Lab Coordinator II, Biomedical Engineering

at University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Lab Coordinator II, Biomedical Engineering

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College / VP Area:College of Engineering

Work type: Staff

Location: Newark

Categories: 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 environment.

Major Responsibilities:

+ Oversees all aspects of research and instructional laboratory operations in locations spanning multiple buildings. Orders, receives, monitors, and maintains alldepartment-levelresearch 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 laboratory/facilities renovations/repairs.

+ 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 hazards.

+ 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 considerations.

+ 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 personnel.

+ Monitor departmental laboratories on a regular basis

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Job Posting: JC202783797

Posted On: Jan 23, 2022

Updated On: Mar 26, 2022