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RE/SA - Lab Manager

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

RE/SA - Lab Manager


Hiring Department:

Oden Institute


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2024





Job Details:

General Notes

The overarching goal of the James T. Willerson Center for Cardiovascular Modeling and Simulation (WCCMS) is developing computational biomechanical models for understanding heart valve and heart disease progression for developing clinical interventions, including prosthetics devices. We develop or utilize a range of unique in-vivo and in-vitro data for elucidating mechanisms that underlie the observed pathologies. Our modeling focus is the detailed incorporation of this data to provide a high level of physical and physiological realism and validation, working at the continuum-cellular, fibrous tissue, and whole organ levels. We ultimately seek to provide cardiovascular scientists and clinicians with advanced simulations for the rational development of treatments for structural heart and heart valve diseases. Such simulations can ultimately lead to reduction in development time, lowering of morbidity and mortality, reduced re-operative rates, and lessened post-operative recovery time. Moreover, the development and use of these tools in the context of patient-specific models will ultimately also allow clinicians to craft cardiovascular therapies that are optimized for the cardiovascular system of individuals, with a resulting increase in success and decrease in risk adverse side effects.

This is a position for a Soft Tissue/Biomaterial Biomechanical Experimentalist with expertise in mechanical testing and evaluation of soft tissues and biomaterials using computer-controlled testing equipment, morphology, and related data analysis. Knowledge of the mechanical behavior of materials, materials testing equipment, optical strain measurements, basic design of simple to moderately complex systems. On the software side, as all the instruments are controlled by LabView knowledge of this software package essential. Some basic familiarity with Python will also be very helpful. In addition, knowledge of basic clean lab techniques, excellent manual skills, basic microscopy and image capturing, and organization and laboratory record keeping are all required. Finally, some minor management of the EER lab is required.  Opportunities for image-guided computational analyses will also present themselves.


The primary purpose is to design, conduct and direct experimental studies which work in conjunction with computational work in the Willerson Center for Cardiovascular Modeling and Simulation under direction of Professor Sacks in the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences and the Department of Biomedical Engineering.


  • Conduct basic to moderately complex multi-axial biomechanical experimental studies on soft tissues, biomaterials, maintenance and further development of novel experimental equipment,  all leading to peer-reviewed publications.
  • Prepare detailed technical reports and specific sections of project plans, as well as any modifications to the equipment and any required computer programing.   May assist research associates, postdoctoral fellows and faculty with specific phases of research projects.
  • Some minor duties will include oversight of EER lab operations, including ordering of supplies, equipment maintenance related training per university rules.
  • Assist with laboratory tours and lab PR as needed.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a scientific, engineering or technical field. Expertise in computer-controlled devices using LabView.  Minor management experience.  Requires expert background in material testing and associated equipment.  All the lab instruments are controlled by LabView, knowledge of this software package is required.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

BS/MS degree (or close to one) in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering or a related field. One or more years as a laboratory assistant in biomedical/computational field. Experience in conducting mechanical tests on soft materials and analyzing and compiling the data. Additional software skills using Matlab and especially Python and associated scientific libraries.

Salary Range

$35,000 + depending on qualifications (based on 30 hrs/week)

Working Conditions

The WCCMS EER lab is a new, state of the art open-lab design research building. Most of the EER lab is complete and setup. Some work may involve use chemicals and fumes using fume hoods, but in general is standard office conditions.

  • May work around chemicals and chemical fumes.
  • May work around standard office conditions.
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.
  • Use of manual dexterity.

Work Shift

Monday-Friday, Hours flexible between 7:00am to 10:00pm

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
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Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2021 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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