Utah State University

Biological Engineering Technical Instrument Lead

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 years ago(6/1/2021 3:10 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
5-25 hours per week
College of Engineering
Biological Engineering
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience
Telework Eligible


We seek an energetic, collaborative team player skilled in operating, maintaining, and managing biological engineering laboratory equipment and instrumentation to facilitate the department’s goals.


Reporting Responsibilities:

The Biological Engineering Technical Instrument Lead reports to the Biological Engineering Department Head.

Typical Functions:

1. Specify, procure, install, test, and maintain biological laboratory equipment and instruments

2. Repair, recalibrate, validate, upgrade, and replace instruments as necessary

3. Plan, record, manage and assess utilization of equipment and instruments by users

4. Train and supervise users to properly use equipment and instruments

5. Maintain databases for equipment location, use, warranties, maintenance, and inventories

6. Conduct laboratory analyses and report results ways that assure statistically valid results

7. Prepare reports, program documents, standard operating procedures, and methods descriptions

8. Connect instruments with computers, servers, applications, and online databases

9. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

One year of experience in a related field is required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Ability to think strategically, analyze complex situations, and resolve problems

2. Experience using relevant biological laboratory equipment, instruments and methods

3. Ability to install, configure, and maintain biological engineering instruments and peripherals

4. Knowledge of electronics (e.g., microcontrollers, Raspberry PI) and relevant software (e.g., LabVIEW, Python)

5. Ability to read diagrams, schematics and technical manuals for diagnostic information

6. Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information

7. Ability to balance and prioritize and advance multiple simultaneous workflows

8. Skilled at responding professionally, effectively, and efficiently to customer service requests

9. Ability to maintain a budget and track expenditures and transactions

10. Strong oral and written communication skills

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

3. Writing Sample to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience


Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

Employees primarily work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. Employees are frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, use hands and fingers, and reach with hands and arms. Employees must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds and retrieve and transport equipment ands instruments.


College/Department Highlights

The USU College of Engineering fosters a creative and inclusive learning environment where students and faculty are empowered with the knowledge and experience to become the leaders in engineering who will improve tomorrow’s economy, environment and society.


The Biological Engineering Department involves students with hands-on experiences in laboratory and field projects to develop new bio-based products, technologies, and engineering services. Our students learn fundamental sciences with applications to biological systems, components, and devices. Our mission is to apply fundamental biological science and modern engineering analysis to create new knowledge and to translate that knowledge into novel applications.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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