Laboratory Engineer

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!
Laboratory Engineer
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
USA - MA - Cambridge
Monday - Friday, 9-5
Rowland Institute at Harvard
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Reports to Associate Director for Science, the candidate will collaborate closely with the Rowland Fellows (RF’s) to design, build and implement new experiments for their research projects.
Uses experience, knowledge and insight to understand if additional technical modification is needed to achieve the goal of the experiment. 
Mentors, coordinates and provides technical expertise to RF’s on lab equipment and experiment set-up and breakdown. 
Analyzes, trouble shoots, diagnoses, maintains, and repairs mechanical and electrical experiments, systems and instrumentation. 
Provides flexible coverage for unplanned gaps or shortages in laboratory staffing, and provides continuity of knowledge. 
Communicates with equipment manufacturers to coordinate repairs and upgrades.
May assist with building and dismantling experiments. 
Manages shared laboratory instrumentation for RF’s, postdoc.s, undergraduates students, graduate students, and staff.
Serves as interface and coordinator of shared instrumentation space and equipment therein. 
List of possible shared instrumentation (not all-inclusive list):
  • UV/Vis, fluorescence and CD spectrometers
  • Centrifuges
  • Optical microscopes
  • Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Mechanical pumps
  • Freeze dry system
  • Box furnaces and vacuum heating dryer
  • Vacuum Systems
Is responsible for managing the clean room (soft lithography): supervises training of users of equipment in clean room (all users to complete CNS training),  monitors gas cylinders in clean room, regulates use of lockers and provides clean room gowns, orders supplies, etc.
List of possible clean room equipment (not all-inclusive list):
  • Karl Suss MA6
  • Headway Spinner
  • Technics 500II Plasma system
  • Dektak profilometer
  • ovens
  • sonicators
Thrives on variety in their daily work and on interaction with RF’s, students and staff. 
Other duties as required.
Bachelors Degree with minimum of three years experience in a scientific laboratory setting OR Associates Degree with a minimum of five years experience in a scientific laboratory setting.
Bachelors Degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering preferred.
Strong analytical, mechanical and problem solving skills.  Ability to prioritize and effectively execute tasks.  Strong organizational skills, creativity, self motivation and communication skills required.  Ability to effectively work with and support a diverse team.
Physical Demands:
Continuous walking, standing, sitting and manual dexterity.  Frequent bending, lifting, handling, carrying, pushing, pulling, squatting, climbing and reaching.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
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