Lab Ops

Employer
Northeastern University
Location
Massachusetts, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 19, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time


Lab Ops & Safety Manager

About the Opportunity

Serve as the Departmental Safety Officer for Chemical Engineering for all research labs, including shared laboratories like the SPARK lab. This responsibility includes (a) serve as the principal liaison with COE Associate Director of Academic Operations, COE Associate Director of Lab Operations, and the Department Office of Environmental Health and Safety to ensure that all lab personnel are properly trained before laboratory access is granted and that their training is kept current; (b) oversees departmental lab BioRAFT pages to confirm lab hazards and required safety trainings ensure all personnel seeking access to common equipment are properly trained; (c) Send reminders to faculty, students, and other researchers when refresher training is required ensure that ChemE labs are compliant with university and regulatory safety policy at all times; (d) Arrange for access (card authorization, keys, combinations, etc.) to the appropriate labs; (e) Maintain records of who has access to each lab and remove access to lab personnel who have graduated or left university or whose safety training has lapsed; (f) Ensure that assigned ChemE labs are compliant with university safety policy at all times including necessary training, hazardous waste and biowaste; (g) conduct informal research lab inspections frequently periodically throughout the year and attend EHS official inspections in order to follow up with lab groups regarding any action items; (h) Serve as department representative for Laboratory Safety Committee meetings and communicate any essential information to ChemE faculty/staff; (i) Work closely with the departmental technician particularly related to safety issues and work with DSO for other departments within shared research spaces.

2. Space Planning - Strategically design, facilitate and oversee development, renovation and operations for Chemical Engineering research and teaching labs. Coordinate and aAssist with new hire laboratory start-ups and laboratory decommissions. Work closely with all college and facilities personnel, ChemE department chair, business manager, COE Associate Director of Lab Operations, ISEC Director of Operations on lab space in Mugar, Egan, ISEC, Snell and other buildings across Northeastern campus where ChemE laboratories are located. Maintain graduate student seating chart for the department and edit at least each semester.
3. Lab Purchasing - Advise faculty and staff on all purchasing related to ChemE research and teaching labs. With given specifications, research vendors, obtain multiple quotes when required, and negotiate discounts with vendors if appropriate. Coordinate visits by vendors if appropriate. Manage the placing of orders with ChemE staff. Track orders and arrange delivery to lab. Manage the process related to lab facilities requests, such as transportation, and logistics with large and biohazard materials. Coordinate facilities, transportation, and logistics when equipment is moved from one lab to another, or when major equipment is installed or removed.
4. Supervise safety training of teaching assistants, faculty, and students in teaching labs. Arrange for and complete annual testing and certifications of biological safety cabinets. Continue to review proposed projects with faculty and advice students on safety of project specifications. Advice student teams with respect to compliance and safety, including IRB (Institutional Review Board), IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) and IBC (Institutional Biosafety Committee).
5. The position will also serve as the Department Property Liaison. This responsibility includes (a) establish department controls to support proper usage for capital assets with intended purpose; (b) establish department controls to support proper maintenance, safeguarding and security of capital assets; (c) coordinate with Controller's Office to maintain proper capital asset records; (d) at least annually, review and validate accuracy of department level inventory records provided by the Controller's Office; (e) initiate unit level requests for asset disposition, transfer, trade-in, sale, and/or notify Controller's Office of theft or loss of capital equipment. (f) coordinator with the Controller's Office during internal and external inventory audits. Maintain ChemE equipment and software inventory. Develop and maintain electronic copies of department facilities. Coordinate and schedule access to equipment in core facility. Maintain records and advise on departmental lab equipment maintenance.

The Laboratory Operations and Safety Manager will report to the Business Manager of the Chemical Engineering department and works closely with the Associate Director of Lab Operations.

Qualifications:

Master's degree preferred or Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years of experience in chemical engineering or related field. At least 2 years of experience working in an industry or academic laboratory operations, preferably within a shared laboratory setting required.

Excellent coordination and communication skills to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of teaching and research faculty, lab workers and other staff, and students engaged in high-risk activities.

Proficient at standard computer software packages including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams and Outlook.

Ability and willingness to learn new systems independently required and to evolve with technological advances as appropriate. Ability to work well independently as well as within a team environment. Strong organizational skills and a problem-solving mindset are required. The candidate will naturally be proactive with the ability to take initiative and ownership of responsibilities.

Ability to work and service labs, PIs, and students across multiple buildings on the Boston campus. This position requires work to be done on campus, Monday through Friday.

Strong written and verbal communication skills are required together with strong computer skills including Windows, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook). Strong proficiency with Excel required. Ability and willingness to learn new systems independently required and to evolve with technological advances as appropriate. Ability to work well independently as well as within a team environment. Strong organizational skills and a problem-solving mindset are required. The candidate will naturally be proactive with the ability to take initiative and ownership of responsibilities. Ability to work and service labs, PIs, and students across multiple buildings on the Boston campus. This position requires work to be done on campus, Monday through Friday.

Position Type

Research

Additional Information

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.


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