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Requisition ID:  9949

Laboratory Manager and Field Research Coordinator

Job Summary

Updated March 26, 2020: All interview and hiring processes will be postponed until later specified.  At this time, we are still accepting applications.

 

The Laboratory Manager and Field Research Coordinator will administer and manage laboratory operations for the Geomatics, Structural Mechanics and Architectural Engineering teaching Laboratories within the Lyles School of Civil Engineering. 

 

Major responsibilities are to:

  • Collaborate with faculty on the development of laboratory assignments and work with faculty and teaching assistants to prepare the laboratories for instruction
  • Ensure that equipment and necessary resources in the laboratories are operational, calibrated and available
  • Conduct labs and serve as a laboratory ambassador to outside constituencies as needed
  • Collaborate with faculty members and students in the development, planning, and performance of research projects involving experimental studies both in the lab and in the field
  • Supervise the collection of data
  • Serve as the safety officer and monitor the safety practices for the Geomatics, Structural Mechanics and Architectural Engineering teaching laboratories
  • Supervise laboratory responses regarding compliance with safety regulations and preparation for safety audits
  • Obtain and maintain laboratory certification and training in safe and appropriate use of equipment


Each laboratory has different needs and below is a short description of each.
Geomatics Lab: Familiarity with/willingness to learn how to operate digital levels, total stations, GPS/GNSS receivers, remote sensing data acquisition, laser scanners, digital photography, ArcGIS or similar software.  Experience with UAV operation is preferred.


Architectural Engineering Lab: Familiarity with/willingness to learn how to operate heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and fluid mechanics equipment; knowledge of the basic principles of thermodynamics and energy; familiarity with control processes, hardware and software; and ability to set up, train and assist in building science experiments.


Structural Mechanics Lab: Familiarity with/willingness to learn how to operate hydraulic and mechanical loading rams, load measurement, strain measurement, linear displacement and rotation measurement; experience with data acquisition systems and data collection; ability to set-up and configure standard structural experiments.

 

Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to engineering or technology
  • Two (2) years of experience in laboratory testing and data acquisition
  • Basic technical competence in dealing with and trouble-shooting one or more of the following: mechanical, electrical, electronic, and/or data acquisition systems that are typically encountered in laboratory research
  • Experience using the basic hand tools and electronics used most commonly in laboratory research
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of thermodynamics and energy
  • Familiarity with control processes
  • Ability to set up, train and assist in building science experiments
  • Strong organizational and communication skills

 

Preferred:

  • Master’s degree in engineering technology, engineering, or physics
  • Familiarity with/ability to learn hardware, software, electronics and instrumentation related to structural mechanics, geomatics and/or thermal systems
  • Experience with UAV operation
Additional Information:
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position 
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.