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Job No. 139915

  • Job Title:
  • Lab Manager
  • Employer:
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Location:
  • Amherst , MA
  • Posting Date:
  • 04-Dec-2018
  • 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.
    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.
  •  Contact information:
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Amherst, MA 1003
  • United States
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