Science Instrumentation Manager

Furman University
Greenville, South Carolina
Mar 26, 2018
Apr 25, 2018
Field of specialization
General / Technical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time


Job Title

Science Instrumentation Manager


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Position Type



Full Time/Part Time

Full Time


Salary Grades - Exempt

Level 7 $46,400.00 - $74,100.00


Salary Grades - Non-Exempt

Not Applicable


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Work Unit

Academic Affairs


Position Summary Information


Job Description Summary

The Science Instrumentation Manager will oversee and maintain critical scientific instrumentation located within the Charles H. Townes Science Center (Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science and Physics), which may include faculty and/or student training if needed. The manager will also initiate and expedite service from internal or external technicians as required to facilitate repairs, and manage instrument service contracts.


Specific responsibilities of this position include maintaining and troubleshooting major scientific instrumentation including NMRs, mass spectrometers, microscopes, optical spectrometers, separations equipment, thermal analysis equipment, water purification systems and related apparatus; working with appropriate vendors to maintain controlled environment systems; managing instrument service contracts; working with Furman ITS to streamline networking and data storage; and decommissioning non-functional equipment as appropriate.


Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences.


Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.


The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes The Riley Institute, The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Herring Center for Continuing, Graduate, and Professional Education, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Exploration, The Shucker Center for Leadership Development, The Malone Center for Career Engagement, and our newest addition, The Center for Inclusive Communities.


Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches. The newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina. It is an ideal place to live and work.


Minimum Qualifications

Minimum B.S degree in STEM field, with 3+ years of experience operating and/or repairing scientific instrumentation (experience with NMR, MS, molecular separations and optics instrumentation strongly desired).


Ability to operate equipment and complete lab procedures normally used for and in support of undergraduate research and laboratory-based curricula.


Experience in use of computers and instrument software required.


Must demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.


Physical Demands

Work involves reaching, stooping, kneeling crouching, pushing/pulling and lifting and carrying to set up labs and operate equipment.


Work Environment

Work involves limited contact with chemical and materials requiring knowledge of safety procedures.


Posting Detail Information


Close Date



Employment Period:

12 Month


Special Instructions to Applicants

The cover letter should fully detail past experience with use, oversight and maintenance of scientific equipment/instrumentation.


The cover letter should also include a description of how your experience, mentoring and/or service might contribute to a liberal arts college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values.


The unofficial transcripts should be for college and if applicable postgraduate.


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