Laboratory Engineering Manager

Oculus Research is seeking a dynamic leader to join us as Laboratory Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA. Your job will be to support a world-class, multi-disciplinary team of researchers, engineers, and lab technicians. You will marshal our efforts to provide lab spaces, equipment, and resources used to gain a scientific understanding of soft robotics and whatever else we dream up to create the ultimate VR experience. You will ensure this understanding is widely disseminated through public and internal presentations, top-tier scientific publications, white papers, and patents. This understanding will be further proven out by creating prototypes of next-generation VR hardware and experiences, leveraging the wide-ranging engineering talent within Oculus Research, a process that will be directly driven by the research team.


  • Manage the operations, equipment and personnel for multiple labs
  • Responsible for soft robotics fabrication & characterization, materials development, and micro-fabrication
  • Manage a growing team of laboratory managers, engineers, specialists, technicians, vendors
  • Responsible for coordinating cleanroom & lab build-out, equipment installation & upgrade
  • Define the strategy for directing and communicating lab processes including publications and IP discoveries
  • Work with lab managers to:
  • -Define and enforce safety protocols, ensure compliance with EHS protocols
  • -Establish workflow management system for work-in-progress optimization
  • -Define and coordinate preventative maintenance across all lab equipment and auxiliary tools
  • -Ensure laboratory process documentation is generated, updated, and reviewed to a high standard
  • -Source and maintain laboratory equipment and machinery and inventories of supplies (substrates, chemicals, consumables, etc.)
  • -Work with the site facilities team to address issues affecting labs
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Medicine, Optics, Chemistry, Administration or related field
  • 5+ years managing a fabrication facility with core responsibilities in operations
  • 5+ years of experience working in a cleanroom work environment
  • Experience managing vendor and contractor engagements in a leadership position
  • Recognition of lab safety as a priority, experience with EHS compliance
  • Communication experience to facilitate the work of a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of chemical handling & disposal protocols
  • Experience creating, tracking, and organizing research documentation, experiment results, and research plans
  • Master’s degree or PhD in Engineering, Medicine, Optics, Chemistry, Administration, or related field
  • Experience working with vacuum system operation & maintenance
  • Experience working with plasma and coating systems
  • Experience managing a team of lab personnel, providing technical mentorship, and enabling career growth
  • Strong process development and validation skills
  • Experience working in a hands-on fashion to resolve equipment issues prior to pulling in vendor field service

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