Manager, Laboratory Engineer

Company: Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Applied Sciences
Location: Burnaby/Surrey, British Columbia
Email: [email protected]

Position Summary

The Manager, Laboratory Engineer is responsible for managing the operation and use of teaching and research laboratories, facilities, services, equipment, software, and technical resources in the Faculty of Applied Sciences. The Manager, Laboratory Engineer provides leadership to the professional and technical team who support the research, administration, and teaching activities in Applied Sciences. The Manager, Laboratory Engineering is responsible for instructing and training users (students, faculty, and external clients) in the safe operation of the equipment and works with students and research staff in developing experimental and testing procedures. The Manager, Laboratory Engineer takes a lead role on the safety committee and manages technical and facility input into program accreditation and reviews.


  • Master's degree of Applied Science in Engineering and qualified for professional engineer designation with Engineers and Geoscientists BC or related discipline and 5 years related experience in the management of an engineering laboratory and operation, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of teaching and research standards, science laboratory requirements, and configurations.
  • Excellent knowledge of common and specialized engineering and scientific laboratory equipment, instrumentation, facilities, operations, and procedures in modern engineering sciences.
  • Experience with best practices for hardware design, including standard applications for engineering design and version control.
  • Excellent management, financial, and human resource management skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of best practices and industrial standards in engineering design protocols, processes, and quality assurance cycles for engineering specific applications, systems, and development platforms.
  • Good knowledge of related laboratory health and safety guidelines/regulations (University, Provincial, Federal), risk management assessment, laboratory hazards (e.g., chemicals/mechanical/electrical), and safety equipment/procedures.
  • Good knowledge of the principles of planning, design, and construction of institutional laboratory facilities.
  • Fully proficient in all aspects of the computer science and engineering user environment, including Linux, Windows, and MAC OS.
  • Excellent planning, organizational ability, analytical reasoning, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral, written, and presentation) skills.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for a high degree of initiative and innovation.
  • Demonstrated ability in customer service.
  • Ability to manage large complex projects with multiple stakeholders and partners.
  • Ability to develop relationships and partnerships and to work collaboratively at all levels and areas within the organization. Ability to diagnose and resolve programs associated with end user hardware, network connectivity, operating systems, and software installation.
  • Ability to interpret and apply complex policies and procedures.
  • Ability to install, configure, and debug hardware such as high performance compute-servers for reliability and performance.
  • Ability to exercise professional and mature judgment and to handle confidential/sensitive material with discretion.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with others, and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to arrange suitable transportation to various work locations.

This position is located at both SFU Burnaby and SFU Surrey campuses.

Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends, and evenings.

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