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Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The University of Washington Tacoma is an anchor institution that is deeply invested in its local communities and in student success. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma's commitment to access and diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here.

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences' division of Sciences and Mathematics has an outstanding opportunity for an INSTRUCTIONAL LAB COORDINATOR SUPERVISOR. This position will provide critical support for instructional laboratories in the physical and biological sciences (biology, geology, chemistry, physics,) for the Environmental Sciences major, with primary emphasis on lower division biology and or general chemistry. Duties include: (1) provision of administrative, logistical, and financial support required for operation of the division of Sciences and Mathematics (2) instructional support of science laboratories and independent student projects; (3) general maintenance, upkeep and student and faculty instruction in the use of large-scale and small-scale, modern field and lab equipment (i.e. fume hoods, microscopes, pipettes, sea system, computer software/updates/licenses, plotter, etc.) and laboratory instrumentation; and (4) supervision of Laboratory Coordinators, Laboratory Lead, and Student Lab Assistants

This position is fundamental for the operation of the division of Sciences and Mathematics. Sciences and Mathematics division supports undergraduate education by facilitating teaching labs, and helping with all other services necessary to keep the division running. The position will also facilitate faculty and undergraduate research with the upkeep of the necessary equipment used for research.


Support the Sciences and Mathematics division, which has significantly grown in size in the last 10 years and continues to grow. Support development of new biology, geology, chemistry and physics science labs, with primary emphasis on lower division biology.

  • As part of a team, plan Sciences and Mathematics curriculum and growth

  • Participate in campus and community committees

  • Responsible for instructional lab support

  • Participate in recruitment and outreach activities of Sciences and Mathematics division

  • Set-up equipment and prepare stock solutions for experiments for laboratory and classroom demonstrations and/or supervise students preparation of solutions.

  • Auditor of SAM yearly course schedule

    Develop and operate analytical facilities

  • Assist other staff in management of all modern analytical instruments used in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics labs and field courses.

  • Provide instruction to students, faculty and adjunct instructors working with analytical field equipment and lab instrumentation.

  • Coordinate application for lab certifications

  • Room scheduling for Science Building computer lab (SCI 109)

  • Maintain living specimens and/or supervise staff in maintaining living specimens

    Assist in creation and maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) necessary for certification

  • Coordinate new programs once certification acquired

  • Work independently on specifications for request for purchase for small and large scale equipment.

  • Work with team to create and update Standard Operating Procedures, Preventative Maintenance Routines and service contracts for all major lab and field equipment.

  • Help process paperwork necessary for collection of specimens allowing specialized materials and equipment to be used at UWT

  • Assist in troubleshooting minor equipment issues and work with other staff on major equipment issues.

    Order, receive, store and inventory large and small-scale equipment, supplies, chemicals and materials for instructional and research laboratories.

  • Contact vendors for equipment and supply purchase.

  • Serve as floor warden (part of the University of Washington's building safety program).

  • Help create and maintain structures to simplify ordering and inventorying supplies and equipment

  • Purchase supplies, chemicals, and equipment necessary for the functioning of Sciences and Mathematics division

  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records, logs, and files related to purchases, inventory check-out, budget, and chemical inventories.

    Responsible for chemical inventory system and Lab Safety Manual for instructional labs.

  • Help create SOPs for Student Lab Assistants and Lab Lead in safe practices of chemical use and preparation of chemical solutions

  • Maintain chemical stock room and records regarding the purchase, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

  • Assist staff in yearly laboratory safety walkthroughs conducted by UW Environmental Health and Safety

  • Able to make instant and well thought out decisions regarding lab safety, when safety issues occur.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Oversee/supervise Laboratory Coordinators, Lab Lead, and Student Lab Assistants in preparation of stock solutions for experiments for laboratory and classroom demonstrations.

  • Recruit, hire, train, schedule, and supervise work including regular performance reviews and taking corrective action if necessary of 4-7 Student Lab Assistants and 4 classified positions (1 Lab Lead and 3 Scientific Instructional Technician 2).

  • Keep up organization of lab preparation (i.e. gathering sheet and laminated check off system, weekly meetings and daily check ins, maintain weekly and quarterly chore charts for student lab assistants, etc.)


  • A Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, geosciences, environmental science or closely related field AND three or more years of increasingly responsible oversight of science laboratories to include supervisory or lead experience.

  • Knowledge and experience in laboratory hazardous waste management. Skill and experience with operation and maintenance of analytical instrumentation used in chemistry, biology, geosciences, and physics.

  • Proficiency in word processing and data management.

  • Ability to lead and provide logistical support for lab and field exercises.

  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and as a supervisor that is flexible and proactive.

  • Experience multi-tasking and prioritize work tasks.

  • Ability to work well with a diverse array of faculty, staff, and students.

  • Ability to make independent decisions regarding lab needs, safety issues, and equipment and systems that are in their charge.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • A Master's in chemistry, biology, geoscience, or environmental science.

  • Experience in an academic laboratory science program.

  • Field experience.


  • Requires flexible hours-possibly some nights or weekend work

    Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or


    Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

Keywords: University of Washington, Seattle , INSTRUCTIONAL LAB COORDINATOR SUPERVISOR, Healthcare , Seattle, Washington

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