University of Delaware
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which
encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women,
Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice
of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html
Research & Laboratory, Full Time
Pay Grade: 30E
Context of the Job:
Under limited direction of the Biomedical Engineering Business
Administrator, the Laboratory Coordinator is assigned to multiple
locations and is responsible for: (1) assisting in the
construction, fit-out and startup of the highly-specialized,
faculty research and undergraduate instructional laboratories to
ensure the projects are on time and within budget; (2) ensuring the
effective maintenance, security, and operation of the physical
plant and individual research and instructional laboratories in a
safe and environmentally sound manner and within budget; and (3)
establishing and maintaining a coordinating role between the
Program and University Facilities Management; also serves as the
liaison with the other lab coordinators in the College of
Engineering; central safety administrator for the Program requiring
interactions with other campus units outside the College of
Engineering to develop and maintain a safe working
- Oversees all aspects of research and instructional laboratory
operations in locations spanning multiple buildings. Orders,
receives, monitors, and maintains all department-level
research and instructional lab materials, supplies, and equipment.
Serves as emergency contact for department research and
instructional laboratory facilities. Responsible for the operation
and maintenance of shared department laboratory spaces and
equipment (e.g., cell/tissue culture facilities and biosafety
cabinets (e.g., operation, cleaning, scheduling), laser,
microscopes, animal procedure room, autoclave room, etc.). Makes
recommendations on placement of new, and removal of older,
equipment housed in shared departmental space. Implements and
maintains electronic scheduling, log-in, and efficient and safe
shared use of multi-user equipment in the department.
- Participates in evaluation and selection of major new,
highly-specialized bio-medical equipment and makes recommendation
for capital equipment purchases. Directs shop personnel and
consultants in servicing, modernizing, and building research and
teaching lab equipment. Is the departmental contact for and
interfaces with outside vendors of department-level research
equipment, supplies, and equipment service technicians, as well as
with other relevant industry/research organizations.
- Responsible for monitoring and managing project expenditures
for major department level equipment purchases and
- Coordinates installation of research and instructional
laboratory equipment and maintains equipment in safe and working
order. Provides design, fabrication, and maintenance assistance to
faculty, staff, students, and visiting scientists.
- Initiates contracts with lab equipment brokers for capital
recovery of surplus laboratory equipment and coordinate equipment
sales with UD Purchasing Department.
- Oversees maintenance, repairs, and operations of the physical
plants/facilities that support BME research and instructional labs
which are currently spread out across Spencer Laboratory (SPL), the
Health Sciences Complex (HSC) on the STAR Campus, the
Ammon-Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center at STAR (AP
BPI), and the BME-assigned STAR Cluster modular
laboratories/classrooms on the STAR Campus.
- Liaises with Facilities Maintenance & Operations and
Facilities Planning & Construction Departments on specific
maintenance and laboratory improvement projects, including
coordination of utility installations and reviewing plans and
construction progress. Coordinates activities of outside vendors
during these projects.
- In conjunction with faculty, manages physical space for the
department, which includes facilitation of student desk/office
assignments (as/if necessary), lab hood assignments (as/if
necessary), and equipment placement.
- Acts as the faculty and student resource for day-to-day lab
operations and for research and instructional experimental set ups.
In conjunction with research personnel, develops and implements
Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and maintains
departmental records of existing SOPs (which should also be
maintained in individual laboratories). Coordinates cleaning and
maintenance of biosafety cabinets, ensures safe operations with
biohazards up to Biosafety Level 2, as well as with laser
operation, hazmat explosives, and Class 3 & 4 chemical
- Acts as a liaison to campus Environmental, Health, and Safety
(EHS). In consultation with EHS, coordinates formal and informal
hazard reviews of all research and instructional laboratory
equipment and procedures. Assists research groups and instructional
lab faculty with safety inspections and safety planning as well as
maintaining a safety reference library. Coordinates annual chemical
inventory updates for the department. Alerts UD EHS to the arrival
and departure of new faculty members so that appropriate action can
be taken to set up and decommission laboratories.
- Serves as Biomedical Engineering's Chemical Hygiene Officer
providing a safe work environment for faculty, students, and staff
by enforcing Federal, State and UD safety policies. Acts as the Lab
Safety Officer. As such, oversees overall laboratory safety
compliance, lab orderliness, and lab cleanliness. Maintains liaison
with UD Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to keep Biomedical
Engineering's research and instructional laboratories current with
regard to safety compliance, conducts quarterly lab safety
inspections, is the safety resource for the department, purchases
and stocks basic safety equipment needed on a routine basis.
Distributes hazard alerts and maintains incident reports. Plans,
trains, and maintains equipment for emergency preparedness.
Responds to and resolves laboratory safety emergencies.
- Develops and delivers a general orientation program for all BME
employees, i.e., faculty, researchers, scientists, and staff of the
facility that includes safety rules, a physical plant
overview/tour, coordination of appropriate safety training
(seebelow), and an overview of emergency evacuation instructions,
etc. Coordinates access of research personnel to laboratories
(after completion of necessary tours/training), via communication
with appropriate building managers in AP BPI and STAR HSC.
- Coordinates and monitors completion of annual, mandatory
Right-to-Know, Chemical Hygiene, Biosafety, Bloodborne Pathogen,
and Compressed Gas Safety training for Biomedical Engineering's
researchers (and others as required by research operations).
Maintains training records and relays information to EHS for
Federal/State law compliance.
- Supervises technical personnel as required. Trains new
laboratory members in all aspects related to safety
- Serves as a liaison between BME research and instructional labs
and other stakeholders (e.g., NIIMBL, DBI, CHS, other departments
etc) in SPL, AP BPI, and STAR HSC.
- Serves as standing member and recording secretary of the
Department Safety Committee to manage and implement safety
guidelines in conjunction with the faculty chair. Recommends space
changes to BME Department Chair. Liaises with other COE Lab
Coordinators to improve safety training programs, sharing best
practices, and networking to share facilities and equipment.
- Remains current with BME-relevant, state-of-the-art technology,
equipment, and/or systems and their implementation in a laboratory
environment, in order to be a resource to BME research
- Monitor departmental laboratories on a regular basis (nearly
daily at AP BPI), take a hands-on approach by providing ca. 100
graduate students, visiting scholars, and post-doctoral fellows
with technical support for BME research projects.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative
- Bachelor's degree in a related technical, scientific, or
engineering discipline and four years of experience in managing a
multidisciplinary research facility, or equivalent combination of
education and experience.
- Ability to work with faculty, scientists, other staff,
undergraduate and graduate students, maintenance contractors, and
- Experience in research laboratory management.
- Experience in influencing and leading individuals and groups
(academic, industry) that interface with the Biomedical
- Knowledge of safety practices in research labs on the
- Familiarity with training methods for safe laboratory practices
- Leadership skills.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Effective interpersonal and customer service skills.
- Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies
in a diverse community and rapidly changing technical
- Ability to make administrative/ procedural decisions and
- Ability to analyze and solve problems.
- Ability to prioritize, plan, and organize work, and plan and
implement short- and long-range goals.
- Ability to design and implement systems necessary to collect,
maintain, and analyze data; generate reports and to develop and
- Knowledge of organizational development practices.
- Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
- Knowledge of facilities maintenance and custodial principles,
procedures, and standards.
- Ability to use CAD programs for lab redesign as needs
- Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the
differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying
identities, cultures and backgrounds.
- Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where
diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person
on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity
or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital
status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other
characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment,
educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and
scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the
Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act
of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and
University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits
unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual