Job Details

Oregon State University
  • Position Number: 5035824
  • Location: Corvallis, OR
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

College of Engineering Innovation Labs Director

Oregon State University

Department: College of Engineering (ENG)

Appointment Type: Professional Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: $60,288- $105,420

Job Summary:
The College of Engineering is seeking an Innovation Labs Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

The College of Engineering (CoE) established the Innovations Laboratory (iLabs) in 2021. iLabs is a unique organization that integrates people, infrastructure, and space-assets to (1) provide opportunities for practical, applied, hands-on learning experiences in engineering for users in unstructured and structure environment; and (2) provide necessary and value-added resources that support user project and prototyping needs and services to support the educational and research objectives of the College of Engineering. iLabs footprint includes a machine and prototyping labs, makerspaces, and student club spaces.

The CoE iLabs Director is broadly responsible for the operation and integration of resources and support along with the coordination and planning of staff, equipment, and consumables to ensure the short and long-term effective operations of iLabs. The CoE iLabs Director works as a part of the CoE operations team that reports to the Senior Associate Dean, coordinating closely with the CoE Director of Safety, Facilities Manager, and CoE Director of IT.

This important position is key to ensuring our students have access to unique and meaningful experiential learning opportunities as they progress toward graduation.

Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We dont wait for challenges to present themselves - we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
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Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon States beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of Americas best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
25% - Laboratory Operations
  • Responsible for the general operation of COE Innovation prototyping laboratories.
  • Maintaining instructional prototyping and testing lab facilities and equipment.
  • Creating new and improving existing prototyping and testing capabilities.
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining operational policies and procedures for these labs.
  • Authorizing and allocating use of space within these labs for student projects.

25% - Project Support
  • Responsible for providing manufacturing and engineering consultations and mentorship to users (students, staff, faculty) of Innovation Lab resources.
  • Responsible for providing prototype development, manufacturing and fabrication services for instructional and research projects.

20% - Supervision
  • Responsible for supervising all innovation laboratories support personnel which includes professional faculty, staff, graduate assistants and under graduate assistants as needed.
  • Responsible for machine, laboratory and safety training of staff, graduate students and student workers that support the innovation laboratories.

10% - Instruction
  • Develop, support and teach seminars and up to one course per academic year intended to instruct student and lab users in safe and proper operation of equipment from beginner through advanced levels.
  • Responsible for working with faculty to develop curriculum and training in support of COE curricula.

5% - Facilities Management
  • Work closely with the COE Facilities Operations and Safety Officer for oversight and management of the Colleges multiple innovation laboratories.

5% - Budget Oversight
  • Responsible for management and tracking of the College budgets related to the above duties.

10% - Other duties as Assigned by the Senior Associate Dean

What You Will Need
  • Graduate Degree in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated mechanical ability to operate and maintain a variety of specialized technical equipment.
  • Experience in facilities and/or lab management.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • Two years of facilities and/or lab management

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Typical work day (8am-5pm) anticipated for this position. However, iLabs operates from 7am-9pm M-F and the position incumbent will be expected to work shifts across operating hours. The employee in this position will be required to lift or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds and push or pull carts weighing up to 50 pounds. Frequently works off ladders, overhead work, and work on knees.

May require select night and weekend work shifts to support CoE student events and access coordination.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 03/16/2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:Janet Knudson

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.
OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system. This job has "critical or security-sensitive" responsibilities. If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.). Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate. Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSUs Employee and Labor Relations team at

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