Laboratory Manager

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Technicians & Research Assists

Job Category:
Non Union Research/Technical

Classification Title:
Research Asst/Tech 4

Business Title:
Laboratory Manager

Faculty of Medicine

Biomed Engineering, School of

Salary Range:
$51,549.00 (minimum) - $56,049.00 (midpoint) - $60,550.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:


Desired Start Date:

Funding Type:
Budget Funded

Closing Date:

Available Openings:

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) was established as a strategic partnership between the Faculties of Applied Science and Medicine in 2017. It acts as a nucleus for education and training, research, and innovation in biomedical engineering, creates new knowledge, new academic and training programs, and fosters translation and innovation, aspiring to be a global leader in the field. Currently the School is responsible for 25+ faculty, 100+ undergraduate students, 100+ graduate students and 15+ staff.

The Laboratory Manager is responsible for overseeing the School's undergraduate teaching laboratory space, which hosts more than five courses per year and growing. The labs offered are quite diverse and span the following range of biomedical engineering topics, including biomechanics, biomedical imaging, cellular bioengineering, and informatics. General responsibilities include overseeing lab operations, procurement of supplies and equipment, maintenance and calibration of equipment, stocking supplies, safety oversight and training, disposal of waste, sourcing and building relationships with other departments on campus that have relevant laboratory and maker spaces, and preparation of standard operating procedures.

Organizational Status

The Teaching Laboratory Manager is independently responsible for the efficient operation of the array of undergraduate laboratories within the School. This individual will interact with faculty members and teaching assistants leading the lab courses. This position reports to the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations and the Director of the Undergraduate Program. Lab space may be distributed in more than one building on campus.

Work Performed

1. Oversees the daily operations of the laboratory space, including monitoring, ordering and maintaining an inventory of supplies and equipment, monitoring operating expenses to ensure that they are within the current operating budget, and ensuring compliance with UBC safety guidelines.
2. Develops and implements laboratory policies, operating procedures and workflow improvement initiatives. This includes best practices for student and worker health and chemical safety, security and privacy in a laboratory environment.
3. Develops and writes new instruction manuals, SOPs, and safety protocols for research laboratories, in consultation with users.
4. Manages relationships with stakeholders both internal and external to the School as required.
5. Ensures proper set up of materials to be used in each lab session and subsequent clean up and removal.
6. Trains and supervises students in the laboratory to ensure understanding of and compliance with safety practices and procedures.
7. Maintains all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and equipment manuals.
8. Ensures adherence to Risk Management Services (RMS) guidelines by monitoring and safely disposing of hazardous wastes.
9. Monitors laboratory expenses, ordering, reimburses and reconciles expenses, prepares and forecasts laboratory budget.
10. Carries out any other related duties as necessary.

Supervision Received

Reports directly to the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations and has a dotted line report to the Director of Undergraduate Program. Must be highly self-directed; takes initiative; and works independently under general direction.

Supervision Given

This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities. May have input into hiring decisions and supervise Work Learn students for short periods.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Poor decisions and errors in judgement could result in delays in instruction, result in financial loss and damage the reputation of the School of Biomedical Engineering and the University of British Columbia. In addition, potential errors in carrying out the responsibilities of this position could lead to unsafe laboratory conditions, which will jeopardize the health and safety of hundreds of students, teaching assistants, and faculty. Working below the UBC's academic standard of excellence could potentially damage curriculum integrity and jeopardize the learning outcomes of UBC undergraduate students. The consequence could lead to ineffective and inappropriate prerequisite information for students.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Degree in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemical engineering, biomedical engineering, or similar is considered an asset, or an acceptable combination of education and experience. Minimum of 4 years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. At least 4 years program management experience in an academic laboratory setting. Experience in working in a wet lab setting preferred. Experience with cell culture and BSC also preferred. Knowledge of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is an asset. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and intercultural skills required. Ability to exercise initiative, judgment, tact and diplomacy. Ability to multitask and meet deadlines. Excellent coordination skills. Knowledge of curriculum and instructional design and techniques an asset. Ability to work independently and in a busy team environment.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.