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Job Summary The Lab Manager will oversee the operation of a laboratory/research facility and clean room for a Caltech faculty member and research group in Applied Physics and Materials Science (APhMS). This position provides technical support to the students and postdocs in the labs through the fabrication and supervises all maintenance of equipment and infrastructure.
Job Duties - Supervises the day-to-day operation of the labs (two optics labs, an electronics lab, and a clean room). - Maintains inventory of tools, materials, and supplies. - Administers preventive maintenance and repair of equipment, instruments by Caltech staff. - Administers purchase of equipment and supplies for research group and laboratories. - Maintains operation of instruments and equipment and supervises vendors in installation and repair of equipment. - Develops budget for and maintains operations of clean room. - Trains users on proper operation of instruments. Orient new laboratory members to location of instruments and associated supplies. - Maintains lab safety, train students in safety procedures, and communicate with campus safety office; document and communicate laboratory and facility procedures. - Supports students and postdocs in the fabrication of new equipment and infrastructure for experiments. - Participates in classes to learn about new equipment and new machining techniques, and educate the research group about such topics. - Furthers the development and maintenance of the laboratory machine shop. - Provides lab tours. - General support of all research efforts in the lab. - Other duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications - At least 2 years of Trade-Technical College, with a focus on courses such as: automotive, machining, information technology, computer aided design, and computer coding or equivalent experience. - 8+ years of experience. - A high level of craftsmanship, and a thorough knowledge of mechanical design, materials, tools, units, and basic measurement techniques. - Attention to detail, excellent problem-solving, and debugging skills. - An ability to learn quickly and transfer that knowledge to others through teaching/documentation. - Ability to work independently, with very minimal supervision. A high level of responsibility and organization. - Teamwork skills and an ability to collaborate with coworkers having diverse skills and backgrounds. - Strong communication and presentation skills. - Must be on-site during peak hours (10am-4pm, Monday through Friday), and must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed. - Proficiency with the following software: Word, Excel, Gmail, and PowerPoint.
Preferred Qualifications - Bachelor's degree in engineering or sciences or equivalent education and experience a plus. - Experience in using Solidworks for CAD a plus. - Caltech experience.
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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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