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Lab Manager
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Date Posted 05/19/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type Fac.Non-Tenured,Cont
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Number:



Faculty Assistant

Functional Title:

Lab Manager

Category Status:

15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category:



ENGR-Electrical & Computer Engineering

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.

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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 return.umd.edu 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of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park is seeking a Lab Manager to support the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Programs at the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM).

The Lab Manager works directly with the Directors of the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Programs at USMSM and coordinates with the IT and Technical Operations of the respective departments at the College Park campus. Regular duties of the position include the following:

General tasks
  • Escalate issues that cannot be resolved to the College Park IT and/or Technical Operations team to determine how to move forward.
  • Work with hardware vendors to arrange for warranty service for equipment when necessary.
  • Report the status of lab operations weekly to the Director of Technical Operations for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Program Director at USMSM.
  • Perform other tasks assigned by the Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Program Director.
Technical Operations related tasks
  • Set up laboratories
  • Initial lab setup
  • Daily: As lab rooms may be used by different courses in the same day, ensure needed equipment for each is in place before the beginning of lab session; This includes Electrical and Computer Engineering Course and Mechanical Enge courses as well as any other future degrees that may share space and equipment.
  • Communicate with faculty in advance of the semester to identify all parts and equipment needed for courses, order as needed.
  • Assist faculty with experiment designs and implementation
In-lab support
  •  Know equipment operations and help troubleshoot as needed
  • Keep consumables (resistors, ICS, etc.) supplied to the lab
Maintain lab facilities and equipment
  • Perform regular testing of equipment
  • Liaison with University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland facilities personnel on all building issues that affect laboratories.
Information Technology related tasks
  • Work with professors to ensure desired software is available in the appropriate labs.
  •  Ensure professors’ desired software is appropriately licensed for academic use. 
  • Troubleshoot issues that arise with computers and software in the labs.
  • Keep computers in the lab patched and up to date to help prevent security issues and ensure they are compliant with University security policies.
The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland serves as the catalyst for high-quality research, innovation, and learning, delivering on a promise that all graduates will leave ready to impact the Grand Challenges (e.g., energy, environment, security, and human health) of the 21st century. 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering field
  • A minimum of five years of full-time employment in a university, national/federal, and/or industrial laboratory may substitute for the bachelor’s degree requirement
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Demonstrated hands-on ability to build a lab
  • Demonstrated ability to build and test electronic circuits
  • Working knowledge of electronic and mechanical equipment
  • Working knowledge of software to control equipment
  • Familiarity and ability to learn and acquire knowledge of new technologies
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently, and with a team, on complex projects and demonstrate competency, diplomacy, and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work and problem solve in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment, prioritizing tasks, thinking proactively, and using good judgment and experience to make decisions and maintain deadlines.


Priority may be given to candidates with prior experience in:
  • Extensive experience in building and running a scientific or engineering laboratory
  • Expertise in modern equipment (precision electronics, metal and non-metal machining, 3D printing, etc.)

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


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.
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