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CUNY Laboratory Specialist of Safety and Equipment (Research Programs Specialist) - Nanoscience Initiative - CUNY Advanced Science Research Center in New York, New York

Laboratory Specialist of Safety and Equipment (Research Programs Specialist) - Nanoscience Initiative - CUNY Advanced Science Research Center

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Graduate Center

Full/Part Time




The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), is the Graduate Center’s University-wide venture that elevates CUNY’s legacy of scientific research and education through initiatives in five distinctive, but increasingly interconnected disciplines: environmental sciences, nanoscience, neuroscience, photonics, and structural biology. The ASRC is designed to promote a unique, interdisciplinary research culture with researchers from each of the initiatives working side by side in the ASRC’s core facilities, sharing equipment that is among the most advanced available. To learn more about the Graduate Center’s ASRC visit .

The ASRC Nanoscience Initiative seeks a Laboratory Specialist of Safety and Equipment (Research Programs Specialist) to share and grow our vision in leading a world-class research initiative and provide excellent scientific education and training for our students. The Laboratory Specialist will report to the Director and work closely with the Associate Director to coordinate the safety and regulatory aspects of the Nanoscience Initiative which includes four research labs, three core user facilities, and CAT sponsored industry research. The Laboratory Specialist will support day-to-day research and safety related functions while creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all individuals within the department, including Nanoscience facility users and CAT sponsored industry researchers.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as point of contact for Nanoscience Initiative-wide laboratories (4 research labs, 3 core facilities), CAT-sponsored researchers, and external collaborators and guests and serves as a resource for researchers who use these labs.

  • Provides guidance to researchers on instrument capabilities and suitability for research objectives; provides technical assistance with instruments and equipment when needed

  • Participates in the Nanoscience Initiative’s safety committee and recommends safety policy updates and enforces safety regulations, where appropriate.

  • Provides educational and technical training to researchers on instrument upkeep and maintenance, and chemical waste monitoring and disposal.

  • Collaborates with the Director of Environmental Health Safety and Director of Operations to ensure Nanoscience Initiative labs are compliant and prepared for FDNY inspections; maintains and updates a record of C-14 holders.

  • Creates and maintains safety documentation that is current and suitable for researchers of different levels; distributes the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to researchers.

  • Takes inventory of chemical stock levels and ensures they meet regulatory standards; assists researchers in taking a functioning inventory across the Nanoscience Initiative.

  • Provides updates relating to research equipment performance, availability, and safety and makes recommendations how they can be improved and/or fixed; maintains, calibrates, and factilitates repairs and preventative maintenance of Nanoscience Initiative equipment, where appropriate.

  • Serves as a liaison with external vendors relating to instrument specifications, repairs, and upgrades; coordinates on-site maintenance and training; reviews quotes and proposals from vendors.


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • 4-5 years of related work experience with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field (or 2 years of experience with a master’s or PhD degree).

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Exceptional organization skills and strong attention to detail.

  • Self-motivation to start new projects that are aligned with the Initiative’s vision.

  • Ability to work well with teams in multi-faceted projects.

  • Professional and welcoming attitude with eagerness to assist students, staff, and guests in the Initiative.


Assists in the administration of College research programs.

  • Organizes and manages the requirements of existing funded projects and prepares preliminary materials for grant submission

  • Collects information for, and assists in preparing reports, manuscripts for publication, newsletters, web sites, and other communications

  • Plans, designs and coordinates interdisciplinary information and research planning sessions and professional development activities for faculty and staff

  • May oversee one or more facilities, participating in budgeting, planning, and monitoring, and assuring availability of needed tools and equipment

  • Serves as a consultant and resource to faculty and staff on planning and administering research projects

  • Performs related activities as assigned.

Job Title Name: Research Programs Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on July 11, 2022


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