Montana State University Lab Manager in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 19155

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Recep Avci at 406-994-4199 or

Classification Title Research/Lab Mgr

Working Title Lab Manager

Brief Position Overview

The Imaging and chemical analysis laboratory (ICAL) at Montana State University plans to fill a fulltime technical position with experience in electron microscopy and spectroscopy as well as with budget and general managerial skills with a BS or higher degree in Engineering and Science disciplines.

Position Number 4M1229

Department Physics

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Managing and Running Microscopes in ICAL at Dept. of Physics.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Run field emission scanning electron microscopy (FEM) including cryo-FEM for internal and external users, prepare and send reports to the external users.

  • Run atomic force microscopy (AFM) as well as x-ray powder diffraction (XRD) experiments and prepare and send reports to the external users.

  • Manage ICAL related activities such as purchasing, ordering supplies, updating and maintenance of computer systems, manage user accounts and user scheduling, and general laboratory operation and maintenance (e.g. disposal of biological and hazardous materials).

  • Serve as primary contact handling communications with lab users (students, faculty, external corporate users), and teaching short courses for new users.

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual ICAL user statistics for MONT and ICAL reports.

  • Help in keeping track of the ICAL billing process such as sending invoices, keeping track of money flow and of the budget updates using QuickBooks.

  • Engage in the ICAL outreach activities including scheduling such activities and communicating this with the rest of the group members.

  • Monitoring instrument scheduling to make sure users have access as needed, and to avoid scheduling conflicts among ICAL’s many diverse users.

  • Support the biological research activities at ICAL and maintain the biosafety requirements and protocols, complying with the bio hazards, chemical hazards, and biosafety requirements.

  • Receive the training for the operation of some of the ICAL instruments such as epifluorescence Optical Microscopy, Auger nanoprobe microscopy and spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to assist ICAL users if/when needed.

  • Share the responsibility with other ICAL personnel of interfacing with users, providing the first contact with potential users and directing them to staff and related resources who can support their analytical needs.

  • Make sure that the lab is kept well organized and clean.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • A Bachelor’s of Science or in science or engineering disciplines an equivalent combination of education and/or experience

  • Demonstrated experience in Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy and related fields.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated experience in management skills in dealing financial matters as well as human skill dealing with students and other users in a multidisciplinary science and engineering fields regarding their needs related to scientific and financial issues.

  • Demonstrated skills writing scientific reports and dealing with external users and private sector people.

  • Experience in dealing with computer hardware and software issues

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Should have dedication and commitment to deliver consistently high quality data to the users of ICAL.

  • Must have ability to teach Short Courses to the new users of ICAL.

  • Must be highly motivated to learn new skills within a given discipline or to learn new skills outside his/her current skills.

  • Should have abilities for timely and effective communication, in oral or written, with the users of ICAL and ability to resolve any outstanding issues in a timely manner.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funding.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 28, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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