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Laboratory Program Director

University of Kansas   Lawrence, KS   Full-time     Science
Posted on November 8, 2021
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Laboratory Program Director

Position Overview

The Laboratory Program Director will play a lead role in all Mechanical Engineering laboratories, in collaboration with other professionals, including but not limited to materials testing and experimental measurements laboratories, student research laboratories, and laboratories affiliated with cornerstone (freshman) and capstone (senior) projects. Specific job responsibilities include 1) Teaching and/or supervising graduate teaching assistants in laboratory courses in Mechanical Engineering. 2) Purchase, maintain, and calibrate equipment for all Mechanical Engineering teaching labs, including integrating computer data acquisition and control systems with test equipment. 3) Play the lead role in departmental inventory and space control. 4) Supervise Mechanical Engineering staff persons and student helpers, as appropriate.

Job Description

60% - Teaching and coordination of undergraduate mechanical engineering laboratories, including but not limited to the following:
  • Teach Fall and Spring ME 455 Mechanical Engineering Measurements & Experimentation.
  • Supervise graduate teaching assistant instruction of laboratory courses as needed.
  • Assist faculty members in setting up and dismantling hardware for both required and elective mechanical engineering laboratory courses.
  • Assist faculty members and graduate teaching assistants who teach mechanical engineering courses with in-lecture demonstrations.
  • Develop multimedia and technology resources for undergraduate laboratory courses and demonstration experiments, such as but not limited to collection of data from remotely-located experiments and analysis of the data in classroom settings.
  • Assist students and faculty advisors in the design and operation of experiments, devices, and prototypes in cornerstone (freshman) and capstone (senior) design courses.
15% - Manage personnel and resources, including but not limited to the following:
  • Supervise, train, schedule, and evaluate one or several mechanical engineering staff persons.
  • Work with faculty members to train Graduate Teaching Assistants.
  • Coordinate with the departmental accountant to budget and track laboratory expenses.
  • Specify, order, install, and troubleshoot new and/or existing teaching laboratory equipment.

15% - Assist student researchers in troubleshooting equipment in research laboratories. May engage in grant writing for education-related projects. Compiles and disseminates findings for publication and/or presentations, as appropriate.

5% - Assist faculty members and the department staff in the setup, maintenance, and renovation of departmental laboratory spaces. Serve as the interface with university personnel to update/renovate/modify laboratory space.

5% - Other duties as determined by the Department Chair.

Position Requirements

This position is required to work on-site.

Required Qualifications

  1. Master of Science degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field, with a minimum of 3 years of relevant, hands-on experience directly related to the job description.
  2. Minimum of 3 years of experience in programming language, such as but not limited to: MATLAB, C++.
  3. Minimum of 3 years of experience in data collection and analysis.
  4. Minimum of 3 years of experience in specifying and using experimentation, including instrumentation and measurements involving mechanical systems, electro-mechanical systems, and/or thermal-mechanical systems.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively, as demonstrated in application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field, with a minimum of 3 years of relevant, hands-on experience directly related to the job description.
  2. 5 years of experience programming with MATLAB or similar.
  3. 5 years of experience programming with LabView or similar.
  4. Training & certification from National Instruments.
  5. 2 years of experience in a research environment.
  6. 2 years of experience managing other employees.
  7. 3 years of experience using additive manufacturing hardware and software.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete application will include:
  • Online application form
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Application deadline is 12/2/2021.

Contact Information to Applicants

Huazhen Fang, fang@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $70,000; commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

M-F 8-5 / 40 hours

Application Review Begins

Friday, December 3, 2021

Anticipated Start Date

Monday, December 13, 2021