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$53,600 - $68,100 /year
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8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#113603 Instructional Lab Operations Manager

Extended Deadline: Mon 1/31/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/21/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/31/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until position is filled.


This is a non-research related position. Under supervision of the Division's Instructional Lab Program Academic Coordinator, the Instructional Lab Operations Manager provides administrative, technical, and managerial expertise to the Biology Instructional Labs (10-12 courses/quarter, 2,000 students/quarter and Summer Sessions I & II).

Responsibilities include: managing and supervising instructional lab staff research associates; inventory, and maintenance of equipment for all instructional labs; purchase supplies for all instructional labs; partnering with faculty to implement curricular enhancement; recommending design and modifications of lab facilities; participating in the forecasting, estimating, reporting, and monitoring budgets for lab classes of approximately $350,000 annually; leading the lab in strategic planning, improving operational efficiency, and developing long and short term goals; documenting lab protocols and improving data management; and ensuring compliance with safety regulation. Partner with Instructional Lab Course Manager to provide technical oversight for Divisional Instructional Labs. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in either general biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology or a related field. Two (2) years of relevant lab experience or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.

  • Focus of knowledge and skills dependent on area of specialty (laboratory research or instructional / experimental design). Deep and broad knowledge in highly specialized fields and techniques of modern biology that encompass all curricular areas of focus, including microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, ecology, and physiology.

  • Knowledge of necessary lab safety procedures and requirements, as well as chemical disposal guidelines. Knowledge of lab environmental, health, and safety regulations and familiarity with campus safety procedures.

  • Knowledge/understanding and at least some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Solid leadership skills associated with planning work assignments, establishing priorities and scheduling instructional space. Experience in managerial, administrative, and supervisory practices and principles; strong and creative organization, analytic and decision-making skills. Ability to develop innovative approaches, techniques and procedures to provide more efficient and responsive services.

  • Solid interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty and staff. Ability to supervise professional staff, fostering innovation, service and accountability, and to give clear instructions and guidelines. Ability to delegate and assign tasks, monitor production and quality of work, set clear and reasonable performance standards, develop staff to their highest potential, and cultivate high staff morale.

  • Advanced knowledge of research discipline or instructional design to collaborate effectively with faculty and function as a resource to research and instructional associates. Ability to represent detailed information, a position, plan of action, and evaluation or interpretation clearly and professionally. Advanced negotiation and decision making skills, with the ability and expertise to articulate, present, clarify, and resolve issues and conflicts and recommend actions for attainable goals.

  • Skill, knowledge, and ability with Windows OS and a variety of standard business software including system and networking software, Microsoft Office suite, email, and a variety of web-based programs, browsers. Knowledge of the campus Link family of applications preferred. Willingness and ability to update and increase skills as needed to meet the goals of the unit and the Division.

  • Strong abilities to conduct and report on scientific experiments and findings. Demonstrated ability to read, comprehend ,and analyze scientific literature and to adapt research techniques for instructional labs.

  • Highly specific knowledge and expertise associated with conducting and reporting on scientific research experiments and findings.

  • Knowledge of a variety of relevant experimental techniques: tissue culture manipulation and maintenance of cell lines; physiological recordings; standard molecular and biochemical techniques such as gel electrophoresis and PRC; and fluorescent microscopes and imaging systems. Ability to demonstrate and train these techniques in an instructional setting.

  • Strong knowledge of a limited variety of specialized laboratory equipment. Advanced experience in the use of lab instruments such as: protein and DNA electrophoresis apparatuses, high-speed and ultra-centrifuges UV and Vis-spectrophotometer, stereo and compact microscopes, colony counter, autoclave, dishwasher, amplifiers, micromanipulators, Willingness and ability to quickly learn new types of equipment whenever new experiments are added. Ability to train technical staff, students, and IAs in the proper use of all lab instruments.

  • Knowledge of data acquisition and analysis techniques.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Must be willing to work with animals.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

  • Evenings and weekends may be required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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