Laboratory Manager

Cookeville, Tennessee

Tennessee Technological University

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number


Working Title

Laboratory Manager

Job Title

Office Manager

Job Type



Earth Sciences

Job Purpose

The Department of Earth Sciences at Tennessee Tech University invites applications for a full-time (12 month contract) Laboratory Manager to begin no later than June 1, 2022. The Laboratory Manager reports directly to the Chair of Earth Sciences and prepares and monitors laboratory activities in geoscience-related labs and oversees the Earth Sciences computer labs. A detailed description of the Department of Earth Sciences is available at:

Tennessee Tech provides impact through its engaged students, dedicated faculty, and career-ready graduates known for their creativity, tenacity, and analytical approach to problem solving. As a STEM-infused, comprehensive institution, Tennessee Tech delivers enduring education, impactful research, and collaborative service that creates, advances, and applies knowledge to expand opportunity and economic competitiveness.

Tennessee Tech is committed to a diverse workforce by fostering an inclusive work environment for students, faculty, and staff. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Tennessee Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Essential Functions

Teach lower-division geoscience labs and supervise student workers in introductory labs and Earth Science computer labs. Assist in development of general education laboratories under the supervision of full-time faculty. Prepare all mineral, rock and fossil specimens for use in general education laboratories. Curate extensive collection of minerals, rocks, fossils and maps. Order laboratory materials and monitor equipment inventory and operation. Supervise students in operation and use of laboratory equipment, materials and specimens. Work with university IT staff to maintain and operate computer equipment and software in the Earth Sciences department, including lab computers, classroom teaching stations, research computers and the printing plotter. Maintain the Earth Science Department website. Supervise student workers in introductory laboratories and the Earth Science computer lab. Oversee maintenance of equipment in the Earth Sciences rock processing laboratory and microscope laboratories. Assist with field trip activities as needed, to include driving students to off-campus activities associated with courses offered by the department. Maintain an accurate inventory of equipment. Prepare specimens and equipment for laboratory use. Prepare lab supply bids. Communicate in an effective and appropriate manner with diverse populations, the University community and the public. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's Degree in geosciences or related field from an accredited institution. At least 18 graduate hours in geosciences from an accredited institution. Must possess a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous teaching experience. Working knowledge of geoscience software and GIS.

Work Hours

Standard working day

Compensation and Benefits


Commensurate with education and experience; Administrative Pay Grade AD42

Benefits Information

Tennessee Tech offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.

Posting Details

Posting Date


Screening Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants are required to electronically upload (1) a cover letter addressing the essential functions and qualifications required for the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) Statement of teaching philosophy; (4) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts for all degrees conferred required upon hire); and (4) the names and contact information (including email address) of three professional references who may be asked to provide letters. Submission of the materials is the applicant's responsibility. Applications without all required materials are incomplete and will not be considered

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts 2
  2. Transcripts 3
  3. Other Documents
  4. Other Documents 2
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Do you have at least 18 graduate hours in geosciences from an accredited institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this job opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)
  3. * Do you have or will you have at least a Master's Degree in geosciences or related field from an accredited institution by the start date?
    • Yes
    • No
Posted: 08/17/2022