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Teaching Lab/Operations Manager/Technical Assistant III - Biomedical Engineering

University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst

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Job Details

Job no: 511225
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Union: USA/MTA
Categories: Laboratory & Research, Administrative/Office Support, Technical, College of Engineering

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

Working time shall be in the biomedical engineering department’s undergraduate teaching laboratories throughout the year. These courses serve close to 175 students per semester and the number of students is anticipated to grow. Incumbent is responsible for a broad range of technical and administrative duties in the facility. Collaborates with the Undergraduate Program Director, Department Head, and faculty developing course procedures and developing new educational programs and courses

Essential Functions

  • Collaborates with the Undergraduate Program Director (UPD) and faculty developing course procedures and developing new educational programs. Attends laboratory course sections to assist the laboratory instructors and coordinators as needed.
  • Prepares reagents and equipment as prescribed by experimental workbooks or handouts, faculty, or other technical staff instruction in preparation of Biomedical Engineering Laboratory courses – currently BME 310, BME 414, BME 415.
  • Purchases and maintains an inventory of supplies, chemicals, instruments, equipment, hand-outs, and instructions manuals with guidance from UPD and faculty. Replaces chemicals and reagents, estimating needs sufficiently in advance to accommodate to Departmental ordering procedures. Follows department budget guidelines in collaboration with the UPD. Uses university bank card and purchasing systems (BuyWays) using university contracts when possible. Conforms to Mass Higher Ed Consortium, Campus, University, and MA State contract regulations. Consults regularly with principal vendor representatives to maintain familiarity with changes and trends in markets. Conducts comparative cost analyses of all purchases to assure best pricing. Creates and maintains an ongoing list of required off-budget instrument and equipment purchases for quick response to availability of alternative funds.
  • Prepares, assembles, calibrates, operates, demonstrates, and maintains technical equipment and computers for instructional purposes. This is done with guidance from faculty, other technical staff, and direction by representatives from instrument manufacturers, or using instrument operation manuals. Records preparative notes to supplement the instrument manuals as deemed useful to facilitate future setup and use
  • Maintains laboratory equipment and performs minor repairs when needed. Analyzes and determines when assistance is necessary for major repairs to ensure proper functioning of equipment..
  • Works with university OIT to purchase and help maintain computers used in teaching lab.
  • Maintains a well-organized set of demonstration materials. Develops new demonstrations to support curriculum using information from literature searches combined with input from faculty and from personal technical experience when requested. Ensures that all exercises follow proper technical and safety practices
  • Organizes and maintains laboratory conditions to conform to all state and federal safety regulations. Works closely with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Designs and administers hazardous waste disposal system in collaboration with EHS personnel. Provides advanced lab safety training to staff. Produces and updates instructional safety documentation for graduate teaching assistant presentation to undergraduate students. Confers with Physical Plant and building management personnel to request repairs, develops proactive responses to developing problems, and arrange for newly required infrastructure modifications. Maintains facility as a model lab for EHS sponsored safety tours and university sponsored tours by officials and parent-student groups.
  • Supervises, monitors, and provides training and mentoring to graduate teaching assistants (TA’s) in cooperation with the UPD. Provides laboratory-based source for course rules and procedures, along with technical support, during lab classes. Monitors class activities for proper TA procedures, including proper instruction of undergraduate students and safe practices. Develops and supervises TA post-lab shutdown procedures.
  • Interviews, hires, trains, and supervises undergraduate preparative assistants and post laboratory clean up and set up assistants. Provides specific on-going training in procedures necessary for safe work in the laboratory. Schedules work times and balances workloads with students’ academic needs.
  • Performs outreach activities as requested by the department. Outreach activities include preparing and giving lecture demonstration presentations to the public and assisting faculty in preparation of demonstration materials for outreach purposes. Other activities related to outreach can also include advertising, reagent and materials preparation, and ordering of supplies.
  • Assists in the preparation and teaching of summer programs or workshops as directed by the department and in conjunction with University Without Walls.
  • Safety officer for the teaching labs; coordinates with and is the back-up for the department’s Research Lab/Operations Manager.

Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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

  • Associate’s degree with a major in biomedical engineering or related field OR an equivalent combination of education and training.
  • Committed to the ideas and implementation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Ability to work in a courteous, collaborative, and collegial manner with faculty, other staff, students, international scholars, and visitors with diverse backgrounds and training.
  • Ability to prepare reagents on a large scale (i.e., for the use of 175+ students).
  • Ability to physically move lab equipment, tools, and materials when necessary.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to give instruction in a precise, understandable manner.
  • Proficient in instruction and operation of undergraduate laboratory equipment.
  • Must be able to pick up and safely move 50 lbs of laboratory equipment, chemical, and gases.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or related field.
  • Considerable knowledge of the fundamental principles of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Experience in large scale preparative techniques, and in the operation and general maintenance of equipment generally used in biomedical engineering laboratories.
  • Knowledge of safety regulations, practices, and procedures followed in a biomedical engineering laboratory.
  • Strong communication skills: must interact in a collegially and welcoming manner with biomedical engineering faculty, staff, and students, with extra-departmental university personnel, and with outside vendor sales and technical representatives.
  • Strong organization skills with the ability to set goals assess and act on work priorities.
  • Considerable experience in the use of standard computer software used in administering a laboratory environment, including word processors, spreadsheets, web browsers.
  • Ability to trouble shoot common windows based computer problems to maintain teaching labs computers.
  • Experience in training individuals in biomedical engineering protocols and procedures.
  • The ability to assess experimental procedures and streamline them to provide more efficient preparations and reduce the costs associated with large scale biomedical engineering preparations.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Able to lift and move 50 lbs
  • Typical workshop/laboratory conditions

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Occasional out-of-hours work may be required when responding to emergencies.

Salary Information

Grade 15 USA/MTA

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications may be accepted until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

To apply, please submit your application online and provide a cover letter, resume, 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: Jan 20 2022 Eastern Standard Time
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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