The Chemical/Environmental Lab Engineer will support hands-on chemical-intensive work in the wet lab spaces in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. The Engineer assists in the development and deployment of lab components of the undergraduate curriculum and supervises student design/research projects.
Works with SEAS faculty and staff to develop and support course laboratory content across multiple disciplines, including mechanical engineering (e.g. fluids), microfabrication, and environmental engineering.
Acts as the designated Lab Safety Officer and addresses student safety needs (training and compliance) for the wet/chemical lab spaces located within the Active Learning Labs. Arranges mandatory lab safety trainings, enforces safe lab practices and use of Personal Protective Equipment.
Supports the development and management of senior design projects (ES100) and research projects for students as needed:
Develops supplemental safety protocols/SOPs as required to ensure the safety of student project work within the teaching labs environment. Trains and supervises students on the execution of these protocols for the duration of their projects.
May directly supervise/act as technical mentor for ES100 senior design projects
May research and procure specialty fabrication or analytical equipment to support student senior design and/or research projects as needed.
Provides technical support for engineering courses requiring use of the wet labs. Prepares required materials for course labs as needed, e.g. chemical reagent and buffer preparation for engineering teaching lab experiments.
Responsible for the operation and ongoing routine maintenance of analytical equipment in the chemical wet lab spaces of the teaching laboratories (includes including coordinating orders and receipt of material supplies, vendors communication, hazardous waste management).
Provides support for bacterial culture work, including assays for bacteria growth and microbial contamination.
Bachelor's degree in one of the following (or closely related) fields: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences.
At least three years of wet lab experience.
Master's or Ph.D. in one of the fields listed above is preferred.
Knowledge of standard wet lab safety management practices, experience enforcing and implementing safety programs, and experience cultivating a general culture of safety a laboratory setting.
Excellent English written and verbal communication skills.
Strong organizational skills, creativity in problem solving, and high self-motivation are key to performing effectively in this position.
Ability and willingness to tackle multiple projects simultaneously.
A demonstrated track record of mentoring and training and ability to work in an integrative and collaborative team environment is key.
The capacity to adjust to a flexible work schedule is critical. Some of the activities that are coordinated by this individual can occur outside a typical 9:00 to 5:00 workday.
Experience in basic chemical lab techniques. Experience with separation methods and light microscopy is desirable.
Experience running, maintaining, and troubleshooting analytical laboratory equipment is a plus.
Knowledge of scanning electron microscopy, UV/VIS spectroscopy, x-ray fluorescence atomic absorption spectrometry, and/or Raman spectrometry is a plus.
Broad interdisciplinary knowledge and/or experience is a plus. In particular, knowledge across biological sciences, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, fluid mechanics/thermodynamics/heat transfer, microfluidics, electronics microfabrication/MEMS will be most relevant.
Proficiency with personal computers and applicable software packages such as Microsoft Word, and Excel is required.
The work is performed in a laboratory and office environment.
Commitment to Diversity
SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. Some of our core values include respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
Many SEAS employees are eligible for Flexible Work Arrangements, which may be explored during the interview process. The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard’s teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are: educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit www.seas.harvard.edu.
Note: SEAS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
USA - MA - Cambridge
SEAS^Teaching and Learning
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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