Lab Manager

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

ID: 7054647
Posted: December 4, 2018

Job Description

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.


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