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Equipment Manager Nanofabrication Core Lab

Apply now Job no: 517635
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Core Research Facilities
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

This position reports to the Sr. Manager/Director of the Nanofabrication Core Lab (NFL). This position is the primary equipment installation and sustaining manager for the NFL. Primary responsibilities are the include ongoing implementation and improvement of the preventive maintenance program for all equipment within the NFL, installation and repair of new and existing equipment, and assisting UML Facilities in the coordination of maintenance to the ancillary support equipment (i.e., monitor the D.I. water, waste water treatment and clean room integrity. This position requires participation in the UML emergency response team and maintenance of a certification as a “Emergency Responder”. The NFL Equipment Manager also trains users, coordinates daily operations, and participates in ancillary projects as required by the Nanofabrication Lab Sr. Manager/Director.

Equipment: The NFL Equipment Manager is responsible for the following:

  • Maintain all NFL equipment, troubleshoot equipment failures.
  • Equipment installation, certification and characterization
  • (First point of contact for Vendors (equipment, facility, etc.
  • Maintain and monitor equipment performance standards Maintain a preventative maintenance plan for equipment with minimum impact to Lab operations
  • Assist in the development of an Equipment Security and Logging System (RFID)
  • Strong knowledge of and ability to trouble shoot discreet electrical components and be able to read a schematic for more complex electrical circuitry including  programmable logic controllers (PLC).
  • Responsible for initiating, delegating and approving preventive and predictive maintenance activities for the lab.

Facilities: The NFL Equipment Manager coordinates with facilities for continued maintenance of the following critical services:

  • Daily Lab safety and wellness inspections.
  • Tracking and resolution of issues
  • Oversee building systems including but not limited to Deionized Water Supply, Toxic Gas Monitoring, etc.
  • Monitor and maintain clean room integrity and particle count.
  • Monitor Lock out Tag out.
  • Hazardous waste management (RCRA and DOT certified)
  • Point of contact and liaison to EHS for Waste Water Treatment

Operations: The NFL Equipment Manager participates in the daily operations of the Nano Fabrication Lab as follows:

  • Participate in daily coordination of user reservations, monitor reservation schedule, identify scheduling issues, document key issues.
  • Train users as needed on equipment as well as Level 2 Safety and LN2 fills.
  • Assist Sr. Manager/Director during tours and potential customer visits.
  • Provide foundry service as required.
  • Participate in the Operations Team Meetings and fill in for the Sr. Manager/Director as required as the coordinator for the Operations Team.
  • Work with the Sr. Manager/Director on process and systems improvement, including: scheduling, safety & cost savings
  • Toxic Gas Monitoring
  • Contribute to writing standard Operating procedure (SOP) documents related to Equipment operations, experimental methods.
  • Enforce Lab safety procedures and protocols.
  • Train/instruct both Internal and External users in the proper and safe use of equipment.
  • Assist with managing consumable supply inventory levels, coordinate purchases and schedule.

EH&S: The NFL Equipment Manager must also coordinate with EH&S in the following areas:

  • Emergency Response Team Member
  • Spill containment
  • Toxic Gas Monitoring
  • Gas cylinder Service and Replacement

Promote the University’s commitment to customer service by:

    • Build effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed.
    • Lab equipment and operations are projected in a positive and professional manner.
    • Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners
    • Responsive to all requests for service and information.
    • Maintaining an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles.


  • Other duties as assigned and as needed to support the CRF and Office of Research

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • BS in a technical discipline and 15 years of experience or AS with 20 years minimum equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 10-15 years of progressively responsible experience in managing and executing the installation of vacuum equipment, wet stations & photolithography equipment
  • The successful candidate must have demonstrated in past position(s) of similar responsibility and an ability to move projects forward decisively
  • Knowledge of clean-room operations facilities and understanding of high-hazard clean-room environments in a research, educational or industrial production environment
  • Understanding of ISO Clean Room standards, and NFPA and ANSI standards as applied to labs
  • Availability and ability to remain on call 24/7 in cases of emergency
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Due to the physical aspects and hazards associated with toxic materials and gasses associated with this position, the ability to wear Level A emergency turn out gear, SCBA, respirators, lift 60 pounds, good visual and hearing ability is required, 
  • Must successfully complete training courses within 120 days of employment
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and a willingness to drive between campuses and to off campus assignments

Additional Considerations:

  • This person should be knowledgeable of laboratory and microelectronic facilities, equipment, safety, industrial hygiene, hazards, and good lab practice.  Also should be comfortable with clean room practice and the maintenance and operations of same; e.g. HEPA filter scanning and testing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Wastewater Treatment License Level 2 or greater
  • DOT and RCRA Certification
  • Professional organization memberships such at AVS & IEEE
  • Knowledge of Toxic Gas Monitoring systems and the integration to fire prevention systems

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is a SEIU Professional Union position, Grade P20.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received. 

Please include a resume with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.  Submission of a cover letter is optional.  

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