Vivarium Director and Research Lab Manager

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Work type: Full-Time Staff
Location: Columbus, GA
Categories: Research and Laboratory

Position Title

Vivarium Director and Research Lab Manager


Biomedical Sciences


School of Medicine

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Columbus, GA

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As Vivarium Director the incumbent will be responsible for managing and performing all activities within the animal vivarium on the Columbus campus to include all aspects of animal husbandry and care. This position will be responsible for all reporting requirements associated with IACUC, OLAW, and USDA oversight. The Director will insure creation, maintenance of, and adherence to standard operating procedures and protocols. The candidate will have access to a veterinarian and other facility managers as needed.

As Research Lab Manager the incumbent will work with the Chair or Vice-Chair of the department to perform duties related to managing and maintaining the research laboratory facilities on the Columbus campus of MUSM. The Laboratory Manager will be responsible for maintaining as well as ensuring proper and safe use of departmental equipment. In consultation with the Department Chair or Vice-Chair, the laboratory manager will help to monitor proper adherence to departmental policies regarding conducting research, use of resources, handling and disposal of research materials. In addition, the laboratory manager will monitor departmental usage of laboratory supplies, assist in ordering supplies and advising on current and future equipment needs.

Required Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or a related field from an accredited college/university and five years of prior relevant laboratory experience which must include work with animals OR a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences or a related field from an accredited college/university and two years of the same experience are required.

  • Must know how to use Microsoft Word and Excel to prepare various reports
  • Must be able to learn and apply basic principles and practices of laboratory animal care and facility maintenance.
  • Must be able to keep written records of animal health, daily tasks, and facility conditions
  • Must be able to learn and abide by the IACUC, OLAW, and USDA regulations as they apply to a laboratory animal vivarium
  • Must be able to write and follow standard operating procedures and protocols for the vivarium and research laboratory.
  • Must be able to work with disinfectants, germicides, and cleaning agents commonly used in the animal vivarium
  • Must be able to work on rotating weekends and holidays in the animal vivarium
  • Must learn how to troubleshoot and maintain vivarium and research laboratory equipment
Is a criminal background check needed for this position?


Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Pay Basis


FLSA Status


Required Documents

Resume, Cover Letter, References

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should be prepared to answer the following questions:

1. Do you have a bachelor's degree?

EEO Statement


Mercer University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

All faculty and staff, excluding student employees, on-call staff and adjunct faculty teaching online only, are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved medical or religious exemption by the University. New hires will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination card or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption by the University before their first day of employment.

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