NMR Instrument Technician
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Instrumentation support for research and teaching activities within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Is responsible for utilization, maintenance, troubleshooting, and upgrade of analytical instrumentation and software used in teaching and research settings. Trains and supervises users, and works with faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral individuals to solve research problems.
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or related field.
Three years of experience with the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy instruments and experience in the operation of other analytical instruments.
Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a collaborative team with faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers.
Must possess motivation, reliable work habits, and the ability to initiate and complete tasks independently.
Basic computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.
Master’s degree in Chemistry or related field.
5 years of experience in the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of NMR instrumentation.
Experience in the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of other analytical instrumentation, which includes some of the following, (1) molecular, atomic and structural spectroscopy instrumentation (FTIR, UV/Vis, fluorescence, Raman, ICP-OES, x-ray diffraction), (2) mass spectrometry instrumentation (GC-MS, ESI-LC-MS, MALDI MS), (3) chromatography instrumentation (GC, LC, SEC/GPC, IC), (4) thermal and mechanical analysis instrumentation (TGA, DSC, DMA), (5) atomic force microscopy and electrochemistry instrumentation.
Duties & Responsibilities
Perform instrument maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and software upgrades.
Train faculty members, students, and researchers in use of analytical instrumentation and software as well as insure operator safety.
Perform and/or oversee necessary preparations for laboratory class instrumentation use.
Perform sample analysis, including calibration, quality assurance, and quality control.
Assist students, faculty, and staff in generic data interpretation.
Train and supervise student employees in running routine instrumental analyses.
Prepare and maintain standard operating procedures for instruments.
Maintain instrument data security.
Maintain consumables and cost records for instruments.
Oversee proper disposal of hazardous waste generated by instruments.
Perform other duties as assigned.
About the Department
The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers programs at the BS and MS level and interdisciplinary PhD programs in Science of Materials and in Environmental Sciences and in Biochemistry. Students and faculty utilize modern instrumentation for lab classes and research. The research facilities support externally funded research by faculty with grants from NIH, NSF, and DOD. The department supports student and faculty research with 500 and 300 MHz multinuclear NMR spectrometers. In addition, a broad range of analytical and chemical characterization instrumentation is available that includes GC/MS, LC/ESI-MS, optical spectrometers (FT-IR, Raman, UV/Vis), diffractometers (powder XRD and XRF), AFM, and many types of chromatography, and thermal mechanical analysis (TGA, DSC, DMA).
Message to Applicants
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