Director of Biological Sciences Laboratory - 2100314
Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume): Bachelor's degree (foreign equivalent or higher). Two (2) years of full-time experience supporting laboratory and scientific research operations. Experience with the operation and maintenance of scientific equipment and technology.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced Degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in a Biological Sciences or laboratory-related field. Experience establishing and maintaining biosafety and compliance operations. Experience in the acquisition and installation of major scientific equipment. Experience in writing, participation, and submission of applications for internal and external funding to improve centralized equipment and facilities. Experience managing a research laboratory. Experience with various scientific instruments, including centrifuges, incubators, film processors and imaging equipment.
Brief Description of Duties: The Director of Biological Sciences Laboratories is responsible for supervising and overseeing all departmental laboratories and shared equipment rooms in the Life Sciences and CMM Buildings. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining a safe and efficient operation of all departmental facilities, equipment, and renovations as well as for assisting new faculty in setting up their laboratories. The Director of Biological Sciences Laboratories is also responsible for coordinating and communicating departmental facility-related activities with the other departments and centers located within the Life Sciences and CMM buildings. The successful incumbent will have excellent interpersonal, reporting, writing, and strong organizational skills with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the ability to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving. The director of the Biological Sciences lab will have experience following the specific instructions and protocols of the lab. Ability to communicate these specific instructions and protocols to employees is essential.
Acquisition, Maintenance and Coordination of Department Equipment:
Research and initiate the acquisition and installation of new equipment based on the department's needs.
Maintain and renew department equipment and related service contracts, including for autoclaves, ultracentrifuges, flow cytometers, environmental chambers, etc. to ensure that departmental equipment is operating efficiently and safely. Coordinate department repairs/calibrations with building and campus facilities, as well as outside vendors.
Monitor usage of shared departmental equipment and prepare requests for support from outside departments and users as needed.
Advise the Department Chair on replacement and upgrading of equipment and establish appropriate procedures related to the use of equipment.
Supervise that critical supplies and components are kept in stock regarding the smooth operation of equipment necessary for the continuation of research projects.
Coordinate equipment audits. Monitor property control documentation. Coordinate the removal of surplus equipment and other laboratory and office items with Property Control and EH&S.
Participate in the writing and submission of applications for internal and external funding to improve centralized equipment and facilities.
Management of Laboratory Space:
Assist the Chair in planning for the most effective utilization of laboratory space and the actual space assignments. Coordinate and assist with the moving of laboratories and the design and supervision of renovation projects in coordination with University departments and vendors.
Assist new faculty with set up of their laboratory and office space.
Assist the Chair in the development of recommendations for laboratory improvements.
Prepare reports and studies for University space utilization surveys concerning planned space allocations based on lab staffing, equipment and security concerns.
Serve on University space committees and work closely with building management, facilities engineering, and outside construction companies to coordinate and facilitate projects.
Serve as Departmental liaison for Facilities, Building Operations, Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC), maintenance, and requests for repairs and renovations.
Laboratory and Compliance Safety:
The Director of Biological Sciences Laboratory will function as the primary Laboratory Safety Coordinator and as such, will have the overall responsibility to coordinate chemical, biological and radiation regulatory compliance efforts based on Environmental Health and safety protocols. The incumbent will keep faculty informed of changes in local, state, and federal regulations governing the handling and disposal of biological, chemical and radioactive materials. Serve as the Department radiological safety officer to promote compliance with the University's radiation safety program.
Monitor access and perform inspections to ensure adherence to lab standard operating procedures and requirements.
Participate in the development of departmental policies and procedures with respect to technical facilities, equipment and physical facilities.
Serve as liaison for fire safety inspections. Responsible for documenting and coordinating corrections for any violations according to code. Serve as Department Fire Safety Warden and attend Safety workshops and training as needed.
Train faculty, lab personnel and graduate students in the safe operation of equipment.
When necessary, attend safety training and courses given by EH&S and participate in University Laboratory Safety committees and workgroups to recommend improvements and modifications to laboratory safety procedures.
Conduct periodic inspections to determine any conditions which require corrective action, repair, and maintenance.
Repair and maintain the central CO2 service for all the departmental incubators. Repair and maintain the departmental distilled water stills.
Supervise the department darkrooms. Monitor use of the X-ray film processor and oversee and renew its service contract.
Maintain and monitor departmental emergency -80deg freezers. Relay any warnings and inform appropriate faculty.
Responsible for small repairs, minor renovations and maintenance of laboratory equipment and office related items. Assist faculty with minor repairs and equipment needs.
Computer and IT Support:
Maintain departmental computers, printers and other accessory devices, working closely with Telecommunications and Information Technology (DoIT).
Assist with setting up computers and data projection in conference rooms for lectures, teaching and seminar purposes.
Coordinate the installation of telephones and internet access for department personnel.
Responsible for timely and accurate submission of requests for building card access and keys for laboratory and office spaces for all department faculty, staff and students. Maintain a database of keys distributed and access granted.
Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.
Special Notes: This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.
Essential Position: This has been designated as an essential position based on the duties of the job and the functions performed. Positions that are designated as such are required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled, and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.
Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.
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Official Job Title: Director of Biological Sciences Laboratory
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Microbiology and Immunology-Stony Brook University
Schedule : Full-time Shift : Day Shift Shift Hours : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Posting Start Date: Feb 17, 2021
Posting End Date: Mar 20, 2021, 3:59:00 AM
Salary: $90,000 - $102,000 plus $3,026 location pay
Salary Grade: SL5
Appointment Type: Term
Internal Number: 2100314
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