East Penn Manufacturing Company

R&D Laboratory Administrator

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 4 weeks ago(11/10/2023 1:02 PM)
Requisition ID
Category (Portal Searching)
Requisition Type (Portal Searching)
Regular Full-Time


Navitas is ready to invest in you!  We are seeking an experienced Lab Administrator in Ann Arbor, Michigan that will work as part of the research & development team, will handle most R&D laboratory support functions (R&D equipment management and maintenance program, waste management, chemical hygiene team, chemical inventory, R&D liaison to facilities engineering and environmental/health/safety teams, etc.) for a 25-person battery science laboratory.  The Administrator may have special assignments or assist with lithium-ion battery laboratory work during lull periods in laboratory administration.


Estimated hourly rate range:  $20-$22


Salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education and training


  • Handle R&D lab management committees(s) and functions, including but not limited to:

(1) Manage equipment/area hygiene, maintenance and internal owner (“champion”) assignments,

(2) Chemical hygiene including chemical inventory and SDS management,

(3) R&D team chemical waste management,

(4) Policy enforcement including chemical labelling, safety policies, and PPE wear,

(5) Conduct R&D area inspections,

(6) Liaison to Navitas/East Penn facilities and environmental, health and safety teams,

(7) Lab equipment calibrations management,

(8) R&D documents control and quality/compliance system management,

(9) Consumable materials management, inventory and replenishment; etc.

(10) Evaluate staff annually on compliance with laboratory management policies and assignments

  • Allocate and manage lab management tasks and assignments to R&D staff members.
  • Train the R&D staff on lab management, R&D team, and Navitas policies.
  • Operate lab equipment and conduct chemistry-type laboratory work to prepare battery material samples, battery electrodes, and lithium battery test cells as assigned.
  • Test data work up and reporting.
  • Contribute to reports and presentations as directed.
  • Author and follow work orders, traveler sheets, verbal instructions, engineering drawings, standard operating procedures, work instructions, floor plans, etc.
  • Comply with Navitas policies and procedures.
  • On site presence is essential and necessary including weekends and holidays if deemed.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.


  • AS/BA/BS or equivalent in a STEM field or career (chemistry, biology, general science, engineering technology, industrial hygiene, etc.). Chemistry-type laboratory experience is required.
  • Individuals with advanced degrees (MS+) will be considered, but are not preferred, for this position.
  • Previous exposure to, experience in, or coursework/training in laboratory management or support functions including chemical hygiene, facility management, equipment maintenance/management, and/or environmental/health/safety, is required.
  • 1+ years of battery R&D or battery industry (or similar industry) experience is highly preferred.
  • Basic project or operations management skills are preferred.

East Penn Benefits

Navitas/East Penn offers excellent benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Group health insurance that includes high quality medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage with a low employee premium
  • Retirement Savings Plan with company match and a 3% employer contribution
  • Paid company holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Employee assistance program
  • Fitness Discounts
  • Promotional opportunities

At Navitas/East Penn, our employees are our culture; our employees will always be the heart of the company. We are a private, family-owned enterprise committed to cultivating an atmosphere that honors the contributions of everyone.  We want our employees to have long-term careers, and many do. More than 38% of our workforce has over a decade of service. Our open-door management policy, comprehensive benefits package, employee appreciation and recognition events, and career advancement opportunities are just some of the ways we show our employees how incredibly valued they are.




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