Director of Engineering, High Containment Lab – World renowned and leading university and research institute based in Atlanta, GA

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Director of Engineering, High Containment Lab – World renowned and leading university and research institute based in Atlanta, GA


Atlanta, GA

Full Time

Full Time



It’s time to work at a place where you make a difference. As one of the nation’s preeminent institutions of higher learning, a deep tradition of academic innovation thrives here. Our faculty and staff members work together to support the university’s mission: to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.

We don’t believe that human knowledge should be limited by a lack of imagination, and we don’t think your career should be either. Where will your dreams take you next? We bet it’s at Emory.

Position Summary:

Located 36 miles east of Atlanta on Emory’s original campus, Oxford College of Emory University is accepting applications for an experienced Director of Engineering for their High Containment Lab. This person will be responsible for evaluation of engineering control systems, coordinating with University entities to assure laboratories are properly maintained, participating in laboratory design review, construction oversight, and commissioning assistance.

Key Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Reporting to the Senior Director of Engineering Services, this position is responsible for engineering oversight of high containment laboratory systems (Biosafety Safety Level 3 and Animal Biosafety Level 3) as well as engineering and controls for Biosafety Level 2 laboratories. 
  • Develops a consistent management routine to review the BAS controls graphics and fault detection programs to look for potential disruption in functions.
  • Reviews and advises FM team related to Preventative Maintenance tasks for each lab.
  • Reviews completed PMs for adequacy and timeliness. Tracks repairs of equipment and systems.
  • Coordinates FM activities related to the annual maintenance shutdown for high containment labs. Maintains detailed and accurate project records including testing protocols, trend data, and reports.
  • Works to support rational and beneficial energy conservation in lab HVAC operations.
  • Collaborates with members of the Emory community including Environmental Health and Safety, School of Medicine, Emory College and Facilities Management staff.
  • Provides technical assistance to Yerkes National Primate Center and Emory University Hospital related to labs and ventilation strategies as requested.
  • Serves on relevant University research related committees including Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering or lab related science degree from an ABET accredited program
  • Minimum of 10 years of related work experience
  • General knowledge of building codes and state and federal regulations
  • Working knowledge of laboratory design and Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL)
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment where necessary.
  • A Professional Engineer license in the State of Georgia is preferred. 
  • Prefer active membership of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) organization, both Georgia Chapter and National organization.

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