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Syracuse University
  • Position Number: 5180578
  • Location: Syracuse, NY
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

Research Engineer and Lab Manager

Job #: 040816
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range: $64,000 - $85,000
Hours: Standard University business hours

8:30am - 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am - 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
Job Type: Full-time

Job Description:
The Research Engineer and Lab Manager will provide high-level technical support including design, development, fabrication, utilization, and testing of specialized research equipment, environmental sensor packages, and prototype systems for research and development programs supported by the New York State Center of Excellence in Environment and Energy Systems (SyracueCoE) at Syracuse University. This position will oversee operations of experimental laboratories at the Syracuse CoE headquarters and associated faculty labs, as well as supervise and provide advice to graduate and undergraduate interns working at Syracuse COE, with regard to experimental set up and data acquisition. The Research Engineer and Lab Manager ensures quality, safety and timely repairs and upgrades of research equipment and facilities.

  • Associates degree is required.
  • Bachelors degree in an Engineering field preferred.
  • Five (5+) plus years of experience working in an R&D lab with small-scale equipment design, testing, and operation.

Job Specific Qualifications:
  • Must be able to work independently on design, assembly, and evaluation of mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Must have practical hands-on skills, be comfortable working in engineering research labs, and possess basic mechanical, electrical, and plumbing skills for R&D equipment and prototype systems.
  • Computer skills in CAD, National Instruments LabVIEW, MatLab, and any other engineering, design, testing, or analysis software are highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with laboratory tools and practices for mechanical assembly; test equipment assembly; sheet metal fabrication; data acquisition system and database design and development, assembly, programming, and repair; and laboratory research instrumentation.
  • Experience in academic research engineering laboratory is highly desired.
  • Experience in managing research labs and supervising/advising students in laboratory works is highly desired.

  • Develop and manage COE multi-scale testbeds for environmental and energy systems including the development or selection, testing, and calibrations of sensors, instrumentation, data acquisition, database development and maintenance, and documentation.
  • Manage the operation, maintenance, and use of the testbeds for academic and industrial research, product testing and demonstration.
  • Support faculty and industrial partners in proposals and projects that required COE testbeds.
  • Support faculty and students engaging in collaborations using testbeds to ensure successfully completed, on-time projects.
  • Supervise/advise CoE student interns participating in the projects.
  • Oversee the operation of COE research laboratories such as TIEQ lab, BEST lab, BEES Lab, South campus BESTlab, cold climate heat pump facility, COE multiscale environmental and energy monitoring stations, material characterization and others, including the maintenance, calibration, repair, and upgrade of equipment.
  • Work with the university facilities manager in building management issues related to research and development (R&D) equipment and tasks.
  • Supervise/advise CoE student interns on R&D projects and equipment maintenance.
  • Support faculty and students engaging in collaborations using COE research laboratories to ensure successful completion of projects on time.
  • Assist faculty and industrial partners in the use of COE research laboratories and serve as a liaison to the academic laboratories.
  • Assist researchers in specifying engineering equipment, selecting vendors, ordering research supplies and equipment, and maintaining inventories.
  • Be the CoE contact person on IT related issues interacting with ECS IT Group and SU ITS.
  • Ensure that safety standards and procedures in handling hazardous equipment and substances in research laboratories are followed, working in collaboration with other colleges and offices at Syracuse University, including Environmental Health and Safety Services, Campus Planning Design and Construction, and Risk Management.
  • Other duties as assigned

About Syracuse University:
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings, and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and over 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors, 100 minors, and 200 advanced degree programs offered across the Universitys 13 schools and colleges; over 15,000 undergraduates and over 6,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area:
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

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