Lab Manager, Ferguson Structural Engineering Research Laboratory (FSEL)

Job Details:

The Lab Manager will manage and coordinate lab operations at the Ferguson Structural Engineering Research Laboratory (FSEL). Work in close collaboration with FSEL staff, students, and faculty on coordinating laboratory resources to support funded research contracts. Maintain and oversee a safe working environment. Assist in operating and maintaining laboratory equipment and facilities.

As a top-10 engineering school with the No. 1 program in Texas, the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has been a global leader in technology innovation and engineering education for over a century. With 11 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs, over 20 research centers and a faculty community that boasts one of the highest number of National Academy of Engineering members among U.S. universities, Texas Engineering has launched some of the nation’s most accomplished leaders and pioneered world-changing solutions in virtually every industry, from space exploration to energy to health care. Situated in the heart of Austin — named “America’s Coolest City” by Expedia and “The Best Place to Live in the U.S.” by U.S. News and World Report — the Cockrell School embodies the city’s innovative spirit. Major companies with Austin campuses, such as Dell, National Instruments, Apple, IBM, Samsung, Google, and many others, continue to recruit Cockrell School students at a remarkable rate, launching thousands of successful careers and developing Texas Engineers into industry leaders.

The Cockrell School is committed to building an inclusive environment, free from all forms of hate, racism and injustice, where students, faculty and staff feel safe and supported.  We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcome all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender and gender expression, or socioeconomic background.


  • Coordinates and schedules FSEL activities that support research

  • Assists staff and students with the fabrication, erection, and construction of test setups and test specimens

  • Trains and oversees students with the use of power tools, saws, drills and other fabrication equipment

  • Operates overhead cranes and forklifts for transportation of heavy equipment, test fixtures, and test specimens

  • Develops and enforces laboratory safety protocols

  • Oversees maintenance and operation of laboratory equipment, including hydraulic loading equipment, tools, and material lifting and transportation equipment. Manages orderly storage of materials and equipment

  • Supports operation and maintenance of teaching laboratory equipment for materials testing

  • Assists in building management functions, including annual inventory of equipment, and coordination of building repairs and renovations

  • Supervises FSEL Staff

  • Supports Management of the FSEL Service Center

Required Qualifications:

High School Degree. Significant experience in construction or closely-related technical field.  

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Salary Range:

$80,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions:

  • May work in all weather conditions

  • May work in standard office conditions

Physical Tasks:

  • May require repetitive use of keyboard at a workstation

  • May require use of manual dexterity

  • Climbing ladders

  • Lifting and moving

Required Materials:

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

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