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ECE Undergraduate Laboratory Manager

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Laboratory and Research
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: Yes

Posting Number: 202100502AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Research Associate II

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

Desired Start Date

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

As one of the nation's top public research universities, Colorado State University is a land-grant institution, with enrollment of more than 33,000 students. CSU offers 76 undergraduate degree programs, 114 graduate degree programs, 21 professional master's degree programs, and a Professional Veterinary Medicine program. CSU's world-class research and scholarship attract more than $370 million in research funding every year, ranking second nationally in federal research funding for universities without a medical school. Fort Collins is an attractive community of approximately 170,000 located along the Colorado Front Range at the base of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. The city is routinely recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. It consistently ranks high on quality of life measures by numerous publications; see for the complete list. The Front Range has developed into a high-tech hub with companies such as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Broadcom, AMD, Xilinx, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Woodward and Northrop Grumman located in or near Fort Collins. The city offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. For more information on Fort Collins, check out the City's website:

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) has 26 faculty members, 440 undergraduates, and 190 graduate students. It has cross-cutting research programs in biomedical engineering; communications and signal processing; computer engineering; controls and robotics; electric power and energy systems; electromagnetics and remote sensing; and lasers, optics, and applications. In 2015, the National Science Foundation selected the ECE department to lead the nation to scalable and sustainable change in engineering education through its Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) program. Impressively, CSU was the first ECE department chosen by the NSF for this highly competitive initiative of national importance. The department participates in the CSU Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC), the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility, and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. It is home to the headquarters of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology. ECE boasts three Colorado State University Distinguished Professors and one University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, the highest recognition available for CSU faculty. More than 40% of ECE faculty hold IEEE Fellow distinction, and many faculty have courtesy appointments in the departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Systems Engineering and collaborate with faculty in these and other departments across CSU. More information on the department can be found at

Position Summary

The ECE department at Colorado State University is seeking an Undergraduate Laboratory Manager to provide long-term consistent, professional management of its instructional laboratories (circuits, electronics, digital design, microprocessors, control systems, and clean room). The individual in this position will collaborate with faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants and undergrad students to design, implement, troubleshoot, maintain and sustain our undergraduate laboratories.

The Undergraduate Laboratory Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the equipment in the undergraduate laboratories; this includes, but is not limited to, troubleshooting, installing, repairing, and re-configuring lab equipment and software packages. The selected individual will also develop written laboratory practices implement new apparatus and control software while supervising and observing undergraduate students and ensuring undergraduate labs are operated in a safe manner. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative professional position.

Required Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or related field;
  • Three years relevant industry or academic experience in an experimental or educational laboratory;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with faculty and students for advising and troubleshooting;
  • Ability to work in Windows OS, MS Office (specifically Excel), and demonstrated knowledge/experience with engineering applications;
  • Self-driven and able to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to physically move lab equipment, tools, and materials (10-30lbs) regularly (multiple times per week) as necessary, without assistance from others.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Direct experience with circuit, electronic and digital design and test;
  • Practicing knowledge of circuit design tools (such as Cadence design tools), digital design tools (such as Quartus II), and ARM software IDEs (such as Keil MicroVision);
  • Experience operating and maintaining equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers, and CNC machines (for printing PCBs);
  • Knowledge of semiconductor cleanrooms, including mechanical maintenance and equipment operations;
  • Basic web programming ability (HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and MySQL) and/or familiarity with WordPress;
  • Ability to work with all groups of people, including students, faculty, staff and other collaborators within and external to the University;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and priorities; and
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of PC computers at the hardware level (i.e., memory, hard drives, optical and other storage devices, wired and wireless networking) and software level.
Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Job Duty Category: Lab Operations

  • Be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the equipment in the undergraduate laboratories. This includes, but is not limited to, maintenance, repair, reconfiguration, and operations of equipment.
  • Work with faculty/staff to maintain and upgrade/replace laboratory equipment and supplies and support infrastructure as necessary.
  • Install/implement new apparatus, experiments, engineering software, and infrastructure.
  • Maintain, trouble shoot, and repair/replace computer systems used for powers systems and robotics.
  • Modify, debug, and implement control and modeling software (e.g., LabView, MatLab, Simulink, etc.).
  • Assist with developing written laboratory practices, protocols and lab manuals.
  • Assist when necessary in the Department's research labs.
Percentage Of Time: 55%

Job Duty Category: Student Supervision and Mentoring

  • Work closely with Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) to ensure that undergraduate lab sections are prepared for and executed as planned.
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise undergraduate student lab assistant(s).
  • Instruct students and teaching assistants in laboratory safety, processes, hardware, software and experimental processes.
  • Ensure undergraduate labs are operated in a safe manner.
Percentage Of Time: 20%

Job Duty Category: Administration

  • Coordinate training, tracking and disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Serve as the Building Proctor for the teaching lab and other ECE areas.
  • Manage laboratory fees in consultation with Department staff.
  • Serve as the department Access Manager.
  • Provide general technology support within the Department, such as audio/visual, videoconferencing, etc.
  • Participate in ABET undergraduate accreditation.
Percentage Of Time: 10%

Job Duty Category: Inventory Management

  • Manage all ECE undergraduate lab tools and equipment on loan.
  • Be responsible for maintaining and updating the Department's capital equipment.
  • Execute proper disposal of excess, defective or obsolete equipment for the Department.
  • Manage inventory of consumables (soldering supplies, resistors, capacitors, inductors, etc.).
  • Be responsible for maintaining and updating the Department's office machines including desktops, laptops, printers, telephone equipment, etc.
Percentage Of Time: 15%

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please submit a cover letter that speaks to how you meet the required and preferred job qualifications, a resume, and the contact information for three professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact
Dezarai Brubaker,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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