Director of Fabrication and Characterization Facilities

Boulder, CO
Jun 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Director of Fabrication and Characterization Facilities will spend a majority of time leading and building a state of the art operations of the Colorado Nanofabrication Laboratory and Nanocharacterization Laboratory facilities within the department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering. This position will primarily manage laboratory finances, train and maintain the usage of nanofabrication and nanocharacterization equipment, and lead all marketing plans to target and attract internal and external groups to our laboratory facilities.

Who we are:

As technology becomes integral to our everyday experiences, electrical and computer engineers are increasingly in demand by a wide range of industries. Electrical and computer engineers help develop everything from the smallest consumer devices to the largest, most complex computer networks.

ECEE at CU Boulder is the premier undergraduate and graduate program in Colorado by reputation, rankings and size. We are also:
  • Part of one of the top-ranked engineering schools in the nation.
  • Ranked 25th among public electrical engineering graduate programs, and 27th among public computer engineering graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report
  • Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET:

What your key responsibilities will be:

Laboratory Administration and Equipment Maintenance
  • Provide expert guidance to current and potential users on appropriate usage of equipment including mask fabrication, spinners, and mask aligner, wet chemical stations, thin film deposition systems, plasma assisted dry etch and deposition systems, as well as a large variety of nanocharacterization equipment.
  • Ensures continued safe and reliable operation for all users.
  • Manage laboratory finances including insuring systems for user tracking and billing are appropriate, generating financial reports, directing expenditures and maintaining appropriate financial health of the facilities.
  • Generate financial reports and rate sheets to identify equipment needs and/or updates and implement financial planning and purchasing of all laboratory requirements. Provide recommendations and reporting to the department chair and faculty oversight committee.
  • Analyze user needs, existing capability and potential expansion areas to provide recommendations on acquisition, repair and retirement of equipment. Assist in proposals for and installation of new equipment, construction, and capital improvements.
  • Monitor the operational status of instruments, processes, and facilities and direct maintenance and repair tasks as needed as well as oversee the ordering of laboratory supplies. Document equipment maintenance history, modifications, and upgrades.
  • Create and execute standard processes for operation to maintain safe, consistent and high-quality user service facilities. This ensures properly training lab employees to maintain compliance with appropriate safety, environmental, chemical and financial regulations.
  • Perform other administrative duties including miscellaneous payroll, insurance claims, and other paperwork as necessary.

Laboratory Growth and Future Planning
  • Create marketing plans for the laboratory and identify potential users not yet targeted for laboratory use. Connect with internal and external constituencies to maintain a sustainable user base.
  • Collaborate with and maintain user relationships, identify user needs/wants, and create plans for future growth of the laboratory.
  • Ensure capability for current and future user research needs through equipment purchase plans, staff needs and training and process development.
  • Meet with appropriate department and college leaders to implement strategic planning in becoming state of the art NCF and CNL facilities.
  • Write and submit proposals to pursue grant funding.

Staff Supervision and Other Responsibilities
  • Manages staff, directly supervising a full-time employee, and any student assistants, to ensure timely delivery of lab deliverables and milestones. Provides vision, leadership and management to accomplish our mission of the lab and ECEE program.
  • Serves as a hiring manager revising current and new position descriptions for filling vacancies and reevaluating technical positions.
  • Evaluates annual performance and on a continuous basis for coaching and performance feedback, setting goals, cultural leadership, and any disciplinary action as needed.
  • Provides day-to-day management of lab employees with development and feedback.
  • Exercises appropriate independent decision making to solve managerial or lab problems associated with students or faculty administrative support
  • Ensures employees comply with University and College policies. Approves leave requests, overtime, and monthly or bi-weekly timesheets.
  • Undertakes other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

What you should know:
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire

What we can offer:

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What we require:
  • A MS or PhD in electrical or mechanical engineering, material science, physics, chemistry, or related field.
  • Five years of experience in nanotechnology fabrication and/or manufacturing.

What you will need:
  • Experience in microfabrication and nanochacterization processes, tools and operations including the clean room processes and facilities development, management and maintenance.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective communication, organization, operational, and leadership skills.
  • Exceptionally strong leadership and networking skills.
  • Creative problem solver with strong critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated management skills and the ability to work effectively with decision-makers across all levels within an organization.
  • Proficient project manager with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Detail-oriented with strong ability to understand constituent needs and lead teams toward a common goal.
  • Ability to guide strategic development and sustainable growth.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Management experience that includes both personnel and budgetary responsibilities.
  • Experience in writing research proposals

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by June 20, 2017.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-09692.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Research Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10334 - Elect, Comp & Energy Engr Dept

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 30, 2017

Closing Date: Jun 20, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00733972


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