Spectroscopist - Magnetic Resonance Facility

Madison, Wisconsin
Based on qualifications
Nov 07, 2018
Nov 26, 2018
Field of specialization
Analytical, Engineering, General / Technical
Job Type
Full time

The Spectroscopist plays an important role in advancing the state-of-the-art capabilities of the magnetic resonance facility in the Department of Chemistry, which supports critical research and instructional efforts. In close collaboration with faculty and staff, the incumbent will provide equipment user training and oversight, perform spectroscopy service work, and maintain facility equipment. This position reports to the NMR Director.

Principal duties:

1. 50% Partake in the advancement of state-of-the art capabilities in the MR facility.

a) Take a lead role in advancing capabilities with solid-state NMR. Provide user training, assistance, and oversight. Collaborate in research utilizing solid-state NMR.

b) Perform NMR spectroscopy service work which involves customer interactions, NMR sample preparation and disposal, experiment setup, data acquisition, and routine plotting and analysis.

c) Provide primary oversight and training for SQUID magnetometry and Mossbauer spectroscopy.

d) Maintain and improve skills with probe modifications and other hardware-involved innovations.

2. 40% The Spectroscopist position is the focal point for the maintenance of ten instruments, including 7 NMR spectrometers, plus ESR, Mossbauer, and SQUID.

a) Oversee and perform cryogenic fills on superconducting magnets, with assistance from one Teaching Assistant and the Assistant NMR Director.

b) Supervise the maintenance of all equipment to keep it close to new-equipment specifications.

c) Ensure the scheduling and performance of applicable spectroscopic and electronics tests on a regular basis.

d) Ensure that laboratory environmental systems are maintained and functioning correctly (e.g., room temperature, power conditioning).

e) Oversee the proper maintenance and functioning of computers in the facility, including various servers and the spectrometer hosts.

3. 5% Contribute expertise to assist with problems that arise elsewhere in the department. Actively pursue areas where expertise can support research efforts in the department, on campus, and occasionally system campuses or nearby institutions and companies.

4. 5% Utilize advanced training opportunities to obtain and advance skills needed to maintain MR Facility instrumentation to new-equipment specifications and to advance state-of-the-art capabilities. Participate in appropriate training and conferences. Provide presentations or posters in campus courses and at conferences.

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree in chemistry, engineering, or related discipline is required.  A Ph.D. is preferred.

Experience in electronics or MR spectroscopy is required.

Additional Information:

The Spectroscopist will work in a team environment with the NMR Director and Assistant NMR Director and with staff in the Chemistry Instrument Center, Computer Center, Electronics Shop, Machine Shop, and Glassblowing Shop. A period of evaluation will be required.

Application Instructions:

Apply online at jobs.hr.wisc.edu.  You will need to upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor.  Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the identity of the applicant must be released on request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.