Location: SCSU Main Campus, 720 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: Probationary
The Senior Laboratory Engineer position supports the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (MME), Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics and Astronomy and the Integrated Science & Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF). This position will coordinate use and preparation of department laboratories and teach select laboratory courses and provide leadwork oversight and training of lab services personnel who also provide similar services within specific disciplines. In addition, this position supports equipment technical set-up, maintenance, software installation and upgrades, safety inspections, testing, and use training for faculty and students. We anticipate that this position will split activities between Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (40%), Electrical & Computer Engineering (40%), and other responsibilities (20%).
Lead Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics and ISELF laboratories:
Provide day-to-day operational oversight and maintenance of MME, ECE and specific ISELF laboratories based on consultation with Deans, faculty, and laboratory users.
Provide oversight and training to laboratory support staff, faculty, students, and other laboratory users (external collaborators). Lead, schedule, and assign duties to support laboratory staff and student workers.
Develop and lead laboratory activities of medium to high complexity supporting academic courses.
Maintain adequate office hours for lab students.
Consult with faculty to ensure alignment of laboratory activities effectiveness with course content and learning outcomes.
Design and manage the process of continuous, ABET and other accreditation agencies, assessment of learning effectiveness for laboratory activities; implement redesigned activities that result from assessment data.
Maintain adequate laboratory supplies and equipment through coordination with Department Chairs and support staff supervised
Identify and recommend new equipment needs based on budget, industry practices, and advisory board input.
Assist colleagues in troubleshooting or solving challenging project and/or engineering problems.
Operation and management of an innovative, educational and experiential learning laboratories:
Maintain oversight of accessibility of laboratory spaces to students beyond limited lab meeting hours to provide more student lab time as determined by faculty and department chairs. (e.g. open-lab concept where appropriate).
Work with industry partners and collaborators in both student projects as well as independent research and design projects through industry/SCSU partnerships.
Provide expertise and laboratory management of at least one of the specialized ISELF facilities as assigned (i.e. imaging center, clean room, robotics lab, integrated research space).
Provide students, faculty, and industrial partners the opportunity to experience and operate instrumentation through student/faculty research projects, senior design, laboratory courses and external collaborations.
Recommend laboratory support staff and student employee staffing needs; lead and provide training to laboratory support staff and student employees assisting in lab preparation and equipment/instrument maintenance.
Provide support to increase the visibility of COSE and ISELF resources both internally (SCSU) and externally (external collaborators).
Participate in teaching lectures and laboratories as needed.
Lead management of laboratory equipment:
Work with faculty and technical staff to develop and maintain consistency in best practices and procedures for the use of laboratory equipment
Maintain and update experimental laboratory equipment to ensure safety and reliability
Maintain adequate laboratory supplies and equipment through coordination with the Department Chairs and support staff supervised
Identify and recommend new equipment needs based on industry practices and advisory board input to the department as needed
Other duties as assigned
MS degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Chemical Engineering, Physics, or related field.
Five (5) years professional experience in setup, maintenance and operation of technically complex engineering and scientific instrumentation and equipment.
Knowledge and understanding of engineering applications and instrumentation such as Instron tensile tester, Charpy impact tester, hardness tester, oscilloscopes, PLC systems, strain gage measurement boxes, data acquisition systems and thermocouple hardware.
Knowledge and understanding of applications and instrumentation in surface and materials analysis including techniques such as: SEM, EDS, STM, AFM, XRD, and molecular spectroscopy (UV/Vis, Fluorescence, Raman, IR).
Problem Solving: The ability to assess complex scientific and engineering problems, define a problem-solving approach, and work to practical solutions.
Working knowledge of computer and software technology, especially as a tool for scientific and engineering applications.
Experience teaching lectures and laboratories at the collegiate level.
Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering, Chemical Physics or Physics. Typical educational background would be in electromechanical engineering, materials science, physics, or chemistry with a broad, inter-disciplinary, working knowledge in the physical sciences and engineering, as well as many branches of classical engineering and mathematics.
3+ years of experience with Experiential Learning techniques and experiment development
Experience with standard engineering tools such as CAD, microprocessors, PLCs, programming, and simulation software.
Experience with robotics or industrial automation.
Experience in regulatory compliance for radiation safety, hazardous materials safety and disposal.
Knowledge of occupational health and safety standards as they apply to laboratory applications and industrial automation.
Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State is an award-winning regional public university and proud member of the Minnesota State Universities & Colleges system. The 100-acre campus is about an hour northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. St. Cloud State students prepare for life, work and citizenship by exploring the world around them and making it better. St. Cloud State employees value active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability, and global and cultural understanding. These commitments complement more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, 60 graduate programs and 250 student clubs and organizations. St. Cloud State began as a normal school in 1869 and became St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1921. Bachelor's degrees were first offered in 1925. Master's degrees debuted in 1957. In 1975, the institution became St. Cloud State University. In recent years, the University added applied doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration and Leadership. A diverse mix of students from Midwestern towns and U.S. metropolitan areas are learning alongside more than 1,000 international students from about 80 nations.
Help students achieve their educational dreams. We are looking for diverse people with passion, who are engaged, serious in the work of helping those who strive and desire a college education to achieve their goals.
Why Work For Us:
GREATBENEFITSPACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
St. Cloud State prepares students for life, work and citizenship in the 21st century. In our rigorous academic programs, students apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Our 200 academic programs, 60 graduate degrees and education abroad choices on six continents emphasize hands-on learning through community engagement and close interaction with professors. Couple that with support from the Career Services Center and you have a clear path to a career. Our 100-acre campus is between downtown St. Cloud and the Beaver Islands, a group of more than 30 islands that form a natural maze for a two-mile stretch of the Mississippi River.