Lab Director

AUG Sciences

Competition No.  -    A105647896
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Faculty Service Officer Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just. 

Position Summary

The Lab Director is a Faculty Services Officer (FSO) position that reports directly to the Chair of Augustana’s Department of Science and is responsible for managing the operations of the scientific facilities and all aspects in support of the research and teaching programs of the department. In particular, the Lab Director is responsible for the operations of laboratories, the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station and the Hesje Observatory, but also teaches science courses and lab sections. Further duties include exploring opportunities to deliver cost recovery initiatives to external organizations and enhancing the cost effectiveness of Science operations within a cooperative University environment to ensure that the long-term vision and objectives of the Department are met.

The FSO collaborates with and assists the Department Chair, Associate Department Chair, Campus General Manager, and the appropriate Faculty Members, to coordinate laboratory activities and programs campus wide.


Business Planning, Budget, Leadership, and Resource Planning

  • Determine annual financial needs for all science laboratories
  • Supervise and manage non-academic staff and financial administration associated with the Department of Science
  • Manage expenditures of allocated funds for laboratory supplies and equipment as well as unit’s employee salaries (lab coordinators, technicians, teaching assistants, markers) 
  • Plan, choose, approve and purchase major lab equipment, supplies and repairs in collaboration with the Chair of Science and appropriate Faculty
  • Engage in grant writing and fundraising for the purchase of scientific tools and instruments
  • Project needs of future researchers; develop policies and procedures, including standard operating procedures pertaining to animal care and welfare at the institutional level

Management of Teaching Laboratories and Supervision

  • Short and long term activities planning as well as setting and managing goals and priorities for laboratories instruction, operation and operational structure
  • Determine employment description and staff needs for the unit (in consultation with the Chair of Science)
  • In collaboration with the Chair of Science and appropriate Faculty members, assess and evaluate lab curriculum as well as make recommendations for new laboratories for existing courses and for the development of new lab-based courses
  • Coordinate disciplinary technicians for experimental content, experimental protocols adaptations, developments and test trials
  • Assist Chair of Science in scheduling all of the science laboratory sections; monitor student registration in laboratory sections and make necessary adjustments
  • Participate in deliberation and activities of the Science section
  • Plan and collaborate with Augustana support and academic staff for the organization of complementary activities related to the science laboratories (guest speakers, civic community science events, science fairs, etc.) 
  • Liaise with Augustana science course instructors for undergraduate teaching laboratories affairs
  • Liaise with Augustana administration for undergraduate teaching laboratories affairs

Recruitment and Outreach

  • Hire all laboratory coordinators and technicians (in collaboration with Augustana human resources unit and the Chair of Science)
  • Write performance appraisal and assign merit increments annually to laboratory coordinators and technicians; this will include student evaluations of laboratory teaching when completed
  • Review and endorse personnel transactions such as work schedules, vacation leaves, casual leaves, overtime, training and development need
  • Advise on problems and questions related to administrative aspects
  • Support professors in the administrative processes of hiring markers
  • Determine markers’ contracts specifications (salary scale, number of hours to work, general duties, etc.).
  • Coordinate and sometimes lead high school visits, open house and outreach activities; coordinate experiments to be performed by the guests in the laboratories
  • Liaison with Augustana recruiting and open house unit for science laboratory related activities

Liaison/Interaction with Health, Safety and Environment 

  • Principal liaison with the U of A - Environmental and Safety Department
  • Ensure that current occupational, health and safety regulations and protocols are properly in place and respected; provide necessary documents and directives in the laboratories and to the staff
  • Ensure that lab safety rules and regulations are respected
  • Keep current on occupational, health and safety regulations for the labs
  • Coordinate in-house inspections and EHS Department audits
  • Manage and maintain the animal facility and specimen collection
  • Responsible for chemical spills, record keeping and incident investigation
  • Assess injuries, administer minor first aid to student and staff as required
  • Fill out appropriate forms for all injuries incurred in the labs

Teaching and Development

  • Prepare and lecture biology or chemistry courses and/or teach laboratory sections as needed (2-3 lectures and/or labs per year)
  • Prepare and grade exams and assignments
  • Develop pedagogical teaching and learning tools
  • In collaboration with the laboratory coordinators and faculty, coordinate the creation of online and offline tools and material aimed at improving students’ preparation as well as teaching and learning for all of the science laboratories
  • Internal and external grant submissions to fund related projects and temporary employees
  • When appropriate, disseminate results and experience to the local, national and international science education community


  • Possess a Ph.D. Chemistry (preferably organic chemistry) or Biology (preferably biochemistry or molecular cell biology) plus directly related work experience
  • Lecturing and laboratory teaching experience at university level (Applicants shall submit a teaching dossier.)
  • Operational knowledge of various science laboratory apparati and instruments
  • Knowledge of safety procedures in science laboratories
  • Experience in pedagogical learning tool development
  • Excellent computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite, production of eLearning material)
  • Solid communication skills in English (verbal and written)
  • Strong managerial and organizational abilities (e.g. for projects, staff, budgets, etc.)
  • Strong problem solver, seeking the needed input from specialist knowledge sources and implementing those changes
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with colleagues, clients and staff
  • Strong people leadership and strategic planning skills demonstrated through the focused leadership of a diverse operational staff
  • Competent user of information technology

Interested applicants are asked to submit a Resume, Cover Letter (2 pages max), and a Teaching Statement (2 pages max). 

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.