Core Laboratory Engineer

Updated: 22 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 May 2021


Khalifa University is a world-class, research-intensive institution in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The University’s mission is to seamlessly integrate research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in science, engineering, and medicine, and also to be a catalyst towards Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision for a knowledge-based economy. Khalifa University has two campuses in the city of Abu Dhabi – the KU Main Campus and the Sas Al Nakhl Campus, the latter housing two of KU’s flagship research institutes: Masdar Institute and Petroleum Institute.


The Core Lab Engineer is responsible for providing high-quality operational support in the University Research labs, performing a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of relevant research laboratories, which includes equipment management, the maintenance of equipment and research support facilities, the training of staff, the compliance of the lab with University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) regulations, and the proper and safe use of equipment and materials. The Core Lab Engineer will promote a culture of continuous improvement in order to ensure the shared laboratories continue to provide excellent levels of research user services.


Operational Responsibilities

Laboratory Safety

Drive practices and metrics that ensure the laboratories operate in compliance with all aspects of Khalifa University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) policies.

Laboratory Operations

Coordinate operational policies and procedures and work with research staff on issues which impact laboratory services.
Coordinate and supervise the performance of routine and specialized technical procedures in assigned laboratories.
Assist with laboratory goals and operational procedures for quality, efficiency, and waste reduction.

Technical Support

Ensure lab equipment is operational to the maximum extent possible and improve operations through efficient use of existing equipment.
Monitors functionality of new equipment to ensure compliance.
Improves lab operations through efficient use of existing equipment.
Coordinate the installation of new equipment and maintaining the inventory of all lab equipment.

Resource Management

Assist in the determination of fiscal requirements and in the preparation of budgetary recommendations, including recommending capital equipment expenditures, ensure appropriate resource levels, and comply with organizational expenditure requirements.
Supervise and manage the inventory of commonly used lab supplies, maintenance parts, and any other items related to research lab operations.
Evaluates technical requirements based on bids received from potential vendors for the purchase of lab equipment.
Ensure information on the lab website is kept up to date including all training schedules, equipment schedules, and equipment descriptions.
Guide the faculty and researchers on the purchase of consumables and accessories for equipment.

Research Services

Contribute to the continued innovation and development of the research program.
Maintain liaison with investigators, research personnel, and staff to solve specific operating problems and improve technical activities. 

Other Responsibilities

Adhere to the University’s information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly.
Coordinate with other departments to facilitate the accomplishment of tasks and responsibilities, as and when needed.
Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager. 


Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in a related discipline.

Required Experience

Expats: A minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience in research laboratories

UAE Nationals: A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience in research laboratories

Required hands-on experience in the following:


Hot-wire and hot-film anemometers
Pressure scanners, Pitot tubes, and multi-hole probes
Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) systems
Laser-Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) systems
Force balance
Flow seeding and visualization equipment and consumables
Data acquisition systems (DAQ), cameras, and optical components
Traverse systems
Abrasive cutting wheel
Drill press
Combination shear
Rolling machine
Instrumentation platform
Sun aureole measurement
C S Pond
Energy nest project
Azelio project
Wahaj project


Develop/maintain programs in Lab View for control and monitor of wind tunnel systems, such as the fan, traversing system, cooling system, turntables, and data acquisition system
Develop/maintain programs in Lab View and Matlab for the different measurement techniques and relative data acquisition. Review test data for accuracy and completeness.
Troubleshoot and isolate problems with aerodynamic test performance or data quality.
Design, construction, and instrumentation of wind tunnel models, maintenance, and supply of the associated workshop
Management of the outsourcing of manufacturing of advanced models.
Specify and procure equipment needed to support aerodynamic testing
Cutting metals
Shearing sheet metal
Rolling metal sheets
Cutting metals
Pressing or compacting metals
Cutting metals
Various measuring Instruments for solar and weather heliostats are used for daylighting or for the production of concentrated solar power
Measure sun and weather condition
Melting slot in high temperature
Producing energy for oil
Melting aluminum
Melting steel


A complete application includes curriculum vitae, cover letter, photo, and the names and contact information of three references.

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