Manager Chemical Instructional Services

Ames, Iowa
Commensurate with qualifications
Feb 13, 2019
Mar 15, 2019
Field of specialization
Analytical, Physical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The Department of Chemistry seeks a scientific manager to administer its instrumentation facility, which provides the university research committee a wide range of state-of-the-art chemical analytical capabilities. The manager will be responsible for setting direction and policy for the facility (in conjunction with the department chair) as well as providing technical support for one or more of its principle areas of expertise: NMR, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography, and miscellaneous smaller instrumentation. The manager will direct the activities of a group of PhD-level staff scientists, supervise budgeting and billing, plan for and implement new instrument and acquisition (including proposal writing), and supervise training of students for usage of the instrumentation. The manager will work with faculty and students to develop new ways to do their research and understand developing instrumentation needs of the department.

The successful candidate will have excellent technical skills in an area that results in complementary expertise within the Instrumentation Group. The manager will have excellent written and oral communication skills suitable for negotiating with grant agencies and instrument companies as well as writing scientific grant proposals.

For further information about this position and to apply online see The application package should include a cover letter, a CV, and a list of three references.

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 34,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree and 2 years of related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. in physical or analytical chemistry;
  • Experience in an instrumentation service group at university, national lab, corporate research lab, or similar;
  • Supervisory experience in a major chemical instrumentation area (, mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, miscellaneous small instrumentation) that will complement existing staff.
  • Applications experience in a major chemical instrumentation area;
  • Experience in preparation of instrumentation grants and the installation procedures of major instruments;
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in the troubleshooting and repair of chemical instrumentation.