Laboratory Engineer Khalifa University Abu Dhabi

The Research & Innovation Center for Graphene and 2D Materials (RIC2D) at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi is seeking an experienced, innovative and enterprising Laboratory Engineer knowledgeable of the latest state of the art equipment in a recently developed lab. This is an exciting opportunity in a fast innovative technology for an individual who wants to be part of developing the ecosystem in Abu Dhabi, leading advanced materials to industry through innovation, research and collaboration. University is seeking a Lab Engineer with experience in graphene and other 2D materials applications who has an outstanding track record and meets the requirements of the job description (sections 3 and 4).

Job Purpose

  • The Lab Engineer provides high quality support to the University Research 2D materials labs, related to the day to day operations.
  • This includes equipment management, maintenance of equipment and research facilities, training of staff, offering expert advice on analytical techniques, ensuring measurement reliability and precision, following standard reporting and documentation procedure, and compliance with the University’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) regulations on the use of equipment and materials.
  • To ensure high level research services for users, the Lab Engineer should support and endorse a culture of continuous improvement.

Responsibilities of Laboratory Engineer

Laboratory Safety

  • Design and implement metrics and procedures to ensure compliance with all aspects of Khalifa University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) guidelines and policies.
  • Assess and report safety hazards associated with maintenance and use of equipment.
  • Ensure the safe and effective operation of laboratory equipment and activities following the latest standards and procedures.
  • Participate in drafting of risk assessments.
  • Take immediate action on safety concerns and improvement recommendations.

Laboratory Management

  • Ensure that written SOPs and other operational technical protocols and procedures are made available to all users and supervise their compliance.
  • Contribute to laboratory goals for quality, efficiency, and waste reduction.
  • Prepare daily operational log sheets, identify and analyze repetitive equipment failures and establish replacement programs as necessary.
  • Create and maintain the inventory of all equipment, consumables, and chemicals.


  • Support the implementation of scheduled work plans by faculty members and research leaders.
  • Draw and implement certification and assurance test plans, procedures, and test reports.
  • Author operational manuals and essential operational and safety procedures for equipment and calibration based on manufacturers’ documentation.
  • Coordinate installation and commissioning of new equipment.
  • Design and implement bespoke systems to support experiments.

Management of Laboratory Resources

  • Manage and maintain inventories and purchase lists of parts, consumables, and materials.
  • Evaluate technical requirements and solicit bids from potential vendors of equipment.
  • Advise faculty and researchers on purchasing consumables and accessories.

Research Services

  • Contribute to the continuing innovation and development of the RIC 2D research program.
  • Maintain liaison with investigators, research personnel, and staff to solve specific lab operating problems and improve performance and availability of equipment.


  • Provide and contribute to reporting as required by RIC2D and lab users.
  • Adhere to the University’s information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks.
  • Coordinate with other departments as and when needed.
  • Execute other task as assigned by the Line Manager.

Job Requirements of Laboratory Engineer

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in a related discipline.

Required Experience

  • Expats: A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in research laboratories.
  • UAE Nationals: A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in research laboratories.
  • Demonstrable experience in common surface and structural characterization techniques for 2D materials, such as but not limited to Raman spectroscopy, AFM, deposition.
  • Working experience in operation and first level maintenance of single layer growth equipment and technologies for 2D materials, such as but not limited to ALD and CVD.
  • Demonstrable experience in laboratory operation and support covering aspects of good practices, waste management, documentation, safety, and other lab operational activities.
  • Experience of clean room operation.

Skills & Knowledge Desired Laboratory Engineer

  • Excellent overview of 2D materials synthesis techniques and general thermo physical characterization techniques and principles.
  • High computational skills including chemometrics, modelling, and data analysis using appropriate software.

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