Research Operations Manager

Job description

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

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Classification Title:

Research Operations Manager - Journey

Working Title:

Research Operations Manager

Salary Range:

$56,696 - $60,733

Anticipate Hiring Range:

$56,696 - $60,733

FLSA Status:

Non Exempt


Academic Affairs


College of Engineering (Col)

Work Unit:

Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science

Work Schedule:

40 hours per week; may require a flexible work schedule due to lab coverage and course times.

Primary Purpose of Position:

Maintain electrical and mechanical equipment used by faculty in the Mechanical Engineering (ME) instructional and research laboratories and demonstrations. Supervision of student workers, co-op workers, teaching assistants to deliver reliable and technically up-to-date laboratory experiences. Supervision of student design laboratories.

Minimum Education/Experience:

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and two years of general research experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

University Preferred Qualifications:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major related to assigned field and two years of experience in laboratory management; or graduation from high school and five years of experience as a research technician, research mechanic, or university laboratories mechanic; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Essential Job Duties:

Sets up undergraduate laboratory experiments for materials and fluid labs in process of developing TA training materials for undergraduate labs. Assists faculty and staff in the machine shop and metrology labs. Sets up power tools in project labs. Responsible for set up and tear down of all assigned instructional labs. Acts as liaison for labs within assigned department and Facilities Engineering Specialist and outside contractors as necessary. Uses computerized database to manage inventory. Supervises TA’s in inventory of tool sets. Supports central administration in tracking inventory and purchase orders. Gives careful attention to safety in a busy student user lab involving power tools and equipment. Develops evacuation plans and safety rules for various labs. Develops lab manuals.
Develops plans to build and add necessary devices to labs. Troubleshoots and analyzes hardware problems. Designs and fabricates specialized one-of-a-kind tooling and apparatus to support instructional and research groups. Consults with faculty to understand instructional needs and develops plans to build and add equipment or devised to support these needs. Maintains files of operating booklets, manuals, and service procedures and makes available upon request. Provides supervision in ways and means of trade skills such as metal working, carpentry, and electronics to students in undergraduate design labs. Provides instruction, training, and supervision necessary to make productive use of time consistent with university and college procedures. Prepares purchase requisitions, receiving and final pickup signatures for equipment delivered to the department. Develops budgetary estimates for equipment purchases based on enrollment projections and maintenance of all apparatus under his/her responsibility.

Departmental Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and five years of applicable experience desirable.

Good working knowledge of Windows, UNIX, or equivalent.

Knowledge of all experiments conducted as part of the MEES labs.

Technician experience in a major R&D, industrial, or government laboratory.

Working knowledge of CAD packages, CMMs, and machine tool and metrology standards is a plus.

Work Location:

Duke 238

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Special Notes to Applicants:

Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application.

  • Do not write ‘see resume’ on your application when completing the job duties section.

If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment).

  • Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from being considered but may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

  • These documents will be used to evaluate your written communication skills as well as supporting documents of your knowledge, skills, abilities, education and professional experience.




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Job No:
Posted: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 9/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time