Director of Laboratories

New York City, New York
Salary commensurate with experience.
Nov 20, 2017
Dec 20, 2017
Field of specialization
General / Technical
Job Type
Full time

Reporting to the Chair of Chemistry, the incumbent is responsible for managing the operation of the Chemistry complex, comprising research and teaching laboratories, and classrooms, along with, management and renovation for the Chemistry Department.

She/he advises the Chair and the designee of the Executive Vice President of Arts and Science (Dir. of Facilities and Space Planning for Arts and Science) on policy issues regarding implementation of systems for the support of research and instruction, as well as policies pertaining to physical plant management, handling and shipping of chemical and waste materials, and health and safety issues related to chemistry laboratories.

Directs operation of science research and teaching complex, encompassing approximately 200,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space.

Develops and implements procedures for meeting requirements of safety and security. Ensures compliance with Federal, State and City regulations. Responsible for building and room access systems. Promotes and monitors compliance with applicable policies and procedures governing the chemical storage and waste disposal and laboratory safety. Supervises technician responsible for equipment repairs and minor renovations. Responsible for managing the preventative maintenance program for all mechanical equipment under his/her areas of responsibility. Coordinates with Facilities Management maintenance and repairs of mechanical systems. Coordinates with Environmental Health and Safety for the safe conduct of laboratory research.

Responsible for the department's space inventory. Will work with the Director of Facilities and Space Planning for A&S to optimize space utilization within the Department. Coordinates with the Dir. of Facilities and Space Planning for A&S in the design and construction personnel on the planning and execution of major renovation projects. Assesses long, and short, range physical plant needs and develop alternative solutions to space problems. 

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or a related field.  5-7 years relevant experience.  Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in Chemistry or related field.  

All applications, including resume and cover letter, must be submitted through Columbia's online system. For more information and to apply, please go to:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.