This position supports the Department of Chemical Engineering and the STEM Partnerships Advancing Research Knowledge (SPARK) laboratory at Northeastern University by serving as the Department Safety Officer and providing research logistical support for the SPARK lab. The Laboratory Operations and Safety Specialist will work closely with and report to the department Business Manager. The individual in this position will work closely with students, staff and faculty.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following.
Department Safety Officer and Research Logistical Support: 1. Work with Principal Investigators (PI's), departments, divisions and university offices to coordinate, facilitate, and provide logistical support for laboratory operations for research and teaching lab activities; Assists with activities and equipment associated with department research facilities; facilitates certification and maintenance of safety equipment; serves as a liaison with University Facilities Division to assist with maintaining laboratory and core facility spaces; works with service technicians for scheduling of maintenance and repairs
2. Coordinate facilities requests (placing and tracking work orders and other requests concerning departmental facilities). Coordinate facilities, transportation, and logistics when equipment is moved from one lab to another, or when major equipment is installed or removed.
3. Supervise teaching assistants, assist faculty and coordinate work for smooth and efficient operation of the laboratories. Maintain inventory of components and parts. Inform the department chair about the hardware/software and renovation needs, equipment changes, and upgrades. Provide backup to machinist/lab technician as needed.
4. Provide backup purchasing support for research labs and ensure safety of orders as needed. Coordinate the placing of orders with ChemE staff as needed.
5. Perform related duties as assigned or required.
Department Safety Officer: 1. Serving as the principal liaison with key stakeholders such the ISEC Director of Operations; COE Assistant Director Of Academic Operations; COE Assistant Director of Lab Operations; and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety; assists PIs and departments with ensuring training for personnel seeking access to laboratory and equipment. Sending 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. Serving on the University Chemical Hygiene Committee and maintain the ChemE chemical inventory database; Arranging for access (card authorization, keys, combinations, etc.) to the appropriate labs. Maintaining 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; ensuring laboratory and core facilities meet safety and regulatory standards at all times and establishing and maintaining a robust safety culture in department; work in consultation with the ChemE Business Manager to ensure fiscal compliance. Serve as Chemical Engineering Teaching Lab Back-up Support; maintain the chemical inventory and waste disposal in Units Op (UO) Lab; Maintain a safety culture within the UO Laboratory; oversee student Lab Safety Officers.
2. Maintenance of safety equipment such as biosafety cabinets and autoclaves. Maintain Chemical Engineering capital equipment inventory. Develop and maintain electronic copies of department facilities.
3. Perform related duties as assigned or required.
SPARK lab Research Operational Support: 1. Coordinate, facilitate, and provide logistical support for laboratory operations for all research activities that occur in interdisciplinary SPARK laboratory (Mugar 111); assist with all activities associated with teaching within this facility; supervise and administer all activities and equipment associated with the core research facility in the building; insure all equipment is properly maintained and serviced and that all personnel seeking access to laboratory and equipment are properly trained; serve as principle liaison with University Department of Environmental Health & Safety, insuring laboratory and core facilities meet all safety and regulatory standards and students and equipment are in compliance; serve as principle liaison with University Facilities Division insuring all laboratory and core facility services are maintained; and serve as principle liaison with University Facilities Division as any modifications, and/or improvements, are made to the laboratory or core facility. Provide purchasing support for research labs and ensure safety of orders. Perform related duties as assigned or required.
Masters degree or equivalent in chemical engineering or related field, or BS degree with five years' experience. At least 2 years of experience working in industry or academic laboratory operations in a shared laboratory setting are required. 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, PI
Internal Number: 54613
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