Utah State University

Lab Manager

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(5/13/2020 5:44 PM)
Requisition ID
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Manages the personnel and operation of the laboratory animal core within the Institute for Antiviral Research (IAR). Oversee the daily operations, management, and staffing of animal work. Ensures the smooth and efficient functioning of the animal facilities and associated laboratories (BSL2, BSL3 and Select Agent), and the safe use of equipment and facilities.


The Lab Manager reports to a faculty member or Director of IAR and trains and guides students, and full- and part-time employees, in regards to animal care and experimentation.

  • Oversees and manages personnel in the day-to-day technical, educational and research support activities conducted in the laboratory.
  • Supervises the lab animal research core technician group. Evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions. Resolves problems as they arise.
  • Conducts weekly lab meetings to coordinate scheduling, work allocation, training and problem resolution.
  • Handles the hiring paperwork of new hourly, part-time student employees.
  • Responsible for the training and enforcement of safety and Select Agent security standards.
  • Conducts training on new animal techniques or technologies as needed.
  • Conducts orientation training for students and part-time employees on the proper use of equipment, materials and supplies using established protocols.
  • Performs lab animal experiments according to written protocols, including infections and treatments of laboratory rodents with antiviral drugs and vaccines.
  • Performs necropsies, minor surgeries and various in vitro lab assays.
  • Researches and recommends parts and supplies for the maintenance of the animal facilities and associated laboratories used by the IAR.
  • Performs or supervises routine and preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment; ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment, materials and supplies; performs periodic safety checks.
  • Investigates emerging technologies and makes recommendations for implementation.
  • Maintains policies regarding safe use of the animal facilities and equipment.
  • Maintains accurate records and databases.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.  


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three years of laboratory research experience, 1 year of supervisory experience, and Bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, organization, leadership and teamwork skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research with laboratory animal research experience and working in biosafety containment level BSL3 or above.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:

  • Ability to lead, manage, and inspire people.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Ability to analyze complex information, and to define and solve problems.
  • Skilled in examining and adjusting operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop appropriate safety policies.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures specified by equipment/supply manufacturers.
  • Ability to evaluates cost of supplies and develop cost-effective measures.
  • Ability to perform routine calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Three References to be submitted at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile

3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


This position requires moderate physical activity, including the handling of average weight objects up to 25 pounds and/or standing or walking more than four hours per day.  Employees are exposed to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.  The work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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