Midwestern University Lab Manager & Instructor - IL - Microbiology & Immunology in Downers Grove, Illinois

Basic Function: Serves as a non-tenure-track full-time (1.0 FTE) faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The successful applicant will be primarily responsible for teaching laboratory and small group instruction; will be expected to develop an extramurally funded program of clinical or basic science research; and, serve on committees. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of other faculty members including the specific Course Directors and the Chair of the department for accomplishing the teaching mission. Additional instructional responsibilities may be assigned.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Providing instruction to students per lecture and lab schedule including acting as facilitator for the self-study programs, small group instruction and problem-based learning as coordinated and assigned by the Course Directors and Department Chair.

  • Grading of student laboratory and small group assignments and maintaining a student grade book or spreadsheet.

  • Reporting grades in a timely manner to the Course Director or department Chair.

  • Work with course directors to plan and implement lab exercises. Orders and manages inventory of supplies and specimens, maintaining adequate stocks. Preparation of media, buffers, immunological and biological reagents, and lab set-up and clean-up. Safely handles and disposes of hazardous chemicals and biohazards according to institutional guidelines.

  • Maintain and update current knowledge base of related medical microbiology and immunology assays. Proficient in basic clinical microbiology and immunology laboratory skills.

  • Attendance to department meetings and assisting in all aspects of the departmental mission.

  • Any other duties attendant to meeting objectives of the educational program of the department.

  • Attendance to didactic lectures in departmental courses to familiarize with the material presented.

  • Providing tutorial assistance to students that are struggling with the laboratory material.

  • Proctoring exams as assigned and previously agreed to.

  • Establishing a program of clinical or basic science research in the area chosen by the candidate and as appropriately approved, coordinated and overseen with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and attendant to all related institutional policies. This program will include application for extramural funding, publication and other scholarly activity, and mentoring students’ research projects.

    1. Service to the university through active participation in appointed or elected committees and effective committee leadership.
  • Performs additional duties as required and coordinated with the Department Chair.



Department Chair is supervisor and evaluator but the successful candidate will work closely with the various Course and Program Directors and other instructors. These individuals may also provide input into the evaluation and assessment of the successful candidate’s performance.


  • Maintaining professional and positive relationships with students is a must.

  • Will have continuous contact with the department Administrative Assistant on matters of time and attendance, clerical, and secretarial services as well as ordering of supplies and laboratory budget. These relationships are expected to be professional and courteous.

  • Maintains contact with faculty personnel within the Microbiology and Immunology Department and other departments and programs when deemed necessary. These relationships are expected to be professional and courteous.


  • May have limited contact with service representatives concerning equipment maintenance and with sales representatives concerning supplies and equipment. These relationships are expected to be professional and courteous.

    Education and Experience Requirement:


  • Graduation from a recognized/accredited college or university with a doctoral degree in Microbiology or other biological sciences. This may be a PhD, D.O., M.D., DDS, D.V.M., D.Sc. or a similar qualifying degree.

  • Course requirements – courses in the medical aspects of the Microbiological sciences (Microbiology, Bacteriology, Parasitology, Mycology, Virology, etc.) are expected. Those with research and other significant training in the following areas will be given preference, in order from highest to lowest: pathogenic bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, and virology.


  • Those persons with clinical diagnostic medical microbiology laboratory experience will be given preference in hiring.

Other requirements:

  • Must be willing to occasionally work early hours for proctoring exams and setting up labs - arriving as early as 6:30 a.m.- and late hours for afternoon labs – as late as 6:30 p.m.

  • Must be willing to work with infectious agents and/or other hazardous substances within the policy framework of the university Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills are a must.

  • Must exhibit independent creative and analytical thinking and reasoning skills.

  • Must exhibit an ability to work creatively and cooperatively to foster a collegial environment to accomplish all aspects of the department and university’s mission.

“Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a).”