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Lab Manager Job – Odum School of Ecology – Spring 2017

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Posted: 4/18/2017
Expiration Date: 5/17/2017


This position facilitates the management of the introductory laboratory courses in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. The position requires a significant supervisory role, organizational skills, experience in research methods in ecology, teaching skills, and a collaborative work ethic. Work involves planning and supervising teaching preparation sessions for graduate student laboratory instructors, developing and revising instructional activities based on ecological research methods to be used in the laboratory program in collaboration with course instructors, oversight of instruments, supplies and laboratory teaching spaces, and interacting with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates relative to the laboratory program. Work is performed with considerable independence under the direction of the undergraduate coordinator and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Work is reviewed annually through observation of results and reports.



40%: Supervises the activities of graduate student teaching assistants assigned to

introductory laboratory courses; assigns graduate teaching assistants to sections; trains teaching assistants to the methods and materials used in teaching each laboratory experiment or exercise; oversees the set-up and break-down of weekly lab materials; coordinates scheduling of vans for field trips; assists in leading some laboratory sections on an as-needed basis.

20%: Orders and maintains inventory on laboratory and field supplies; maintains organization and functionality of physical lab spaces; oversees regular maintenance on instruments and helps identify future equipment needs in the lab rooms.

20%: Develops activities and materials to be used in laboratory courses in collaboration with faculty instructors; develop instructional teaching notes, including those for new laboratory experiments or exercises; maintains and updates online course management system, course syllabi and policies, and mandated laboratory safety and first aid training; coordinates the calculation of student grades at end of semester

10%: Provides professional development to graduate student teaching assistants

(e.g. nominating for teaching awards, job recommendations, feedback on teaching skills); supports graduate student teaching assistants in potential Academic Honesty violation cases; acts as liaison between the faculty instructors, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and graduate and undergraduate coordinators in the Odum School of Ecology; develops and updates a teaching assistant manual

10%: Performs other related work as required.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in ecology, biology, science education, or a related area; some experience related to this class of work; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Evidence of experience in research methods in ecology, biology or related field

Evidence of successful teaching and science education pedagogy coursework/training.

Evidence of successful personnel management.

Drivers license required.



Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, and techniques used in field biology, organismal biology and computational (statistics, computer simulation) laboratories.

Considerable knowledge of the use of laboratory apparatus and field equipment (e.g., microscopes, balances, pipettors, dip nets).

Computer skills including word processing; database, spreadsheet, and presentation preparation.

Ability to organize, communicate, teach, and work with others in an effective manner.

Ability to supervise the work of others.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.



Activities and decisions are varied in nature, requiring the solving of both common and unusual problems. This position requires significant independent activity and decision-making. The position’s supervisor or other appropriate position is consulted for clarification of policies, procedures, etc. only when needed.



Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds and walk/hike 1+ km through wooded areas.


The job is posted on the University of Georgia HR website, and we are accepting applications immediately.  The position will remain open until filled, but we expect to identify a suitable candidate in the coming month. Anticipated start date is July 1.

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