Manager of Laboratory Instruction

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts (US)
Commensurate with experience
November 26 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Lab Manager

Manager of Laboratory Instruction

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Massachusetts Amherst


The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking a Manager of Laboratory Instruction. 


Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate and support BMB department laboratory courses, including development and troubleshooting of laboratory exercises in collaboration with lead laboratory instructors, producing laboratory manuals and instructor preparation materials, overseeing the preparation and set-up for laboratory exercises, assuming an instructional role in the classroom as needed, and developing new technical skills in response to curricular needs.
  • Assist with and coordinate Course-based Undergraduate Research (CURE) projects with faculty, including developing guidelines and protocols to adapt research projects for teams of students in laboratory classes, providing scientific and technical expertise for course-based student independent projects, as well as consulting on reagents and supplies and helping students and teaching assistants (TAs) as they perform experiments, analyze data and troubleshoot.
  • Assume primary responsibility for laboratory supplies and reagents including overseeing the ordering and preparation of supplies, solutions, and reagents for laboratory exercise, maintaining the BMB teaching laboratory supply, chemical inventory, and equipment lists, communicating with department head about the status and needs of the BMB teaching lab.
  • Assume primary responsibility for lab safety and proper handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals and waste, including staying informed about current federal, state and Environmental Health and Safety guidelines for safe laboratory procedures and ensuring that the BMB teaching laboratories and all personnel in them comply with safety guidelines.
  • Manage BMB department teaching laboratory space, including familiarizing faculty and teaching assistants with the available facilities (laboratory rooms, equipment, etc.), managing distribution and rearrangement of equipment as needed to meet course requirements each semester, overseeing maintenance and repair of equipment and purchase of new equipment, overseeing maintenance of other lab infrastructure, and coordinating the use, repair and maintenance of computer software and systems.
  • Coordinate participation of faculty and teaching assistants, supervise graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants and technical staff supporting the teaching laboratories, including , including consulting on the efficient use of teaching laboratory space, equipment, and other resources, training teaching assistants on procedures and instrumentation; overseeing teaching assistants in preparation, set-up and take-down of laboratory exercises, coordinating schedules for preparatory and maintenance duties.

Other Functions:

  • Represent the BMB department on and off campus with regard to laboratory instruction infrastructure including coordinating the use of instructional spaces and equipment shared with other departments, coordinating public relations projects, tours or use of lab space by non-BMB groups when requested by the department head, and serving as BMB department representative on matters concerning space usage in the Integrated Sciences Building or any other instructional laboratory space the BMB department may use when requested by the department head.
  • Obtain and maintain up-to-date certification in Right to Know (Hazardous Materials in the Workplace), Hazardous Waste Management, and Laboratory Safety, Conflict of Interest Law Online Training Program, and SPIRE training.
  • Demonstrate capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet department, executive area/division, and university goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or closely related field plus 2-years of experience performing molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and microscopy techniques; skilled at sterile technique.
  • Experience with laboratory instruments including microscopes, balances, pH meters, electrophoresis equipment, centrifuges, etc.
  • Knowledge of chemistry required to prepare solutions and reagents.
  • Ability to collaborate with others, to identify and achieve shared goals. Ability to work with a large, culturally diverse faculty and undergraduate population.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks and set priorities for action, in a fast-paced teaching environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral/Terminal degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field plus 2-years experience performing molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and microscopy techniques; skilled at sterile technique.
  • Ability to organize and troubleshoot scientific procedures for the operation of laboratory exercises.
  • Skilled at writing and editing instructions for laboratory experiments and experiment preparation.
  • At least one year experience in mentoring students in the laboratory or managing employees.
  • At least one year of experience in classroom instruction.

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Required to work some evenings and weekends.

Salary Information:

Professional Staff Salary Administration Program Position Level 27

For salary range, please see:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to: 

Apply by January 7, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.