE) oversees daily operations of the environmental labs, primarily located in More Hall, with additional space in Wilcox Hall and Benjamin Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building. This position is responsible for establishing the culture of safety, ensuring students are properly trained, and maintaining the lab space. Therefore, the manager will work closely with environmental engineering faculty, researchers and students to oversee operations, instrumentation, and safety of the laboratory spaces. The manager will work closely with the University of Washington Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) program and an environmental engineering faculty director to implement health and safety policies and practices. The manager will be responsible for maintenance, troubleshooting and general upkeep of analytical instruments (e.g., high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), ion chromatography (IC), gas chromatography (GC), and various spectroscopy systems) and common equipment (e.g. fume hoods, ultrapure water systems, ovens), and may also participate in development of proposals for equipment upgrades. The manager may also supervise a laboratory technician or student assistant(s), and is responsible for providing guidance, managing workload, and assigning tasks to these positions.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Research and lab management (75%): manage supply ordering and inventory; track expenses; develop and implement laboratory protocols and standard operating procedures for instrumentation in the laboratory spaces; work with instrument vendors to perform general maintenance and troubleshooting of instruments and general laboratory equipment; conduct training with researchers for instrumentation use and maintenance; facilitate laboratory walk-throughs and perform onboarding of new researchers; communicate with researchers, research staff, students and faculty to ensure research activities run smoothly; laboratory space cleaning and management; attend monthly laboratory meetings with staff, researchers and faculty to discuss concerns related to laboratory operation, health and safety.

Laboratory safety & compliance (25%): manage safety protocols; oversee UW EH&S lab safety compliance and prepare and manage lab inspections; manage chemical inventory; dispose of biological and chemical waste; track research team laboratory trainings and remind users of expiring trainings; organize protocols and other files in a central location.    
  • Environmental lab management, lab safety and compliance
  • May supervise temp staff help or student employees.

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
  • A Bachelor's Degree in an appropriate related field of science or technology AND two years' experience in a field applicable to the assignment.
  • A Master's Degree may be substituted for one year of required experience. Experience at the professional-level may be substituted, year-for-year, for the degree.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    DESIRED EXPERIENCE
    Experience with water quality test equipment (e.g., pH meters, balances, pipettes, compressed gas tanks), analytical instruments (e.g., UV-vis spectrophotometer, fluorimeter, HPLC, IC, GC) and laboratory techniques. Experience with analytical sample preparation and analysis protocols. Familiarity with other protocols related to water treatment and experience with data analysis software.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.