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Laboratory Professional

Company: University of Georgia
Location: Athens
Posted on: June 1, 2024

Job Description:

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number

Working Title
Laboratory Professional

VPR-Marine Institute

About the University of Georgia
Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department
The UGA Marine Institute (UGAMI) is a world-renowned field destination that supports research and education in coastal ecosystems. The Marine Institute is located on Sapelo Island, GA, accessible only via ferry.

College/Unit/Department website

Posting Type

Retirement Plan

Employment Type

Benefits Eligibility
Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time
Full Time

Work Schedule

Additional Schedule Information
Typical M-F 8:30-5:00pm with occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.

Advertised Salary
$45,000-$55,000, depending on education & experience

Posting Date

Open until filled

Closing Date

Proposed Starting Date

Special Instructions to Applicants
The Marine Institute is located on Sapelo Island, on the GA coast, and is accessible only by ferry. This position will occasionally require nights and weekends. Please submit all required documents, including 3 references.

Applications received by May 27th will receive full consideration. Preferred start date is July 1st, but will stay open until filled.

Location of Vacancy
Other South Georgia Area

EEO Policy Statement
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

USG Core Values Statement
The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning, as well the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at .

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at .

Position Information

Classification Title
Laboratory Professional AD



Minimum Qualifications
Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications
Prefer advanced degree and relevant experience in Marine Science or related scientific field; a minimum of 3 years experience working in a laboratory; lab instructional experience at the college level; experience operating small boats; ability to work effectively and collaboratively and to communicate clearly and professionally in both oral and written formats.

Position Summary
The person in this position coordinates the laboratory facilities at the UGA Marine Institute (UGAMI) on Sapelo Island. This involves ensuring that the Institute is compliant with all environmental safety requirements, providing for safe and responsible use of laboratory facilities by visiting classes and researchers, assisting with instruction, coordinating asset management, and providing administrative support.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Knowledge of laboratory safety regulations and reporting requirements, including UGA, state and federal regulations for permitting; knowledge of basic laboratory equipment.

Proficiency in standard computer programs. Training in specific laboratory techniques and protocols (Chematix, Artemis-IACUC, Onesource inventory) will be available upon hire if not already obtained.

Physical Demands
Standing or sitting for long periods at a computer or office desk, and moderate lifting (up to 50 lbs). Occasionally working outdoors (on small boats; in the field).

Is driving a responsibility of this position?

Is this a Position of Trust?

Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?

Does this position require a P-Card?

Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?

Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?

Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)

Credit and P-Card policy
Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the .

Background Investigation Policy
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the .


Environmental safety

  • Ensure that UGAMI is compliant with environmental safety regulations, including waste disposal, hazardous material compliance and removal, and radiation safety.
  • Manage and maintain records for collection permits, IACUC permits for animals use, chemical inventory (MSDS and relevant documents) in collaboration with relevant University and State offices.
  • Provide safe and responsible access to laboratory facilities by researchers and classes and ensure compliance with environmental safety and permitting requirements.
  • Coordinate fire and safety inspections and work to address problems.
  • Ensure that UGAMI facilities have appropriate signage and regular safety audits.

    Percentage of time

    Laboratory facilities

    • Ensure that lab facilities are maintained and in good working order. Includes ensuring timely equipment maintenance (and records), ordering and keeping inventory of laboratory supplies.
    • Be accessible to visiting classes and researchers and work to understand their needs and ensure they have access to lab space and UGAMI equipment and supplies, as appropriate.
    • Consult with and advise users concerning plan for safe equipment usage and provide training as needed.

      Percentage of time

      Instructional and research support

      • Work to develop and prepare teaching labs for residential courses. This includes ensuring that necessary laboratory and field equipment is available, assisting with lab set up and take down, and assisting with lab instruction.
      • Provide field support (field logistics, R/V Spartina, M.T. Price) if needed.
      • Provide staff support for experimental facilities. This may include assisting to maintain greenhouse or mesocosm facilities, as appropriate.

        Percentage of time

        Asset management

        • Maintain property control records.
        • Conduct annual physical inventory.
        • Arrange for property transfers and surplus in conjunction with facilities staff (including vehicles).
        • Assist with insurance claims.

          Percentage of time

          Administrative support

          • Review research requests.
          • Track laboratory users for billing.
          • Participate in management group.
          • Order lab supplies.
          • Other duties as necessary.

            Percentage of time

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