Utah State University

Lab Manager

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(12/24/2021 5:14 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
College of Science
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Geosciences at Utah State University seeks a Laboratory Manager to oversee existing analytical laboratories that support our research and teaching missions. This is a full-time, 12-month, hard-money, benefited, non-tenure track appointment. The primary duties include operating and maintaining the light stable isotope laboratory and the ICP-MS laboratory, which are overseen by PIs Dennis Newell and Donald Penman, respectively. The stable isotope laboratory houses a Thermo Scientific Delta V Advantage IRMS with peripheries including a ConFlo IV, Gasbench II, Thermo Scientific TC/EA, and a Costech ECS 4010 Elemental Analyzer. The ICP-MS lab houses a new Agilent 8900 Triple Quadrupole ICP mass spectrometer. These facilities are directly supported by two geochemical lab spaces with fume hoods, analytical balances, ovens, and associated glassware for wet chemistry and general sample preparation. Depending on the applicant’s interest and qualification, opportunities exist to pursue independent research and extramural funding.


Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled. 


For more information, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Dennis Newell at dennis.newell@usu.edu


The Department of Geosciences is especially interested in candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments. USU is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Under-represented minorities, women, veterans, and candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 



  1. Day-to-day operation and oversight of geochemical instrumentation to ensure optimal working condition - including sample analyses, maintenance, troubleshooting, and interfacing with manufacturer support as needed
  2. Development of analytic methods and preparation of written laboratory procedures.
  3. Data processing/calibration, and assisting PIs with data reporting to users
  4. Data quality tracking, data storage and back-up, compiling information for invoices
  5. Maintain inventory of consumable supplies and parts, such as compressed gases
  6. Assist and train students, faculty, and visitors in instrument operation.
  7. Serve as department Safety Officer and ensure that laboratories are operated in a safe fashion and following University guidelines



Minimum Qualifications:

  1. BS in geology, geochemistry, chemistry, or related discipline plus 2 years of experience
  2. Experience with the operation and maintenance of mass spectrometers.
  3. Good oral and written communication skills, and basic computer skills (instrumentation software, Microsoft Excel, etc.).
  4. Good data management skills, including data organization and quality assurance.
  5. Proficiency (or willingness to become trained to this standard) with chemical handling and safety, waste management, laboratory safety procedures, and complete USU laboratory training certifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. M.S. or Ph.D. in geology, geochemistry, chemistry, or related discipline.
  2. Prior experience with laboratory management.
  3. Prior experience developing laboratory procedures and training laboratory users.
  4. Experience with geochemical analysis of geological materials.
  5. Experience and expertise in the operation isotope ratio mass spectrometers and associated peripheral devices.
  6. Experience and expertise in ICP-MS.
  7. Experience and expertise in laser-ablation techniques.

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. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of the application

3. List names and contact information of three individuals who are qualified to evaluate your technical and managerial skills


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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Department of Geosciences is a vibrant, rigorous solid-Earth science program with 16 faculty, three Instructors, and research support staff as well as postdoctoral researchers and visiting scientists (https://geo.usu.edu/). Other research facilities include a microscopy laboratory with a new state-of-the-art Raman spectrometer, a field-emission scanning electron microscope, the USU Luminescence Lab, and our X-ray lab. Information about the Department of Geosciences is available at: geo.usu.edu. 

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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 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 114 undergraduate majors, 132 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.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


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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