University of Central Oklahoma

  • STEM Building Lab Manager

    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
    Job ID
    Org Number
    Math/Sci Coll Course Fees Spec Inst
    Provost Vice President
    Job Type
    $50,000 - $55,000 annually
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Hours Per Week
    Weeks Per Year
    Weeks Per Year
    Monday - Friday
    Job Post Information* : External Company URL
  • Special Instructions to Applicants

    Online application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, a list of three references with contact information, and transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate degrees and degrees in progress.  Please submit your transcripts under Optional Documents.

    Position Overview

    Operate, calibrate, or maintain equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis.  Establish or montior quality assurance programs or activities to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results.  Set up, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment.  Participates in process of purchasing supplies for use in lab and department.  Assist in the preparation and set-up of laboratory for faculty/student use.  Assist individual students in practice and learning.  Provides supervision of student peer tutors in lab.  Provides support and assistance related to facilities and equipment issues and repairs. Coordinates the ordering, inventory, storage, and maintenance of supplies, lab ware, and instruments essential to the operation of the lab.  Assists faculty with designing experiments.  May teach classes or laboratory sessions as assigned.

    Department Specific Essential Job Functions

    Oversees the management of the STEM Building laboratories. Performs technical and administrative tasks in a large interdisciplinary research and learning building. 


    Responsibilities include overseeing equipment/instrument maintenance and managing lab safety programs to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations. 


    Monitors, maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment, troubleshoots malfunctions, makes minor repairs, and ensures equipment is in working order. Equipment will be mainly in the STEM Building, but will also include select equipment in Howell Hall and its Lab Annex. Equipment will include genetic analyzers, fume hoods, biological safety hoods, scanning electron microscopes, ultracold freezers, 3D printers, milling machines, human patient simulators, and other routine laboratory equipment.   


    Trains faculty and students in the proper and safe use and care of select equipment, and use of associated software. 


    Oversees maintenance contracts and warranties for College (mainly STEM Building) equipment, and maintains records in official files. 


    Serves as the liaison with technical support for College (mainly STEM Building) lab equipment, e.g. quotes, repairs/service. 


    Inventories and maintains stocks of parts and supplies for equipment, as needed.  


    Serves as the building captain for the STEM Building. 


    Works with UCO Environmental Health & Safety, the Fire Marshal, and Facilities Management to ensure a safe teaching and research environment in the STEM Building. 


    Serves as the STEM Building lab safety and chemical hygiene officer; ensures compliance with University, College, and Department safety regulations. 


    Works with STEM Building laboratory personnel to maintain chemical inventories. 


    Responds to and reports safety issues in the STEM Building such as chemical spills.


    Oversees chemical and biological waste disposal for the STEM Building.


    Acts as the liaison between the STEM Building and the College of Mathematics & Science Dean’s Office. 


    Oversees the use of the core facilities in the STEM Building – the Refrigeration Room, Biomedical Core Facility, Autoclave Room, and Dark Room. 


    Oversees the scheduling of use of shared pieces of equipment/instruments in the Autoclave Room, Biomedical Core Facility, and Dark Room. 


    Receives and distributes deliveries to the STEM Building. 

    Transports materials to other buildings, when needed. 


    Oversees swipe card access to STEM Building laboratories and other research areas. 


    Performs other duties as assigned. 

    Qualifications/Experience Required

    Requires a university degree in related field plus 6+ years of relevant experience or 10+ years of equivalent work experience that provides knowledge of and exposure to fundamental theories, principles, and concepts.  Requires the application of expertise in a chosen field to achieve results.

    Qualifications/Experience Preferred

    Bachelor’s degree or higher in electronics, engineering, biology, or chemistry. 

    6+ yrs. of relevant experience, including experience in the repair and maintenance of optical, mechanical, electrical, and/or electronic instruments. 

    Master’s degree in electronics, engineering, biology, or chemistry is preferred. 


    Computer skills (spreadsheets, real-time data acquisition devices, word processing, etc.) as related to position requirements. 


    Ability to learn software associated with equipment. 

    Mechanical aptitude. 


    Ability to plan and prioritize tasks, including maintenance and repair tasks. 


    Ability to pay attention to detail, keep organized, and multitask. 


    Ability to read and follow instructions from user or service manuals in order to troubleshoot. 


    Aptitude to keep pace with changing technology. 


    Familiarity with use of appropriate supplies, tools, and equipment. 


    Ability to work with college and university IT staff to diagnose and troubleshoot computer-instrument interface issues. 


    Ability to stay current in training in laboratory safety and waste disposal, and to

    understand and resolve safety issues. 


    Ability to work independently as well as within a team-oriented setting. 


    Ability to interact professionally with faculty, staff, and students. 


    Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. 


    Ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the university with tact and diplomacy. 


    Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 


    Physical Demands

    Repetitive movement of hands and fingers - typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


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