Undergraduate Laboratory Support Engineer

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at CSU is recognized both nationally and internationally for its education, research, and service and outreach programs, and is ranked in the top 40 of such programs in the USA. The CEE Department consists of 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 16 research scientists/scholars, 27 research associates, and 11 administrative professionals. Additional information about the CEE Department can be found at http://www.engr.colostate.edu/ce/. Air quality research and teaching at CSU spans several departments, including Atmospheric Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Soil and Crop Sciences, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere. The CSU Partnership for Air Quality, Climate, and Health serves to build community across these units, in addition to engaging key stakeholders so that our work produces beneficial impacts in Colorado, the U.S., and abroad.

Position Summary

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University is seeking a lab support engineer to provide long-term, consistent, professional support of its instructional laboratories (Structures & Materials, Concrete, Soil Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Fluid dynamics). This is a full-time, 12-month position.

Required Job Qualifications

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant STEM discipline.
  2. Ability to lift lab equipment weighing up to 45 lbs, tools and materials when necessary. Ability to move lab equipment, tools and materials when necessary.
  3. Experience with an instrumentation-related laboratory (e.g., metrology, structures, materials, robotics…)
  4. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  5. Ability to work with Windows OS, MS Office (specifically Excel); demonstrated knowledge/experience with engineering application software including but not necessarily limited to LabVIEW.
  6. Self-driven and able to work independently with minimal supervision.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  1. Three plus years relevant industry or academic experience in an experimental laboratory.
  2. Ability to work with various groups of people including students, faculty, staff and other collaborators both within the University and external to the University.
  3. Experience with instrumentation, data loggers, sensors (acquisition, installation, application, calibration, recording), and controls
  4. Fabrication experience.
  5. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.
  6. Ability to work with a wide variety of PC computers at the hardware level (ie memory, hard drives, optical and other storage devices, both wired and wireless networking) and the ability to do necessary system backups and computer cloning.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Lab Operations Duty/Responsibility

  • Be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the equipment in the undergraduate laboratories. This includes, but is not limited to, maintenance, repair, reconfiguration, and operations of equipment.
  • Work with faculty to maintain and upgrade/replace laboratory equipment and supplies and support infrastructure as necessary
  • Assist with developing written laboratory practices, protocols and lab manuals.
  • Implement new apparatus, experiments, control software and GUI’s, and infrastructure.
  • Modify, debug, and implement control software (e.g., LabView, MatLab, etc.).
  • Install, maintain and repair a variety of data acquisition systems and software packages.
  • Maintain, trouble shoot and repair/replace computer systems used for data acquisition and testing machine control.
  • Install new equipment including but not limited to testing machines, data acquisition systems, controls, pumps, valves, meters, etc.
  • Assist when necessary in the Department’s research labs.

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Student Staff Supervision and Mentoring Duty/Responsibility

  • Work closely with Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) to ensure that undergraduate lab sections are prepared for and executed as planned.
  • Supervision of undergraduate student assistant(s).
  • Ensure undergraduate labs are operated in a safe manner.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Lab Administration Duty/Responsibility

  • Coordinate training, tracking and disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Serve as the Building Proctor for the teaching lab area.
  • Manage laboratory fees in consultation with Department staff.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Inventory Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Manage all CEE undergraduate lab tools and equipment on loan.
  • Be responsible for maintaining and updating the Department’s capital equipment inventory.
  • Execute proper disposal of excess, defective or obsolete equipment for the Department.
  • Manage inventory of consumables (test samples, pressure and temperature sensors, load cells, cabling, electrical and electronic spares, hydraulic spares, cleaning supplies, etc…).

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Karan Venayagamoorthy, karan.venayagamoorthy@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.