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Laboratory Coordinator I

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Nov 20, 2023

Job Summary

The Laboratory Coordinator supports the educational goals of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering within the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at CU Boulder. Work includes installing, maintaining, upgrading, and in some cases designing experimental equipment; managing laboratory waste and ensuring adherence to safe practices at all times; and ensuring laboratory computers and software are working and up to date.

This position offers our full benefits package including 11 vacation days and 7.5 sick days per year, access to medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a 10% employer contribution retirement plan, and more! This position will work 20 hours per week, and we are offering a flexible schedule based on the selected candidate's schedule needs.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Founded in 1893, the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. The CEAS has a number of nationally ranked programs, and faculty have received a wide variety of prestigious recognition. The CEAS is a leader in hands-on engineering education, with stellar educational facilities. The CEAS includes six academic departments, and over two dozen academic programs and research centers. It enrolls approximately 5250 undergraduates and 2100 graduate students and employs about 360 full-time tenure track, teaching, and research faculty and 260 staff. To learn more, please visit our department website .

The college is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and academically excellent community. The college’s diversity and inclusion plan dovetails with the CU Boulder Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan and is informed by the university's longstanding efforts to create a place where everyone feels a sense of belonging and where everyone can succeed. As a university and college community, we affirm that making excellence inclusive is an active, intentional process that engages students, faculty, and staff across the curriculum and community and in our offices, labs, and meeting spaces. Moreover, our plan addresses the Chancellor’s three strategic imperatives: shape tomorrow’s leaders, innovate, and positively impact humanity. To learn more, please visit our website on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Laboratory Support:
  • Provide support for undergraduate instructional laboratories including the installation, maintenance, and upgrading of equipment.
  • Order and prepare necessary chemicals, supplies, tools, and waste areas for each experiment used in classes.
  • Support lab instructors as needed during lab classes; this may include fixing equipment during classes and showing students how to use equipment.
  • Work with faculty and technical staff in the design and implementation of new experimental units.
  • Work with vendors to determine best and most cost-effective solutions to upgrade existing and/or design new experiments.
  • Monitor and regularly test experiments and equipment to ensure proper performance.
  • Diagnose equipment issues and determine the best methods to effectively repair or fix problem(s). This may involve purchasing new parts, re-purposing old parts, replacing out-of-date instrumentation, and scheduling equipment repair times.
  • Work with facilities management and outside contractors to maintain current equipment and to introduce new building utility lines and process equipment as needed (e.g. adding electrical, steam and water lines).
  • Ensure facility equipment is functioning properly such as exhaust systems, plumbing systems, autoclave, etc.
  • Keep and track inventory to determine what supplies are needed (disposable, chemical, equipment). Decide what materials are needed in surplus in anticipation for high demand and/or equipment failure.
  • Complete finance report of monthly expenses.
  • Train teaching faculty, teaching assistants, and lab workers in equipment operation.
  • When applicable, mentors student employees in the laboratory.
Laboratory Safety:
  • Keep track and properly dispose of generated hazardous waste from lab courses.
  • Manage all laboratory waste areas.
  • Coordinate safety training for students in lab classes.
  • Complete all Lab Proctor tasks for instructional laboratories (weekly SAA maintenance, bimonthly shower/eyewash checks, and other items listed on department safety website).
  • Ensure adherence to safe practices in the laboratory by all personnel at all times.
Laboratory Computer Support:
  • Ensure all software installations such as LabVIEW function properly and are up to date; this may mean working with OIT and/or lab instructors.
  • Ensure all laboratory computers are upgraded as necessary.
Professional Development:
  • Participates in professional development activities and serves on unit, college or campus committees as applicable.
  • Stays apprised and current on relevant University and State of Colorado policies and procedures.
What You Should Know

This position will be fully on-site to provide laboratory support with approximately 20 weekly working hours. The scheduled work hours are flexible during standard business hours, with prior approval from the position supervisor.

Must be a Colorado resident to apply.

What We Can Offer

The hiring range for this 50% time position is $25,000-$30,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • Two years of experience in an occupational field related to laboratory operations and maintenance.
    • Appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

What You Will Need
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with the ability to work well with faculty, staff, and students from around the world.
  • Ability to work comfortably with a wide range of mechanical and electrical equipment.
  • Approachable with excellent customer service skills.
  • Speak in a manner that will be understood, is courteous and effective.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to thrive independently as well as on a team.
  • Proficiency in complex laboratory systems.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Proficiency in LabVIEW software.
  • Experience upgrading computer systems and establishing/maintaining equipment/computer connections.
  • Experience working with laboratory equipment and lab safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of electronics and soldering equipment.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full-time or part-time work.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants.
    • Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send it via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
  4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by December 3, 2023 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

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