ADDFab / Device Characterization Core Facility Director

Job description

Job no: 507580
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Personalized Health Monitoring
Union: PSU
Categories: Laboratory & Research, Professional Staff Union (PSU), Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst seeks a Core Facility Director for the Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication (ADDFab) and Device Characterization facilities, located in the Life Science Laboratory building. The Director will be expected to oversee the day-to-day operations of the facilities including maintenance and operation of 3D printing and related digital manufacturing equipment, implementation of safety protocols, operational and chemical handling procedures in accordance with applicable safety regulations, protocols and policies. The Director will be expected to participate in the research and development of new approaches to additive manufacturing. Additionally, the Director will provide technical leadership, manage technical support staff in the facility, facilitate and execute research and development work for external and internal users, and provide training for students, staff, and scientific personnel.

Essential Functions

  • Reporting to the IALS Core Facilities Director, the Director will be responsible for the logistical aspects of the facilities, including physical space, daily operations, technical, financial, and personnel aspects of the ADDFab and Device Characterization cores.
  • Provides operational training to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and external collaborators. This includes providing technical assistance, demonstrations, and the execution of proof-of-concept studies. Responsible for certifications and all operations.
  • Maintains a safe laboratory environment in accordance with Environmental Health and Safety directives, storing and collecting hazardous materials according to guidelines. Regularly tests emergency equipment and inspects hazardous waste streams. Keeps chemical inventory updated, monitors the safe practices of Facility users and serves as the Safety Training Manager and administrator for the facility.
  • Provides design engineering consulting, including design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) and mechanical design.
  • Director to provide senior level engineering and utilize student resources for junior level engineering.
  • Manages day-to-day maintenance of the Facility equipment, including routine calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Maintains a clean and organized Facility.
  • Interacts with instrument companies regarding hardware and software upgrades.
  • Initiates engagement with private industries/academic institutions/government labs/funding agencies to encourage partnership and facilitate sponsored projects. The Director is also encouraged to proactively seek external funding either independently or in collaboration with others.
  • Schedules and performs tours and demonstrations of the facilities to visitors and interested parties.
  • Creates and implements a networking strategy that will support the generation of new project opportunities.
  • Identifies and recommends or participates in relevant conferences, business, academic, and technical seminars, trade meetings, etc. to make new contacts, identify new engagement opportunities to promote the facility, attract funding and encourage collaborations.
  • In collaboration with IALS Administration, prepare lab operating budget, estimate project specific charges for machine/user time, materials/supplies cost, negotiates service contracts with vendors, and suggests/implements policies that utilizes financial resources effectively.
  • Assists the faculty in the development and execution of additive fabrication lab courses or modules.
  • Organizes ADDFab/Device Characterization Faculty Advisory Committee meetings, offering recommendations for any beneficial changes to protocols and practices of the Facility.
  • In conjunction with the ADDFab/Device Characterization Faculty Advisory Committee, recommends selection and purchase of new laboratory capabilities that meet future anticipated needs and maintain state-of-the-art capabilities.

Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • B.S. in engineering, applied sciences, manufacturing or related fields required.
  • Five years’ operational experience required.
  • Knowledge of safe operation of 3D printing instruments, including metal operations, pre- and post- processes, and the safe handling of metal powders.
  • Knowledge of principles of laboratory operation and management.
  • Ability to maintain productive relationships in a laboratory environment and in user interactions.
  • Strong business and technical background with an ability to engage in technical discussions with customers/partners regarding product and application uses.
  • Knowledge of scientific methods and research requirements.
  • Must be detail oriented and meticulous regarding documentation and data management.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects in parallel and rapidly adjust to changing priorities.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Masters or PhD preferred.
  • Experience collaborating with industrial partners preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more areas of advanced manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated experience in design engineering consulting.
  • Experience conducting research in an academic environment is preferred.
  • Environmental Health and Safety laboratory safety trainings relevant to ADDFab and Device Characterization will be required, and must be kept up to date.
  • Ability to maintain productive relationships with faculty, researchers, students and external collaborators including industry partners.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Work may involve occasional light to moderate exertion or physical effort.

Additional Details

The Facility Director will receive direct supervision from the IALS Core Facilities Director with guidance and input from the ADDFab and Device Characterization steering committees.

Salary Information

Level 33

PSU Salary Range

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications to begin 03/31/2021 and continue until position is filled. Required application materials include a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Mar 17 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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Posted: 3/24/2021
Application Due: 6/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time