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MATRIX Lab Manager
University of Maryland College Park

Date Posted Mar. 11, 2022
Title MATRIX Lab Manager
University University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD, United States
Department A. James Clark School of Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Apr. 18, 2022
  • Professional Staff
  • Engineering - Other

MATRIX, Lab Manager
A James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park
University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland
** This position is located in Saint Mary’s County, Maryland

The A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland is seeking a dynamic, hands-on leader to spearhead the operations of the newly formed Maryland Autonomous Technologies Research and Innovation and eXploration (MATRIX) Lab at University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM). Reporting to the Director of Research Innovation and Outreach, the Lab Manager is responsible for the execution of the Director’s strategic plan for all operations in the MATRIX.

The MATRIX Lab Manager manages and supports the administration and operations of the research labs in the new Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology (SMART) Building at USMSM. Serving as the expert for the research facility and the equipment for the Clark School at the MATRIX, the position actively works with researchers and students from academia, and industry and government agencies to ensure safe operation of equipment, provide additional skills instruction, and advise on research design and construction, including issues such as selection of components and applications.
The Lab Manager supports research activities across the USMSM campus by working with researchers to help design and then fabricate components for various applications. In addition to the MATRIX, the Lab Manager will work with the education component of the SMART Building and the lab manager supporting their equipment and facilities. The position coordinates and supports academic courses and extracurricular projects that utilize the MATRIX and hires, trains, and oversees a variety of graduate and undergraduate research assistants/students.

The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland serves as the catalyst for high-quality research, innovation, and learning, preparing our students to create innovations that will address the21st century Grand Challenges (e.g., energy, environment, security, and human health) and improve the human condition. 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.

• Bachelor’s degree

• A minimum of 5 years of relevant full-time experience in a professional technology industry.
• Expertise-level experience in the use and maintenance of machine tools and prototyping equipment including, but not limited to hand tools, power tools, drill presses, band saws, lathes, knee mills, TIG welders, CNC milling machines, and 3D printers.
• Supervisory experience in a shop environment.
• Advanced experience using Solidworks, MasterCam, and/or CAD/CAM software.
• Experience establishing and implementing safety and training procedures.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Aptitude in mechatronics systems and demonstrated ability to resolve challenging technical problems.
• Detail-oriented with excellent leadership, organizational, interpersonal, communication, and oral and written presentation skills.
• Ability to analyze and adapt to ambiguous situations, develop plans, and ensure successful and efficient implementation.
• Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently, and with a team, on complex projects and demonstrate competency and diplomacy.
• Ability to analyze, create, and optimize processes and procedures, when necessary.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and tact.
• 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.
• Strong skills to build and maintain working relationships with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community and complex environment.
• Ability to display professionalism in all communications with university stakeholders.
• Proficient in working with Microsoft Office tools.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or closely related discipline.
• Breadth in skills and/or experience across multiple disciplines of engineering.
• Previous experience with, and knowledge of, mechanical design, fabrication, testing, and troubleshooting.
• Experience teaching and working with students in both formal and informal settings to train them to safely and effectively use machine tools and research equipment including, but not limited to hand tools, power tools, drill presses, band saws, lathes, knee mills, CNC milling machines, TIG welding, woodworking, water-jet cutting, 3D printers, and/or laser cutters.
• Supervisory experience in a college/university setting, preferably of a student or research shop.
• Ability to execute multiple projects, meet scheduled milestones, and meet deliverables on time with high quality outputs.
• Expertise in the design and fabrication of research apparatus based on verbal and/or written instructions.
• Organizational and budgeting skills to run a shop, prioritize work, handle multiple requests simultaneously from a broad range of customers.

Job Risks Respiratory Protection

Physical Demands
• Frequently work near moving mechanical parts and exposed dusty surfaces, toxic or non-toxic chemicals, and odorous environments.
• Noise level in the work environment can be loud.
• Work is conducted near electrical circuits, use of measuring instruments on live electrical circuits requires dexterity and caution.
• Use of research equipment extends to the outdoor environment where conditions may be cold, hot, humid and/or windy, and on uneven terrain.
• Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds, as needed.
• Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects.
• Must have correctable vision to perform duties of the job.
• Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for extended times.
• Availability to work nontraditional hours including some weekends, early mornings, and late evenings, as necessary.


Additional Information
• Please submit a cover letter, current resume, and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references

  • 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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