Jay D. Pinson Microfabrication Laboratory Manager

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: San Jose, CALIFORNIA
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: Open Until Filled; Closing Date: Open until filled
San Jose
Job ID: 507147
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Date Posted:
December 2, 2021
Closing Date:
Open until filled
Benefits Link:
CSUEU (Unit 2, 5, 7, 9)
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Job Summary

*This is a part-time (0.80 FTE) two-year temporary benefited position.*

The Jay D. Pinson Microfabrication Laboratory Manager will support and enhance capabilities and user experience in the Microscale Process Engineering Laboratory (MPEL) in the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San José State University. The incumbent reports to the Director of the General Engineering, and receives work lead direction from a multidisciplinary faculty user group (MPEL Steering Committee) to help ensure that the facility can effectively serve the needs of education and research that depend on hands-on microfabrication capabilities.   


Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure safe and clean equipment stations and work areas
  • Manage utilization and expenditures, including maintenance and consumables
  • Evaluate new projects and non-standard chemical and materials
  • Recruit, train, and supervise lab assistants
  • Organize, maintain, and disseminate documentation (e.g., standard operating procedures)
  • Facilitate consensus for decision-making among faculty and staff who are affiliated with the lab
  • Review, organize, and disseminate instructional materials (e.g., microfabrication process tutorials)
  • Train and qualify independent project users (research students, faculty, outside users)
  • Build synergistic partnerships with community and external users
  • Coordinate educational outreach efforts
  • Coordinate and lead workshops (supplies, staffing, training, etc.)


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of microfabrication processes and equipment, especially safe use of chemicals (e.g., acids and solvents) and associated hardware that are typically used in microfabrication.
  • Skill in microfabrication process development and troubleshooting related equipment, especially safe handling of chemicals that are typically used in microfabrication.
  • Ability to achieve consensus and work with diverse users in effective use of a shared facility.
  • Working knowledge of software applications: word processing, spreadsheet, database management.
  • Thorough knowledge of methods, procedures and practices; English grammar, business writing, strong oral communication skills, punctuation and spelling.
  • Ability to plan, organize and schedule work.
  • Ability to operate and repair technical and scientific equipment.
  • Strong verbal and communication skills.
  • Ability to perform accurately in a detail-oriented environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple work priorities.
  • Must possess excellent customer service and public relations skills.
  • Supervisor skills and training skills, since lab assistants and project users will report to the position


Required Qualifications

Equivalent to four years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to the area to which assigned. A combination of education and experience will be considered.


Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. or higher degree in an engineering field
  • At least 5 years of hands-on experience working with microfabrication processes and/or in a microfabrication facility
  • Experience in teaching micro engineering-related subjects and experience working with multidisciplinary academic user groups are also desirable



Classification: Instructional Support Technician III
Anticipated Hiring Range: up to $7,200/month (Full-Time: 1.0 FTE), up to $5,760/month (Part-Time: 0.80 FTE)
Salary Range: $4,283/month - $7,430/month (Full-Time: 1.0 FTE)
San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: December 2, 2021 through December 19, 2021. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


Contact Information

University Personnel


CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/  and questions may be sent to jobs@sjsu.edu .


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.
The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.
All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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