Lab Manager

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Pay Grade: 26
Categories: Professional Staff Union (PSU), Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The Lab Manager will provide facilities and equipment maintenance, technical services and support to department laboratories, skilled and semi-skilled machine shop services, as well as mechanical and electrical construction services in Biomedical Engineering (BME). The Lab Manager will lead the daily technical operation and training of student users for all equipment. This position is responsible for establishing operating protocols and collaborating with faculty, staff, students and outside users to maximize high impact research output. 


Essential Functions

Laboratory Manager – 60%

  • Order instrumentation, equipment, consumable lab supplies, and chemicals for BME research and instructional labs, in consultation with faculty, staff, Research Assistants (RAs), and students as needed for replacement and additions. Responsible for inventory control including consumables (calibration gases, test samples, pressure and temperature sensors, cabling, etc.).  Manage incoming packages.  Schedule and coordinate all deliveries to the Goessman and BME Life Sciences Lab (LSL).
  • Prioritize and schedule tasks for continuous improvement in research and instructional laboratories.  Develop and maintain a preventative maintenance program for the facilities and provide preventative maintenance in accordance with manufacturer guidelines.
  • Assist faculty with design and implementation of experiments in instructional courses.  Work closely with Graduate Teaching Assistants to ensure that undergraduate lab sections (20/week) are prepared for and executed as planned.
  • Install new equipment including but not limited to engines, dynamometers, controls, pumps, valves, etc.
  • Modify, debug, and implement control software (eg. LabView, MatLab, etc.).
  • Implement new apparatus, experiments, control software, Graphical User Information (GUI) and infrastructure.
  • Maintain, inspect, repair, test, calibrate, adjust, reconfigure and operate electrical, analytical, and wet lab equipment using small hand tools, portable power tools and electrical and electronic testing equipment and devices according to specifications, schematics, blueprints, technical manuals and diagrams. Maintain records, logs and schedules of equipment installation, maintenance and repairs.
  • Operate and provide instruction to researchers on proper laboratory techniques, general laboratory equipment, specialized laboratory instrumentation and software.  Train and supervise users of the undergraduate lab space and research lab space.  Supervise undergraduate student assistants.
  • Conduct lab tours for visitors, sponsors, students and prospective students, STEM, Women in Engineering group and middle school science classes.
  • Assist with developing written laboratory practices, protocols and lab manuals.
  • Manage all BME undergraduate lab tools and equipment on loan.
  • Respond promptly and appropriately to emergencies or urgent issues as they arise. 

Safety Manager – 20%

  • Attend monthly Safety Coordinator and annual Shop Safety meetings with Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), to ensure that all BME laboratories and facilities adhere to guidelines as specified by both the College of Engineering and EH&S requirements.
  • Perform weekly safety and hazardous waste inspections of all labs and coordinates safe disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Serve as Department Safety Training Manager.  Provide and schedule training for faculty, students and staff on: proper laboratory safety techniques; chemicals and hazardous material and disposal; fire safety; gas cylinder safety, usage and care; autoclave; sanitation and sterilization equipment and procedures.  Maintain lab, fire and biological training modules.  Maintain and update online training records and ensure compliance.
  • Assist with lab safety inspections and ensure infractions have been corrected on Principal Investigator specific safety reports.
  • Assist with hazardous and biological material inventory.
  • Maintain security of the labs and associated equipment (swipe access for all people in and out of BME LSL Labs).
  • Ensure undergraduate labs are operated in a safe manner.
  • Coordinate tracking and disposal of hazardous waste.

Building Manager –Goessman Labs and LSL BME Facilities - 20%

  • Serve as liaison to Physical Plant and Facilities & Campus Planning.
  • Report building issues and all follow-up.  Attend building coordinator meetings, facilitate special projects, assist with space management, and communicate to all building occupants about: new infrastructure and repair, electrical upgrades, shut downs, special deliveries, planned custodial work, DI water reports, constant temperature room recorders and general building upkeep as needed.


Other Functions

  • Serve as liaison to:
    • Environmental Health and Safety
    • Facilities and Campus Planning including UMass Ready Continuity Planning Program
    • UMass Public Safety and Property Office
    • Public Utilities
    • Specialty gas vendors, managing leased tanks, tank delivery and tank return
  • Stay current with technology development and suggest purchase of new equipment.  Negotiate technical specifications and prices for new instruments purchase and supervise the installation of the instruments.
  • Manage laboratory fees in consultation with department staff.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • B.S. in engineering or related field.
  • One or more years of experience with an instrumentation-related laboratory (e.g. metrology, structures, materials, robotics, etc.).
  • Ability to interact with personnel in an educational environment.
  • Ability to physically move lab equipment, tools and materials when necessary.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to give instruction in a precise, understandable manner.
  • Proficient in instruction and operation of undergraduate laboratory equipment.
  • Skilled in use of specialized and standard shop and hand tools.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Ability to work with Windows OS, MS Office (specifically Excel); demonstrated knowledge/experience with engineering applications such as Mat Lab, LabVIEW.  Computer and IT literate, with knowledge of instrument control, word processing, data management and acquisition programs and computational software.
  • Experience with microcomputers, microcontrollers and data acquisition equipment and software.
  • Knowledge and use of tools, testing, equipment, materials and standard practices that apply to research laboratories.
  • Knowledge of sanitation and sterilization equipment and procedures.
  • Knowledge of fundamental principles of electronics, vacuum systems, high pressure pumps and gas line installation.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions that pertain to wet lab experimentation and analytical chemistry.
  • Ability to read and interpret sketches, specifications, technical literature, written and oral instruction.
  • Ability to track and accurately maintain equipment inventory.
  • Ability to professionally relate and cooperatively work with a heterogeneous group: faculty, students, staff and the public.
  • Ability to understand and apply the policies, rules, regulations, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Ability to complete projects within a given timeline and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to learn operation of new instrumentation and software.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Able to lift 50 lbs
  • Typical Workshop Conditions


Work Schedule

Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Occasional out of hours work may be required when responding to emergencies.  


Salary Information

Level 26

PSU Salary Schedule


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply by the priority deadline of December 28, 2018 in order to ensure consideration.  Applications may be accepted after the priority date until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

To apply, please provide letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regu

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