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Posting Date:             August 21, 2014                     Posting End Date:     September 11, 2014

Position:                     Laboratory Manager

Location:                    Center for Advanced Materials


Tuskegee University Center for Advanced Materials (T-CAM) laboratory is seeking a Laboratory Manager to work on NSF-funded grants CREST and EPSCoR. The Laboratory Manager will primarily work with Drs. Shaik Jeelani, Mahesh Hosur and Dr. Alfred Tcherbi-Narteh and their on- and outside-campus collaborators to accomplish the objectives of the research tasks

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Extract cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin from various plant sources as instructed by the PI
  • Use these extracted materials mentioned about in synthesizing phenolic resin system, biodegrable films for packaging applications, fabrication and characterization of natural composites
  • Plan and coordinate experiments, including collaborative experiments, and present data to the PI
  • Develop and maintain laboratory procedures necessary for the conduct of experiments, keep a laboratory notebook
  • Keep inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies, and re-stock as needed
  • Work with the PI/Co-PIs, graduate, undergraduate and summer high school students
  • Maintain the laboratories within the Chappie James Building and the Processing Lab.
  • Obtain quotes, follow through purchase requisitions, purchase order and receivables
  • Inform the PI or other responsible persons of any irregularities in the laboratory and common areas
  • Adhere to all guidelines of safety and other compliance-related issues as defined by Tuskegee University
  • Report to work at the designated laboratories
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the PI and assigned by department chair
  • Prior experience or knowledge about natural fiber composites, extraction of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin from various plant sources is essential


  • Minimum of a MS Degree in Materials Science and  Engineering
  • Knowledge of MS-word, excel, and basic graphics
  • Motivation to learn new skills and methods
  • Good communication skills (students, vendors, PIs…) and ability to work with others, and supervise students
  • Must be legally eligible to work in USA
  • Minimum of a MS Degree in Materials Science and  Engineering
  • Knowledge of MS-word, excel, and basic graphics


Commensurate with training, experience, and University Compensation Plan    

**The statements contained in this job announcement reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility.  It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. **

APPLICATIONS will be accepted in the Office of Human Resources. Each applicant should complete a Tuskegee University employment application, and submit (3) letters of references and a copy of the appropriate transcript for the educational requirements with the submission. Incomplete application and/or application packets received after the deadline of September 11, 2014 at 4:00p.m., CST will eliminate the possibility of an interview.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and must submit a completed application in order to be considered for the position.  The University reserves the right not to fill the position in the event of budgetary or operational constraints.

Human Resources Department

Attn:  S. Jeelani

101 Kresge Center

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama 36088

Email Address: employment@mytu.tuskegee.edu               Fax: 334-724-4319

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