Utah State University

Biological Engineering Technical Instrument Lead

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 5 months 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


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 honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


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.


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 Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

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


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.


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