Laboratory Supervisor, SARS-CoV-2

Job Description

The Biodesign Institute/Knowledge Enterprise is looking for a Lab Supervisor to provide scientific, biosafety and operational support for SARS-CoV-2 research within the KE/Biodesign Institute.  

This individual supports the research programs of Principal Investigators to ensure that all programmatic elements are functioning in a safe and secure manner. The primary responsibility of this individual will be as an operational manager, whose focus is to integrate the different aspects of the institution, including biosafety, biosecurity, research, and support staff. This position will be responsible for the training and onboarding of new personnel working in SARS-CoV-2 laboratories, serve as a point of contact among groups, facilitating communication and coordination in support of the scientific research activities. The SARS-CoV-2 Lab Supervisor will work closely with and under the supervision of the ABSL3/BSL3 High Containment Facility Manager to ensure efficient facility operation.

Primary responsibilities include 1) mentoring researchers with limited experience at BSL3; 2) maintaining the SARS-CoV-2 laboratory (routine disinfecting, bleach change-outs, supplies); and 3) determining when new researchers can work independently.

Job Family

Research & Laboratory

Department Name

Biodesign Administration



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Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$66,700 - $95,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

This individual will:

  • Manage day-to-day laboratory operations.
  • Monitor the functioning of equipment and facilities. Report issues to the Facility Manager and/or Environmental Health and Safety, as appropriate.
  • Maintain documentation and records (facility access, equipment maintenance, training and medical clearance records, etc.).
  • Order and receive equipment and supplies; maintain appropriate supply inventories, in particular personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Maintain regular communications with laboratory users and respond to their questions, concerns, and programmatic needs.
  • Assist laboratory users with general maintenance and cleaning of the laboratory.
  • Coordinate with research staff on technical issues that impact laboratory activities.
  • Communicate facility issues, laboratory user concerns and requests, and instances of noncompliance to the Facility Manager and/or Environmental Health and Safety, as appropriate.
  • Advise investigators on laboratory design, safety equipment, decontamination, and disposal.
  • Maintain and improve programs designed to monitor and control biohazards.
  • Participate in regular meetings with the Facility Manager to discuss issues, evaluate, and as needed, recommend modifications to current and proposed procedures, equipment, and physical areas to optimize personnel safety, laboratory security, and the conduct of research.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.     

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology, virology, bacteriology, immunology of infectious diseases, or related field and five (5) years of experience in ABSL3/BSL3 research, facilities operations, and OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

Specifically, relevant work experience includes:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic principles of laboratory safety and chemical hazards.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices used in biological and microbiological sciences.
  • Experience in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology, biosafety and/or another relevant field preferred.
  • Extensive and applicable laboratory experience in both BSL-2 and BSL-3 environments.
  • Management and supervisory experience.
  • Evidence of effective written and verbal communication in conjunction with exceptional organizational skills.
  • Experience in working independently on complex projects with minimal direction.
  • Experience in managing and prioritizing multiple projects within the confines of time, budgets and available personnel.
  • Experience in work that requires organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research laboratories and with operations of specialized HVAC equipment and systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of  specialized systems for biocontainment facilities is preferred.

Working Environment

  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to be certified to wear respiratory protection and other necessary personal protective equipment. Must have ability to respond to emergency situations involving potentially infectious materials.
  • Candidates must be able to physically work in rooms that require specialized biocontainment protective gowning and equipment. Must be able to climb ladders and easily move about confined areas.
  • A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
  • A period of evaluation will be required.

Department Statement

For the fifth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all five years the category has existed.

ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way.

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Instructions to Apply

Apply at:

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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Biodesign Administration