Lab Supervisor - Pharmaceutical Sciences

St. John's University


Date: Sep 23, 2022
City: Queens, NY
Contract type: Full time
St. John's University
Lab Supervisor - Pharmaceutical Sciences Tracking Code 218943-951 Job Description

St. John’s established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University’s outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John’s University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.

A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.

Title: Laboratory Supervisor

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences College of Pharmacy and Health Science

Position Function: The Lab Supervisor reports directly to the PHS Department Lab Director to achieve the strategic priorities of the Department and the University. The position requires interacting with Assistant Director of Laboratories, lab supervisors, lab technician and graduate instructors with limited interaction with students, faculty and university staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Safety Responsibilities
  • Maintain Certificate of Fitness
  • Maintain compliance with the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Environmental Protective Agency, NYC Fire Department and Animal Users in Teaching Laboratory regulations and guidelines.
  • Weekly inspect and maintain documentation of all lab satellite station areas.
  • Ensure that laboratory safety equipment is in working order and personal protective equipment is available to teaching fellows, assistants, students and visitors.
  • Train and supervise graduate instructors (teaching fellows and assistants) in meeting University lab safety requirements.
  • Review teaching material and address hazards in all teaching lab meetings.
  • Routinely supervise all teaching labs to enforce safe work practices.
  • Manage chemical storage areas for PHS, PHR, Pharmaceutics and Compounding Labs and any other labs offered by the department.
  • Monitor daily and enforce proper hazardous waste disposal.
  • Ensure graduate instructors comply to Lab safety and policies and procedures.
  • Update Safety Data Sheet files as needed.
  • Attend to injured or ill students until emergency personnel arrives and report to Lab Director.
Supervising PHS Graduate Instructors (Teaching Fellows and Graduate assistants)
  • Supervise, train and monitor graduate instructors in assigned Lab courses in use of equipment and lab supplies.
  • Schedule and organize graduate instructors for Lab preps, Lab review, Lab meet and other assigned Lab course activities.
  • Prepare lists of Tasks and protocols to assist graduate instructors in the Lab sessions and Lab activities.
  • Communicate changes/updates made by Lab Director to the instructors.
  • Participate and attend lab meetings and other training activities.
  • Assist in testing and troubleshooting lab activities to ensure Lab runs smoothly.
  • Supervise and evaluate graduate instructor performance and participate in the development and promotion process.
Teaching Lab Responsibilities
  • Assist Lab Director with reviewing and updating teaching lab materials for lab activities and the Learning Management system.
  • Oversee the implementation of protocols and procedures.
  • Supervise and participate in weekly class lab meetings for assigned courses.
  • Prepare and assign graduate instructor tasks for Lab preps, Lab meetings and college events.
  • Allocate and provide equipment, computer devices, chemicals and stationery supplies for assigned Lab activities.
  • Perform preventive maintenance, minor repairs of equipment and computer devices.
  • Maintain inventory lists of equipment, computer devices, chemicals and supplies.
  • Inventory and monitor the use of controlled substance chemicals used in the labs.
  • Train, supervise and ensure all animal protocols are followed during teaching Lab activities.
  • Collaborate with the Lab Director to maintain and improve teaching lab rooms and spaces.
  • Work with Lab Director to provide accommodation to students as per protocols
  • Proctor and monitor Lab quizzes and exams as needed and assist with exam reviews.
Ordering and Maintaining Supplies
  • Maintain and update the list of Lab chemicals, equipment and supplies for assigned Lab courses.
  • Maintain records, organize, and store lab materials including chemicals, preserved animals, solutions, reagents, and equipment for purchased and bulk.
  • Determine ordering needs and create in list of materials for purchase and preparation as required for semester lab courses.
  • Conduct a weekly physical inventory of flammables, acid, base, and other corrosive chemicals.
  • Conduct a physical inventory each semester of all chemicals, drugs, hypodermic needles, computer devices, equipment and supplies.
  • Oversee and maintain non-transplant human specimen as per the SOPs.
Laboratory Maintenance
  • Work with Classroom Support and IT to ensure and set-up classroom digital technology.
  • Maintain and update device software and access.
  • Work with facilities in the maintenance of Lab rooms and resolve issues.
Potential Undergraduate Student Responsibilities
  • Assist Lab technician in receiving and storing Lab materials and maintenance of equipment such as stills, deionizers
  • Monitor, Report student incidents to Lab Director
Requirements, skills, experience
  • A Bachelor in Science or a Master in Science (preferred);
  • 3-5 years of related experience preferred but not required;
  • Good computer skills with proficiency in Excel, Word, Outlook and with training perform database entries in the PHSLABS databases and LMS (Canvas);
  • Ability to interact professionally with diverse group of students, faculty and support staff;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Motivated, focused approach, proactive;
  • Manage, supervise and monitor a diverse group of instructors for undergraduate teaching labs;
  • Work effectively as a team member and participate in improving the lab organization and activities;
  • Be able to follow experimental protocols and test run lab experiments for undergraduate lab activities;
  • Conducive to a flexible schedule to support lab activities and class schedules;
  • Attend professional development functions when required;
  • Assist lab director with protocols, lab activities, communication and resolving conflicts.
All persons hired are required to be vaccinated and boosted against the COVID-19 virus, subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of applicable law.

This position may be relocated to any of St. John’s University’s physical locations at any time

St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.

Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.

St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Job Location Queens, New York, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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