Laboratory Supervisor at The Ohio State University

Laboratory Supervisor at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
September 9, 2019
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

For 144 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.

The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is the fourth largest public dental school in the United States and it is the only public dental school in Ohio. The college is divided into ten divisions with all major ADA-recognized dental specialties represented. The College has approximately 600 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Ohio State University is proud to be a premier employer that provides an exceptional total rewards package including medical, dental, vision and many other “hidden” benefits. Our competitive benefits package is offered to all eligible faculty and staff in order to attract, develop and retain top performers eager to share their talent, time and success. Our benefits support your health and financial goals and include not only health insurance, but also generous state retirement, tuition assistance for our employees and their dependents, wellness initiatives, and much more. Please visit for detailed information. Be your best at The Ohio State University!

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsible for maintaining materials, structures, and geotechnical engineering teaching and research labs in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE); maintains lab inventory, including procurement to restock supplies (e.g. machine shop, concrete producers, aggregate, concrete mixing supplies, cement); oversees equipment, electrical/network systems, load frames, and cleaning and utilization of concrete mixer; carries out teaching lab responsibilities for undergraduate students and researchers; mixes and sets up heavy materials and supplies to prepare for demonstration within geotechnical labs (e.g. climbs ladder to access required materials and supplies, lifts and carry large cement bag and equipment, changes load frames, etc.); orders and maintains inventory of laboratory supplies (e.g. concrete mixing supplies, cement, aggregate); coordinates and transports (i.e. lifts and carries) bulk materials to and from lab spaces; conducts lab safety training for lab courses; assists laboratory instructors with updates and improvements to lab exercises; cleans and uses concrete mixer; trains and supervises undergraduate researchers, including research design, QA/QC procedures, lab activities, data collection and analysis, and Standard Operating Procedure development; carries out research lab responsibilities, including but not limited to maintaining and calibrating machinery, teaching and testing equipment (e.g., load cells, LVDTs, tension frames, sensors, similar electronic equipment) and troubleshooting equipment and coordinating repairs, as needed; provides equipment user training; provides support for equipment purchases; designs simple experiments for load frames to operate within their intended range; sets up data acquisition systems and computer equipment connections; serves as designated safety officer in materials, structures, and geotechnical lab spaces; develops and updates documentation for safety procedures and related manuals as required by safety codes; oversees lab safety program (e.g. equipment, hardhats, chemicals, compressed gases, gloves, facemasks), EHS inspections and waste management and pick-up; coordinates with departmental lab chemical safety officer, including serving as alternate representative on the College Safety Committee; conducts graduate student and new PI lab orientation and maintain training records.

Position Requirements

BS in electrical. civil or mechanical engineering, or related field of study or equivalent combination of education and experience;   At least 2 years of lab experience;  experience using concrete mixer, load frames, data acquisition systems, and other manufacturing machinery; Physical Ability requirements:  ability to climb a ladder to access equipment and supplies at various heights; ability to lift up to 100 pounds frequently and sometimes repetitively; considerable knowledge of laboratory methods, materials, and equipment; proficient use of computer software including Word and Excel, excellent written and oral communication skills. ability to build electrical systems; ability to present in front of large audience groups; experience with EHS/lab safety; ability to create and manage lab safety procedures and documentation; detail-oriented with strong organizational and time management skills; Desired: MS in mechanical, civil or electrical engineering, or related field; 5 or more years of lab experience; experience in production, factory, and/or manufacturing environment; experience with instrument purchasing; prior teaching experience; experience working with manufacturing vendors (e.g. Gilson, Humboldt, Uline, MTS, Forney, Instron and McMaster-Carr).

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.