Duke University, Biomedical Engineering

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Position ID:Duke-BME-SLABROWN1422 [#20901]
Position Title: Senior Lab Administrator
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Biomedical Engineering / Biomedical Engineering
Appl Deadline:2022/03/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/01/04, finished 2022/09/03, listed until 2022/07/04)
Position Description:    

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Senior Laboratory Administrator

Duke University - Department of Biomedical Engineering

Occupational Summary:

Supervise and coordinate administrative and technical activities of the Biomedical Engineering Department's Teaching Laboratories. The focus of these courses is quantitative analysis of biological processes for engineering undergraduates. This position will have an emphasis on our electronics instrumentation laboratories and will also work in our wet/biological laboratories as needed. The successful applicant will have broad technical skills and excellent communication skills. An applicant with a doctoral degree would have some flexibility to lecture and/or to conduct research as time permits, although the primary focus is support of the teaching labs.

Work Performed:

•Work closely with Biomedical Engineering faculty to develop and maintain pedagogy and equipment in the teaching laboratories. This may include developing new lab exercises with instructors; conducting and evaluating prototype labs; recommending materials, techniques, and procedures to optimize the value of the lab exercise.

•Promote safety within the laboratories.

•Assist students with debugging electrical circuits, mentor students in best practices for circuit construction.

•Assist students with debugging microcontroller code, currently on the Arduino platform.

•Mentor students working on design projects involving electronic and mechanical hardware as well as software.

•As occasionally needed and in compliance with Duke animal handling procedure, perform euthanasia on lab animals (primarily frogs) and prepare tissues for use by students. Similarly, prepare tissue samples from other species (e.g. rat & pig) that were euthanized by others.

•As occasionally needed, prepare materials for students to culture and inoculate cells (mammalian as well as bacterial, as appropriate) for related lab protocols, including preparation for downstream analysis procedures such as nucleic acid and protein extraction and purification.

•Cultivate an inclusive, encouraging, and safe laboratory environment that enables all students to develop their technical, interpersonal, and professional skills to their greatest potential.

•Promote the highest ethical standards for group and individual laboratory work.

•Instruct student teaching assistants (TAs) before lab exercises and supervise TAs during exercises. Depending on scheduling, labs can sometimes run into the evening (seldom later than 9:00pm) during the semester.

•Engage with university resources to advocate for students struggling academically, socially, mentally, or emotionally.

•Load in and load out lab equipment. Diagnose broken equipment and repair as able. Arrange for repair as necessary.

•Analyze lab needs and inventory. Order supplies, components, and reagents as needed.

•Write and maintain laboratory documents for use by faculty, students, and teaching assistants.

•Work with information technology personnel to maintain lab computers and software.

•Foster a laboratory culture of inquisitiveness, experimental rigor, careful observation, and the excitement of discovery.

•Facilitate overall lab updates in keeping with the department's strategic planning.

•Plan and schedule work for the lab personnel, ensuring proper distribution of assignments and adequate staffing, space, materials, and equipment.

•As needed, serve as a Teaching Assistant for one or more laboratory sections. This may include grading student work and holding office hours. •Research and recommend lab equipment purchases.

•Prepare operating reports detailing progress toward determined goals, adverse trends, and recommendations.

•Make budget projections and recommendations.

•Move and install laboratory equipment, including lifting up to 50 pounds.

•Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.



Work requires knowledge of engineering laboratory exercises, techniques and procedures generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering or related field. If the applicant wishes to be considered for lecturing or research, a doctoral degree is required.


Work requires a minimum of 5-7 years of laboratory management experience to acquire skills necessary for technical expertise and to supervise and instruct teaching assistants and students in the laboratories.


Excellent analytical, organizational, and communications skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Desired technical skills include electronic instrumentation, medical instrumentation, troubleshooting, electronic design, mechanical design, fabrication, and prototyping. Knowledge of one or more CAD/EDA packages such as SolidWorks, OnShape, Fusion360, Altium, Eagle or KiCAD is a plus. Experience in rapid prototyping/3D printing is desired. Some ability with biomedical optics is desired. Desired biological skills include tissue culture, molecular biology, microbiology and electrobiology.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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