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Manage the Kerckhoff Marine Laboratory facility (KML) and provide KML services to Caltech faculty as needed.
This is an Essential Reporting position. An employee designated as essential reporting has essential job skills that are needed for response and recovery, and is expected to report to campus as soon as possible.
Maintain indoor and outdoor seawater system.
Assist with local sample collections (e.g., SCUBA).
Maintain laboratory equipment and infrastructure.
Provide basic laboratory analyses associated with maintenance of marine invertebrates and plants and ongoing experiments (e.g., pH, temperature measurements).
Ensure the facility is suitable for marine research and education use.
Oversee usage of physical spaces, including meeting rooms, classroom, laboratory spaces, dorm rooms, and kitchen.
Provide supervision and guidance to staff, students, or staff who use the KML facility. Provide project or program management.
May administer budgetary and staffing objectives.
Coordinate research activities and provide technical guidance to KML users.
Administer the implementation of new technologies.
Initiate and manage procurement of supplies, equipment, etc.
Interact with vendors and maintenance/repair services.
Oversee security systems and protocols, as well as securing KML building during weather and tidal threats.
Interpret and ensure compliance with Institute policies, scientific protocols, permits, and federal regulations.
May coordinate and supervise facilities and infrastructure projects. Participate in planning and scheduling assignments and/or project deadlines.
Identify opportunities for improved productivity or efficient use of facility resources.
May be responsible for planning, designing, and constructing experiments, systems, or instruments to support research program endeavors in consultation with KML researchers.
Must follow established practices, procedures, and scientific protocols to resolve complex problems; identify and resolve obstacles to process improvement or change.
Must follow state and federal regulations regarding proper storage and disposal of samples and hazardous materials.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) discipline or related field and/ or 3 year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for marine research laboratory facilities management; or equivalent education/training or experience.
Must be familiar with common lab equipment (e.g., autoclave, fume hoods, centrifuges, pumps, pipetting) or be willing to learn.
Must have general understanding of operational budget management.
Must be able to effectively communicate project/program values and expected performance to subordinates and external customers.
Work independently and in a collaborative setting.
Ability to lift 25 pounds and become SCUBA certified.
Captain's license, boating proficiency.
Perform basic, non-specialized maintenance, repair, and fabrication activities involving carpentry, mechanics, plumbing, and electrical at KML.
Basic computer competency; able to interface and troubleshoot computer systems in KML.
Working knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and systems associated with marine research laboratory facilities management.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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