Research Coordinator
Pennsylvania State University
United States


Research Core Facilities Coordinator

Penn State University

Campus/Location:Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Campus City:Erie, PA
Date Announced:02/12/2020
Date Closing:open until filled
Job Number:93544
Work Unit:Penn State Behrend
Department:Chancellor's Office


Penn State Erie, The Behrend College seeks a Research Core Facilities Coordinator to oversee and coordinate activities of core research instrumentation in the college. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research, this position will manage the day-to-day operations of laboratory instrumentation shared among the schools of science and engineering, train faculty and students to operate instrumentation and collaborate with faculty members to conduct experiments in support of their research. Key Responsibilities include: oversee and coordinate activities of shared research instrumentation; develop and implement standard policies and procedures integral to the management and operation of shared instrumentation; oversee the management of instrument-related materials, including monitoring cost effectiveness; train users in equipment operation and laboratory techniques, explain and demonstrate technology and equipment capabilities, operations, limitations and outcomes; responsible for the operation of microscopic imaging instrumentation as well as related data analysis for selected research projects; consult with users to refine or adapt methodologies to fit specific experimental requirements and collaborate in the development of new techniques; manage budgets for shared instrumentation upkeep and end-of-life replacement; develop and manage shared instrumentation user processes, including scheduling and user fee accounting; maintain external research relationships to identify and develop new funding sources; contribute to technical proposal preparation and/or presentations; troubleshoot operational issues and develop action plans to resolve; collaborate with investigators and administration on significant operational issues/barriers; actively promote safety for students, faculty and co-workers; may co-author or author publications and may co-present results with Principal Investigator at meetings and/or conferences; assist in acquiring research funding including writing grant proposals. Applicants must have a Master’s or Ph.D. (preferred) in science or engineering; 5+ years’ experience in the use of wide variety of lab techniques, research equipment and research related software, including experience in the use of microscopic imaging technologies. Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication skills. A proven ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students in a variety of disciplines. Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is an undergraduate and graduate college of The Pennsylvania State University. Situated on a beautiful, wooded 854-acre hillside campus recognized as a U.S. arboretum, we have four academic schools (Business; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; and, Science); student residential living; a range of research programs and outreach centers; and a highly successful business and technology park. With 5,000 students in resident instruction and online in college programs offered through Penn State World Campus, we uniquely blend the atmosphere and focus on teaching of a small college with access to the academic, research, and professional development resources of a Big 10, R1 University. Our college is an open laboratory of learning and discovery where students gain real-life experience engaging with business, industry, and community partners. We seek faculty members who share our commitment to both teaching and scholarship, to the holistic development of students, and to principles of respect, diversity, and inclusiveness. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for two years from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of major research instrumentation that you have used in the past three years, indicating frequency of use. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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