Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The Food and Nutrition Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stout is seeking a dynamic, creative individual to fill a 50 percent academic year Laboratory Manager position which is responsible for assisting faculty with inventorying and overseeing the use and maintenance of items and equipment located in the following laboratories: Food Packaging Lab (Room 132); Food and Supplies Storage (242); Chemical Storage (248); Food & Nutritional Sciences Lab (249, BSL-2); Food Processing Pilot Plant (250); Sensory Evaluation Lab (251 & 252); Food Science Lab (371); Nutritional Assessment Lab (427); and Human Performance Lab (429).

Equipment in the labs includes but is not limited to operations in Extrusion, Drying, Thermal Processing (retort), Pasteurization, Extraction, Centrifugation, Sensory Analysis; Analytical equipment including Accelerated Solvent Extraction, Chromatography (Gas/High Performance Liquid); Mass Spectrometry; Spectroscopy (UV/Vis); Electrophoresis; Rheology (Instron/Viscometer), pH meter, Colorimetry; Nutritional assessment equipment including Cholestech LDX (lipid analyzer), Hemocue (hemoglobin analyzer), Accu-chek blood glucose monitor, Bone sonometer, Vmax, DEXA scanner and software associated with the various pieces of hardware above.

Specific responsibilities are, but not limited to:

  1. Maintain equipment and supplies needed for teaching and research laboratories including identifying malfunctioning equipment, troubleshooting malfunctions, research repair options, initiate any external repair process with manufacturer
  2. Maintain inventory of consumable supplies & order new supplies as needed
  3. Calibrate equipment
  4. Oversee safe handling and disposal of chemicals and other hazardous waste
  5. Consult with faculty and staff regarding equipment needs and assist in the preparation of equipment requests, Access to Learning, and Laboratory Modernization proposals
  6. Training students, faculty and staff on safe and proper handling/care/use of equipment and use of related software such as: Food processor, Compusense – Food Sensory analysis software
  7. Supervises work study or state payroll students assigned to the laboratories
  8. Develop and maintain system for monitoring laboratory and equipment use
  9. Develop and maintain system for monitoring portable equipment reservations and use



  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Nutrition or related discipline (Chemistry, Applied Science, Biological Science, or Engineering)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong technical skills working with lab equipment and waste disposal
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience that reflects the ability to be self-directed, be able to work independently; ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of individuals; be resourceful, creative and innovative.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a closely related field
  • Experience as a laboratory manager or technician
  • Basic knowledge of statistical analysis and software used in food and nutrition laboratories.
  • Experience with chemical use and disposal, 6 months to 1 year
  • Experience working in a laboratory setting, 6 months to 1 year
  • Experience with equipment maintenance and repair, 6 months to 1 year


The Department of Food and Nutrition serves the undergraduate ACEND accredited Dietetics and IFT accredited Food Science and Technology programs, the graduate program in Food and Nutritional Sciences, and the ACEND accredited Post-Master's Dietetic Internship program.


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 48 undergraduate and 26 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Student enrollment is just over 9,500.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

More information about the UW-Stout community and region: Facts and data about the university:


This is a half-time (0.5 FTE) academic year position with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan to benefit-eligible applicants.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office at 715.232.2149.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
  2. Resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

Official transcript(s) required at time of hire.

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be submitted online by Monday, September 30, 2019. Screening of applications may continue until the position is filled.

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

  • Search Chair: Dr. Karen Ostenso
  • Phone: 715-232-2394
  • Email:

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