Human Resources

Environmental Engineering Laboratory and Instrumentation Manager

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Department: Civil, Environ & Geospatial Engrg
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Management, Research

Department: Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The Environmental Engineering Laboratory and Instrumentation Manager will primarily support the teaching and research activities of the Environmental Engineering Program in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering (CEGE). The position will advance the strategic goals of the Department and University, including creating high-impact undergraduate programs, growing and strengthening graduate programs, and developing strong and sustainable research programs. This position will promote the safe and effective operation of these activities. This position will report to the Chair of the CEGE Department. The Environmental Engineering Laboratory and Instrumentation Manager will work closely with the Environmental Engineering faculty to fulfill the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Specific duties related to teaching are to:

-maintain and calibrate equipment used in instructional laboratories, and maintain and operate Environmental Process and Simulation Laboratory unit treatment processes;

-participate in team instruction of CEE4509 Environmental Process and Simulation Laboratory;

-identify, organize, track, and order supplies, consumables, and small equipment;

-assist faculty in coordinating and training graduate students and staff in instrument operation, ordering of supplies, and safety practices; and

-assist department/laboratory supervisors with maintaining laboratory safety documents and personal protective wear, and identify and implement necessary safety measures for instructional labs.

Specific duties related to research are to:

-assist faculty in development of user policies, methods documentation, and safety protocols for laboratory research equipment including, but not limited to, gas and liquid chromatography, spectrometry and spectrophotometry, microscopy, and polymerase chain reaction-based instruments;

-assist faculty with maintenance of research equipment and instrumentation; and

-provide training to graduate students and other staff in the safe operation of research equipment and analytical instrumentation.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • B.S. degree in environmental or chemical engineering, chemistry, or related field

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

  • 1 year of relevant work experience or graduate degree in one of the above fields

Desirable Education and/or Experience

  • A graduate degree, or at least 3 years experience in laboratory supervision, teaching, and equipment troubleshooting; Hazmat training

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Demonstrated ability to operate/maintain a wide range of analytical equipment and instruments (e.g., gas and liquid chromatography, spectrometry and spectrophotometry, microscopy, and/or polymerase chain reaction-based instruments);

Mechanical equipment troubleshooting and repair, electronics troubleshooting, and plumbing skills;

Demonstrated ability to write technical documents such as standard operating procedures, equipment operating manuals, and bids or proposals;

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries, and interface well with diverse members of the scientific research and education community, including students, staff, and faculty; and

Demonstrated commitment to a culture of safety

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Ability to support faculty in securing and carrying out extramurally funded research grants

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The typical work environment is a laboratory requiring appropriate personal protective equipment.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable Based on Experience and Qualifications

Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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