General Summary of Position:
The Biomedical Lab Specialist/Manager will function to support the Biomedical and Nutritional Science (BNS) department primarily through service laboratory coordination. The Biomedical Lab Specialist/Manager will work closely with the BNS Department Chair, Associate Chair and laboratory course coordinators. Primary work responsibilities include coordination and preparation of all service course laboratories (Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Physiological Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and other lab courses as requested by the Chair), managing student workers, ensuring that all teaching laboratory safety standards are followed, maintaining biomedical instruments and equipment, inventory management, and the maintenance and development of laboratory procedures.
Essential Job Duties:
1. Coordinate Lab Activities:
• Coordinate preparation of all service course laboratories (Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Physiological Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and other lab courses as needed);
• Assist Laboratory Coordinators in their development of experiments and identification of supplies required;
• Maintain an inventory and adequate supply of reagents, equipment and consumables to ensure proper execution of instructional laboratory courses;
• Prepare media, stock cultures, and chemical solutions;
• Troubleshoot experiments for teaching laboratories;
• Provide technical support for the use of various laboratory equipment and instruments;
• Maintain & communicate with a list of preferred vendors for lab supplies, as well as installation, repairs and preventative maintenance of equipment used for service course laboratories; interact with them on purchases;
• Support ordering of reagents; work with department administrative assistant on tracking and reporting.
2. Manage Student Workers:
• Hire, train, and supervise work-study students and part-time laboratory aides in all aspects of laboratory support
3. Ensure Laboratory Safety:
• Manage biohazard and chemical hazardous materials in accordance to federal, state, local, and university regulations;
• Follow prescribed blood-borne pathogens safety precautions, university, and department rules and regulations;
• Participate in the development, recommendation, and implementation of laboratory/resource facility policies, programs, practices, and procedures as they pertain to laboratory safety;
• Write, revise, and review standard operating procedures (SOPs) to educate faculty, staff, and students in the proper handling, use, and disposal of biohazardous and chemical agents according to regulations, including the proper operation of associated equipment;
• Act as liaison between the BNS Department and the UML Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office;
• Track and report lab-specific training for all BNS faculty, staff, and students each semester.
Other Job Duties:
Opportunity to teach one course/semester depending on preferences and qualifications (workload adjusted accordingly)
Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chair
Occasional travel between campuses and for off-site meetings
Some weekend work anticipated for recruitment activities
This position requires a dynamic response to a constantly changing work environment. The areas of overall lab management responsibilities frequently compete for priority requiring flexibility and adaptability. Work requires the ability to interpret detailed policies, procedures, and guidelines.
(1) The ability to work effectively with diverse groups;
(2) Expertise and sensitivity in working with learners at various levels;
(3) Flexibility and adaptability;
(4) Excellent written and verbal communication;
(5) Strong theoretical and clinical base of knowledge;
(6) Ability to create and improvise meaningful learning experiences.
UMass Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in these areas.
UMass Lowell is situated in the heart of New England on the banks of the Merrimack River, a beautiful and culturally diverse area and birthplace of America’s industrial revolution. Cotton mills in Lowell, the only city to be awarded nation park status by the U.S. National Park Service, opened in 1814 and the city has been a hub of invention and innovation ever since. UML continues that legacy of innovation throughout the campus. Its location 25 miles north of Boston offer unsurpassed enrichment of every type including fine arts, dining, historical sites, and of course sports! Just north of Lowell the grandeur of New Hampshire’s White mountains unfolds not far from the storied ski lodges of Vermont. In addition, beautiful beaches and Cape Cod are within easy driving distance. All told, Lowell is a jewel of a city in one of the most attractive regions in the country to live.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
• Bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences or related field and 4 years of related experience
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated leadership skills
• Demonstrated knowledge of safety rules (OSHA, CDC)
• Demonstrated skill in the operation and use of various laboratory equipment and instrumentation, including proper set up, troubleshooting, and maintenance
• Demonstrated ability to consistently meet daily, weekly, and monthly deadlines
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations of students and colleagues
• Proficient in English (oral and written)
• Previous experience managing laboratories at the undergraduate level preferred
• MS preferred
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.
This is a SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P21.
Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.