Senior Teaching Laboratory Manager - (DED00000314)

Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

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About the Department:

The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences is a vibrant, collegial, research-oriented department that employs innovative analytical and observational approaches to advance knowledge in fundamental and applied problems in Earth Science. The Department is composed of 25 faculty and research faculty and 17 technical and support staff and provides undergraduate and graduate programs through to Ph.D. Research foci span Geochemistry/Petrology, Geophysics, and Paleontology; each of these strengths is guided by an emphasis on quantitative, measurement-based approaches to research. Relevant to this advertisement, the Department maintains a world-class stable isotope facility, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, and multiple electron-microscope instruments. We work together to ensure that our research and teaching impact the world and create a workplace that is inviting, inclusive and where leadership decisions reflect the shared goals of the department community.

About the Position:

The Laboratory Manager will oversee the maintenance and daily operation of X-ray and electron beam instrumentation. This includes a JEOL IT500-HR field emission scanning electron microscope with EDS, WDS and Cathodoluminescence detectors, a Thermo Scientific ARL Perform’X Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence laboratory, and a Rigaku Ultima III X-ray diffraction laboratory. The position will include facilitating data collection and interpretation for researchers and students within the Earth Sciences department, among departments at SMU and for regional outside users and collaborators. The teaching component of the position includes training graduate and undergraduate students in data collection, processing and interpretation and participating in courses and course projects that utilize the laboratory equipment. The position will accommodate the development of independent research on the part of the laboratory manager.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee daily operation of X-ray and electron beam instrumentation.
  • Facilitate experiment design, data collection and interpretation for researchers and students within the Earth Sciences department, among departments at SMU and for regional outside users and collaborators. This includes student training on instrumentation and data collection.
  • Trouble-shoot instrumentation and perform/oversee routine maintenance.
  • Development of independent research on the part of the laboratory manager.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required to run experiments.


Education and Experience:

A Master’s degree is required. A Master’s degree in Geoscience or Material Science is preferred.

Two years’ work experience in standards-based X-ray analytical techniques is required. Experience conducting earth or planetary science or material science research is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of and skill operating scanning electron microscopes and/or auxiliary detectors (EDS, WDS and Cathodoluminescence, etc.) OR X-ray Fluorescence OR and X-ray diffraction equipment.

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Crawl, Bend, Squat, Kneel
  • Reach above shoulder
  • Carry/lift 25-50 lbs.
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Stand
  • Push/pull

Deadline to Apply:

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by October 15, 2022.

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

posted: 09 August 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.