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This is the sixth in a series of six titles for positions involving the performance and management of positions in a scientific laboratory. The Laboratory family series is identified by a predominant amount of time spent on bench work. These typical duties include running laboratory protocols, data collection and recording (performing sample analysis for external clients, maintaining laboratory equipment, calibrating laboratory instruments), data management, data analysis and /or assist with student labs in a "production" lab environment.

Laboratory Technician positions are not connected to specific research and do not require interpretation of results. Therefore, Laboratory Technician II and Laboratory Technician III are distinct and separate titles compared to Research Technician II and Research Technician III.

The Laboratory Manager II interprets results, adjusts procedures if needed, assists with the technical design of projects, and supervises students and staff. This position does not manage a research project.


Manage division production laboratory and budget.

Determine priority of sample analyses.

Ensure reliability and accuracy of results/reports.

Conduct tours and instruct students.

Maintain statistics; assure proper inventory; write SOP's; resolve client issues; confer with faculty (or director) to set pricing and review contracts to determine pricing; attend to building and equipment repair; participate in seminars; prepare newsletters.

May write papers for publication in journals.

Responsible for HazMat, radioisotopes and other health and safety requirements.


Bachelors degree and 6 years experience or equivalent combination required. Specialty certification may be required. Masters degree preferred

Area-specific certification (i.e.; SCUBA) and training may be required. Other training will be provided as appropriate (i.e.; UGA HazMat training and/or Radiation Worker Certification).

Must have excellent ability to manage personnel and workflow, maintain equipment and facilities.

Must ensure effective communications with clientele.



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