Mary Baldwin University seeks a full time  laboratory manager and chemical safety officer for Pearce Science Center to begin July 1, 2021. This is a 12-month position. It will provide important support to the University’s academic program in natural sciences, its faculty, and undergraduate students. The lab manager/chemical safety officer works with administration, faculty, staff, and students as part of a team effort to ensure the efficient, safe, and economical functioning of the University’s undergraduate teaching and research labs as well as compliance with regulations for hazard waste management across the Staunton campus.

Primary responsibilities of the position include the following

  • Lab Preparation and Management

Oversight of daily operations including preparation and clean-up for laboratory sections of biology primarily but potentially support for chemistry, physics, and psychology classes as well if needed; oversight of non-custodial organization and maintenance.

  • Student Employment Supervision for Pearce Science Center

Training, supervision, record keeping, and verification of student workers; collaboration with faculty to ensure correct and safe set up and clean up of labs by student workers; and assignment of student workers to different departmental lab classes.

  • Chemical Safety Management

Compliance with MBU Chemical Management Plan; conducting routine lab and safety inspections; maintaining chemical storage, chemical inventory, and updated Safety Data Sheets; coordinating the disposal of hazardous waste in accordance with state and federal regulations; and maintenance of all records concerning chemical management and safety. Additional duties include working campus-wide on safety, membership on the CARE Committee, and ensuring compliance with inspection requirements.

  • Support for summer research

Lab preparation and management, oversight of student lab workers, ordering of materials, technical and some clerical support for faculty and students engaged in externally funded summer research projects.

  • Equipment and Material Acquisition and Handling
  • Coordination of Equipment and Facilities Maintenance and Repair

 Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related scientific field.
  • At least three years of experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully supervise undergraduate students.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task.
  • Commitment to the development of undergraduates in science.


To apply please send a letter of interest, resumé, and the names of three professional references to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Applications received by May 10th, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Mary Baldwin University is an intentionally diverse educational community, with a vibrant population of over 1900 undergraduate and graduate students in its residential and online programs. More than fifty percent of MBU’s residential undergraduates are students of color and the University aspires to develop a faculty and staff that reflect its demographic. The University places a high priority on the cultivation of a community in which all students are both seen and heard. We seek and encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education and with academic experience with diverse student bodies. Above all, Mary Baldwin seeks candidates eager to embrace and empower an ethic of equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Mary Baldwin University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender (*see exceptions for admission to programs within the College for Women), nor does the university discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, religion, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in its educational programs, admissions, co-curricular or other activities, or employment practices. Inquiries may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, 540-887-7367, Student Activities Center 312, Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Virginia 24401. *Exceptions within the College for Women: Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. (November 2017)

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