Research Lab Manager

College Park, Maryland
Jun 09, 2022
Jul 14, 2022
Management, Other
Full Time

Research Lab Manager

** This position is located in Saint Mary’s County, Maryland

The A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland is seeking a Research Lab Manager to spearhead the operations of the newly formed Maryland Autonomous Technologies Research and Innovation and eXploration (MATRIX) Lab at University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM). Reporting to the Director of Research Innovation and Outreach, the Lab Manager is responsible for the execution of the Director’s strategic plan for all operations in the MATRIX.

The Research Lab Manager manages and supports the administration and operations of the research labs in the new Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology (SMART) Building at USMSM. Serving as the expert for the research facility and the equipment for the Clark School at the MATRIX, the position actively works with researchers and students from academia, and industry and government agencies to ensure safe operation of equipment, provide additional skills instruction, and advise on research design and construction, including issues such as selection of components and applications.

The Research Lab Manager supports research activities across the USMSM campus by working with researchers to help design and then fabricate components for various applications. In addition to the MATRIX, the Lab Manager works with the education component of the SMART Building and supporting their lab manager and equipment and facilities. The position coordinates and supports academic courses and extracurricular projects that utilize the MATRIX and hires, trains, and oversees a variety of graduate and undergraduate research assistants/students.

The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland serves as the catalyst for high-quality research, innovation, and learning, preparing our students to create innovations that will address the21st century Grand Challenges (e.g., energy, environment, security, and human health) and improve the human condition. The Clark School is dedicated to leading and transforming the engineering discipline and profession, to accelerating entrepreneurship, and to transforming research and learning activities into new innovations that benefit millions.


• Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in a technology industry OR

• Associate’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience in a technology industry


• Experience in the use and maintenance of machine tools and prototyping equipment including, but not limited to hand tools, power tools, CNC milling machines, and/or 3D printers.

• Advanced experience using Solidworks, MasterCam, and/or CAD/CAM software.

• Previous experience with, and knowledge of, mechanical design, fabrication, testing, and troubleshooting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Ability to execute multiple projects, meet scheduled milestones, and meet deliverables on time with high quality outputs.

• Experience establishing and implementing safety and training procedures.

• Detail-oriented with excellent leadership, organizational, communication, and oral and written presentation skills.

• Ability to analyze and adapt to ambiguous situations, develop plans, and ensure successful and efficient implementation.

• Strong skills to build and maintain working relationships with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community and complex environment.

• Proficient in working with Microsoft Office tools.


• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or closely related discipline.

• Breadth in skills and/or experience across multiple disciplines of engineering.

• Experience teaching and/or working with students in either formal and /or informal settings to train them to safely and effectively use machine tools and research equipment including, including, such as hand tools, power tools, drill presses, band saws, lathes, knee mills, CNC milling machines, TIG welding, woodworking, water-jet cutting, 3D printers, laser cutters, and/or others.

• Experience in a college/university setting, preferably in a student or research shop.

• Experience in the design and fabrication of research apparatus based on verbal and/or written instructions.

• Organizational skills to prioritize work and handle multiple requests simultaneously from a broad range of customers.

• Experience tracking or managing a budget.

Job Risks:

Respiratory Protection

Physical Demands:

• Frequently work near moving mechanical parts and exposed dusty surfaces, toxic or non-toxic chemicals, and odorous environments.

• Noise level in the work environment can be loud.

• Work is conducted near electrical circuits, use of measuring instruments on live electrical circuits requires dexterity and caution.

• Use of research equipment extends to the outdoor environment where conditions may be cold, hot, humid and/or windy, and on uneven terrain.

• Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds, as needed.

• Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects.

• Must have correctable vision to perform duties of the job.

• Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for extended times.

• Availability to work non-traditional hours including some weekends, early mornings, and late evenings, as necessary.


Additional Information

• Please submit a cover letter, current resume, and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references.

Campus/College Information

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Diversity Statement

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment

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