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Laboratory Supervisor Duties

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This is responsible, professional, supervisory, and technical work in the administration of a production laboratory facility in a major unit, school, or college.

Work involves planning and supervising the daily operation of a production laboratory to insure that schedules are maintained and deadlines are met. Work involves compiling data and insuring the smooth flow of work to most effectively utilize the facility. Work also involves counseling employees with regard to problems encountered and employee orientation as to individual responsibilities and the function of the facility. Work is performed with considerable independence under the general direction of an administrative superior. Work is reviewed through observation of results obtained and discussions with superiors.


Supervises the day to day operation of the laboratory to insure the smooth flow of samples.

Assumes technical responsibilities including operating various laboratory and office equipment as necessary in an overload situation or in order to insure production schedules are met.

Makes personnel shifts when necessary to accommodate fluctuating work loads.

Counsels employees with regard to problems encountered in daily operations.

Checks and transfers data as necessary and takes steps to correct possibly inaccurate data prior to continued processing.

Conducts planned and/or spontaneous tours of the facility.

Maintains telephone communication with various agencies and individuals concerning status of samples.

Orients employees as to their responsibilities and the function of the facility.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school or equivalent, supplemented by training from a vocational-technical school or two years of college in the science field; prior experience or training in a supervisory capacity; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, and techniques used in laboratory work.

Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, biology, bacteriology, histology, or parasitology.

Considerable knowledge of the use of laboratory apparatus and equipment.

Ability to organize, communicate, teach, and work with others in an effective manner.

Ability to supervise and schedule the work of others.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.



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