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Montana State University Bioprocess Laboratory Manager in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22193

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Sarah Huth at (406) 994-4787 or | Robin Gerlach at (406) 994-1840 or

Classification Title Research Professional

Working Title Bioprocess Laboratory Manager

Brief Position Overview

The Center for Biofilm Engineering ( CBE ) invites applications for a full-time lab manager to oversee the day-to-day management of the Gerlach and Phillips labs. The employee will also be performing research (experiments, data analysis, data presentation, report writing, etc.) in biotechnology research.

Position Number 4C0538

Department Center for Biofilm Engineering

Division Office of Research and Economic Development

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Other


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

Montana State University’s Center for Biofilm Engineering has been a world leader in biofilm research for more than 25 years. A prestigious 11-year National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center grant awarded in 1990 paved the way for the CBE’s influence in the emerging field of biofilm research. The Center’s three-fold emphasis in research, education, and industry continues to produce results and exciting opportunities for students, staff, and faculty—as well as industrial partners. In the years since the end of the NSF - ERC grant, the CBE has relied on three main sources of funding. CBE researchers continue to be awarded competitive grants from a variety of sources including DoE, EPA , NSF , NIH , NASA , INL , the State of Montana. The CBE’s Industrial Associates program provides key support for CBE research and operations, as well as valuable input that keeps CBE research relevant. The prospective employee will be responsible for pursuing funding sources for the CBE and for creating/maintaining liaisons with prospective industrial backers.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Developing and implementing research plans, including methods development and assistance in managing personnel.

  • Oversee daily laboratory operation, ordering, and maintenance.

  • Preparing periodic progress reports and presentations for research projects.

  • Developing research proposals to acquire funding from private and government agencies.

  • Supervising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students involved in research projects.

  • Preparing written documents related to the research for the purpose of reporting, publication, outreach, and technology transfer.

  • Training new employees, students, and visitors in laboratory best practices.

  • Maintaining laboratory inventories and coordinating laboratory inspections.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s of Science degree in either an engineering or science field or an equivalent amount of education/experience.

  • Working knowledge of applied environmental microbiology.

  • Working knowledge of biofilm reactor operation.

  • Proven ability to manage projects, including: (1) conducting research in the laboratory, (2) research scheduling and financial management, (3) maintaining laboratory organization and safety, and (4) supervision of staff and/or students.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Familiarity with microbially induced mineral precipitation and dissolution.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations

  • Ability to work independently on a wide variety of tasks and in different roles

  • Productively work in a team-oriented environment and maintain effective attention to detail, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing competing demands

  • Be skilled at prioritizing, organizing, and working on multiple projects

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Continuation of employment is contingent upon the 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? Yes

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 February 3, 2022; 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

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.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: