Lab Manager (Chemistry, Geoscience and Physics)


The Lab Manager is responsible for the operation of the Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics Department laboratories at Edgewood College, including managing the budget, purchasing, maintaining inventories, supervising lab assistants, and overseeing laboratory safety. The Lab Manager reports to the chairperson of the Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics Department.


  • Oversees laboratory and classroom demonstration preparations
  • Hire, train, supervise, and mentor student lab assistants
  • Manage departmental budget, submit invoices, etc.
  • Maintain chemical and equipment inventories
  • Maintain equipment and instrumentation for use in laboratories
  • Facilitate purchasing new equipment and all supplies
  • Collaborate with facilities and environmental health and safety for maintenance of fume hoods, air handling systems, de-ionized water and other building operations
  • Serve as Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) for Edgewood College
  • Serve as Chairperson of the Lab Safety Committee
  • Ensure a safe laboratory setting for laboratory courses
  • Manage hazardous waste generated by labs
  • Reviews undergraduate research proposals
  • Coordinate sharing of laboratory resources between the College, High School and Campus School
  • Participate in continuing education applicable to laboratory safety and other responsibilities
  • Oversee laboratory equipment, preparation, and stockroom operations and personnel
  • Manage department budget and purchases
  • Maintain laboratory safety


Necessary Education or Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Relevant laboratory experience (minimum 5 years)
  • CHO (NRCC) certification or eligible to take the exam

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Laboratory safety as required by the OSHA Laboratory Standard
  • Ability to train and supervise student lab assistants
  • Proper handling and storage of hazardous chemicals and waste
  • Use and maintenance of laboratory equipment and instrumentation
  • Ability to shift priorities and work with frequent interruptions

Specialized Technology Skills:

  • Overall proficient skill-level in Microsoft Office, which includes: Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook
  • Knowledge of SharePoint and Blackboard is a plus
  • Willingness and ability to learn new software

Other Qualifications:

Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply:  Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Edgewood College
Human Resources – LMCG
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Equal Opportunity Employer