Manager of Science Facilities

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 10, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 036793 Department Code 21801-3010 Department Arts & Sciences - Dean's Office Job Title Manager of Science Facilities Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S5 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The science facilities manager will support the laboratory infrastructure in multiple buildings in the College of Arts and Sciences and act as general liaison with Physical Plant and Campus Planning, Design, and Construction ( CPDC ) for those buildings. The manager will oversee lab renovations and equipment installation, ranging from technical support for equipment installation through laboratory planning and research liaison during laboratory construction; will act as the contact between researchers and Physical Plant and Environmental Health and Safety Services ( EHSS ) to ensure continuity of research operations that rely on building services and coordination of safety measures; monitor how building systems support research and teaching; manage the physical equipment inventory and facilitate moving and recycling of equipment; support laboratory decommissioning; and manage facilities coordinator support staff. The manager will establish a process with a team of support employees to provide 24/7 emergency response on a rotating schedule.


• Associate’s Degree or similar level of higher education preferred.

• Five (5) plus years of experience working to support research laboratories, in industry or academia.

• Technical certifications or equivalent practical knowledge preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Practical knowledge of safety practices, including chemical, electrical, mechanical areas.

• Ability to carry out basic maintenance work on an as-needed basis.

• Experience with greenhouse operations desired, but not required.

• Experience in coordinating work and maintaining productive relationships with team members and with multiple units.


Supervision of staff:
• Manage the day-to-day workflow for a team of assistant managers.
• Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
• Establish and evaluate staff priorities, goals and performance.
• Hire, train, and place staff for needed roles in the department.
• Delegate duties using a job in-take system to support the science facilities, oversee work, provide direction to staff, and inform
• Director of Operations and Administration of staff needs, problems, and changes.
• Participate in annual Performance.
• Partnership program with direct reports.

Laboratory support:
• Manage a team of staff to provide support of water systems, research specific HVAC systems, and other shared research and teaching infrastructure.
• Provide ongoing support to researchers for installation of research equipment that requires connection to building systems or minor renovations.
• Coordinate work with Physical Plant that affects building systems, including custodial, maintenance, and repair work.
• While not directly responsible for safety decisions and training that are the responsibility of EHSS, the research facilities manager will support the work of EHSS and the faculty by coordinating safety management within the buildings. This work includes general oversight of systems, such as hoods, that support teaching laboratories.

Laboratory renovation:
• Coordinate laboratory renovation projects, from preliminary planning through completion, with project managers, faculty researchers, chair, and the dean’s office; support the installation of new equipment that requires renovations.

Equipment management and decommissioning:
• Maintain equipment inventories; coordinate moving of research operations; assist the departments and college in space coordination.
• Repurpose or recycle excess laboratory equipment and furnishings.
• Assist in purchase of laboratory furnishings.
• Lead the laboratory decommissioning planning and execution in collaboration with Physical Plant, EHSS, and other units.
• Liaison with campus partners and external providers. These duties require coordination with department faculty, department leadership, and multiple offices on specific projects.
• Completion of the above responsibilities will also involve coordinating external providers for specialty services.
• Participate in regular discussions that connect with departments and units such as Physical Plant; Campus Planning, Design, and Construction; Environmental Health and Safety. This involvement will contribute to maintaining a culture of safety and to having an awareness of long-term issues or emergencies that affect science activities.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

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