Research Space Manager
University of California Merced
Merced, CA
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job:
The Research Space Manager is the primary liaison between faculty, school administration, Facilities Management, Space Planning and other campus entities in the management of laboratory research space. Serves as a resource for all laboratory and research space needs for faculty including lab renovations, relocations, facilities needs, special research infrastructure needs, handling of research equipment including relocation or facilitating maintenance service calls.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Uses advanced concepts to implement and coordinate building management procedures, special projects and space planning activities which require specialized consideration such as laboratories with special circumstances (e.g., special ventilation, fume hoods, gas lines, power, or use of hazardous materials) or coordination of activities with multiple building occupants and departments.
  • Facilitates and collaborates with multiple campus departments on the design and planning for space allocation.
  • Applies extensive knowledge of research buildings, infrastructure, policies and procedures.
  • Determines methods and procedures on new assignments. Mentors and trains peers and supporting staff members.
  • Supervises student assistants.
  • Tracks and maintains inventory of all asset equipment, and is responsible for performing biennial inventory and handling or assisting with other equipment-related matters, e.g. transfers, loans, and disposal in compliance with related equipment policy.
Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree in related field and 5 years of experience or 9 years of related experience/training.

  • Master's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Advanced skills in working collaboratively and influencing others.
  • Advanced skill to multi-task and effectively prioritize large project work.
  • Advanced skills to assess processes or services to make improvements and in project management.
  • Advanced knowledge and skill regarding specialized research needs in space planning and advanced skill to effectively translate needs to professional architects, engineers and other campus entities.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced knowledge of scientific, architectural or engineering concepts.
  • Advanced knowledge in the areas of building space planning, codes, capacity, security, fire safety, organization and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the scientific laboratory environment.