Laboratory Manager - Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Civil & Environmental Eng
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
Applications Open: Feb 13 2023
Applications Close: Open until filled
General Summary of Position:
The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) has several
laboratories including Environmental, Structural and Engineering Materials,
Fluid Mechanics, Geotechnical, and Surveying labs. The Lab Manager is
responsible for overseeing daily activities of these CEE laboratories
including acquisition, installation, maintenance, operations, budgeting, and
supervising laboratory personnel. The individual serves as a liaison with
UMass Lowell's Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) regarding safety
compliance for CEE instructional laboratories and research facilities and
including inspections, hazards, incidents, orderliness, and cleanliness. The
individual will be working directly with a diverse community of CEE faculty,
staff, students, and scholars supporting teaching, research, and other
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Laboratory Maintenance and Support:
Manage CEE labs and facilities such as testing, training, programming, and
troubleshooting of lab equipment and testing machines used for teaching,
research, and other academic activities.
Maintain equipment in working condition and repair as needed.
Evaluate, install, maintain, and operate engineering lab equipment and
systems (such as Instron, hydraulic machines, pumps) and specialized lab
equipment as needed (for materials lab, environmental lab, geotechnical
lab, fluids lab, and surveying lab).
Support instructional activities and CEE research functions in design,
construction, deployment, monitoring, quality control, and data
acquisition; analyze data, monitor, and oversee experimental processes,
lab systems, and specialized equipment.
Maintain and update inventory as needed in each lab.
Maintain a safe laboratory environment in accordance with university
procedures and policies.
Serve as a point of contact for lab safety issues and lab emergencies.
Collectively work with the CEE department to develop and implement
policies, procedures, and standards for safe lab operations according to
federal, state, and university policies.
Work with faculty, staff, students, and scholars to fulfill the teaching,
research, and other academic activities of the department.
Stock and maintain laboratory supplies to successfully deliver lab
Help conduct tests, run equipment, and demonstrate experiments when
Work with faculty and students to set up the labs for each session as
Provide instructions and/or training to students as needed.
Budgeting, Purchasing, and Acquisition:
Keep equipment inventory; manage laboratory hardware and software.
The individual is responsible for purchases/procurement (placing purchase
orders, invoicing, and payment processing).
Contact vendors and suppliers to place orders and/or follow up with
procurement on equipment, materials, and supplies.
Work with faculty and staff to submit and approve university credit card
applications and expense approvals and other related activities.
Support Student Clubs and Competitions:
Assist student body with regional and national competitions (Concrete
Canoe, Steel Bridge, etc.).
Ensure students, instructors, and other personnel have completed all
required EHS training needed for the lab or research activity being
Other Functions and Responsibilities:
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Comply with all safety standards appropriate to this position.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
Bachelor's degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering or a related field,
with 5+ years of relevant experience
Comfortable taking initiative, reliable, motivated in one's work, with a
demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
Understanding of engineering processes related to lab equipment set up,
maintenance, and repair
Well-developed conceptual, analytical and communications skills
Ability to create, read, and interpret engineering schematics
The ability to work effectively with diverse populations including
students, staff, and faculty
A vehicle and a valid Driver's License are required to conduct field work
May require rigging and maneuvering heavy machinery/equipment when needed
Previous laboratory experience at the university level is preferred
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining
candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the
posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.
This is an SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P18.
Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of
qualified applications is received.
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and
contact information of three references will be required during the