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Laboratory Executive/Technician (Laboratory Operations & Management)

Date: 25-May-2023


Company: National University of Singapore

Job Role

The Institute for Functional Intelligent Materials is looking for a laboratory staff to support the operational needs of shared facilities such as the furnace laboratory, gas storage and distribution and chilled water distribution system, and will work with the Directors, Facility Managers and researchers at the institute. The job scope will cover:

Gas storage, distribution and alarm system

  • Liaise with term contractors for alarm maintenance, servicing and fault reporting
  • Interact with day to day gas alarm and provide training to researchers
  • Manage gas inventory and notify procurement for timely ordering and stock piling
  • Oversee safety and installation of gas cylinders, including hazardous gases
  • Purge gas lines and connect cylinders to the designated manifolds
  • Support facility manager to plan for adding new types of gases and work with safety officer to ensure compliance to regulations
  • For high pressure vessels, arrange for periodic testing of pressure integrity and valve operations
  • Work with contractors on sourcing new gas cabinets, if required
  • Work with architects and contractors to extend existing gas pipe to the location of new equipment
  • Support the laboratory response team in addressing incidents that trigger the alarm systems

Furnace laboratory support

  • Day to day operations of maintaining gas lines to furnaces
  • In charge of leak tests (using leak detector) for existing and newly installed piping connections
  • Procure spare parts such as pipes, NPT/KF parts, safety valves, regulators, etc
  • Liaise with vendors and suppliers in providing onsite support for periodic maintenance of mass flow controllers, calibration of furnaces, scrubbers (exhaust purification system), pumps (dry scroll, diaphragm, etc), canopy hoods (heat extraction), HPF and BAF (gas exhaust fans) and connecting chilled water to furnace tubes
  • Responsible for decontamination duties of furnace tubes
  • Source and procure new furnace tubes

Chilled water distribution system (chillers)

  • Inspect laboratories weekly in finding leaks or faulty connections for the water supply, flow meters and pressure and temperature gauges
  • Oversee rectifications and replacements of faulty parts and meters
  • Physically inspect chillers and pumps to check for icing, rust, unusual noise, etc
  • Provide onsite support for quarterly maintenance with term contractors
  • Interface with users during maintenance/servicing schedule
  • Engage vendors and provide onsite support for connecting chilled water to compressors


  • Arrange term contractors for solving electrical, mechanical, aircon and infrastructure related problems
  • Respond actively to user complaints and be on standby for emergency situations
  • Should be expected to work overtime or on weekends during emergencies


  • At least a Diploma/Bachelor of Science degree in sciences, engineering or their equivalent
  • Have at least three years' working experience in operation, support and/or managerial roles in research labs or industry (preferably gas, chemical, semiconductor or aircon)
  • Good communication and social skills, with ability to communicate well with contractors and vendors of various nationalities
  • Familiarity with statutory safety regulations and basic understanding on operation of chillers would be a bonus
  • A good team player and keen to provide hands-on support for a wide range of activities
  • Proactive and able to anticipate and plan for laboratory needs and supplies
  • A strong sense of responsibility, professional integrity and diligence

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presence is required.

Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus

Organization: Institute for Functional Intelligent Materials

Department : Technical & Research Support

Job requisition ID : 19190