Director of Laukien-Purcell Instrumentation Center

Cambridge, Massachusetts
May 22, 2019
Jun 21, 2019
Job Type
Full time

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University is seeking a Director to support leading academic research in our Laukien-Purcell Instrumentation Center. The Director is expected to establish the center as a world-class instrumentation facility.  The successful candidate will work alongside faculty and researchers to provide training, consultation, and analysis in the field of NMR spectroscopy. The Center houses seven NMR spectrometers, one EPR spectrometer, one SQUID-MPMS, one FTIR, and one LCMS. The Director will be responsible for, with the help of an electronic technician, routine instrument maintenance, instrument training, and day-to-day operation of all spectrometers, including user schedules, cryogen refills, software upgrades, instrument calibrations, spectrometer troubleshooting, and on-site hardware and software repairs. The Director will provide all aspects of technical and educational support, including acquiring and interpreting spectra, implementing new experimental techniques, and technical training to researchers. The incumbent will work to develop, and collaborate with faculty users, to establish and assess a strategic plan which includes acquiring equipment to discover and test new methodologies, keeping abreast on cutting-edge technologies, and continuing to make the Department, and Center, a leading facility to conduct ground breaking science. The Director is responsible for aggressively initiating as well as leading proposal development and submission for new instrumentation purchases, working closely with relevant faculty to include a compelling case based on science and potential scientific advances. The successful candidate will work with the Department to obtain PI rights, as relevant, and will have the opportunity to teach. Although the primary responsibility of the director is in a service capacity, it is anticipated that the Director may engage in research (e.g. new NMR methods or mechanistic problems involving spectroscopy).  As this position has a diverse client base, the ideal candidate will have superior ability to collaborate and partner with students, keeping in line with the Departments mission to “educate, to serve, to enable”. The Director will work with the Associate Director of Finance and Research Administration on rate setting for the facility, budgeting, and resource allocation. Additionally, the Director will work with the Associate Director of Administration to manage center staff including involvement in hiring, firing, performance management and professional development. This position will report to the Executive Director of the Department with strong oversight by the NMR Faculty Committee.


Basic Qualifications :

PhD in Physical or Life Sciences and 8 years of experience with extensive knowledge and experience in NMR.


Additional Qualifications :

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience with EPR spectroscopies, and digital and RF electronics.
  • Have substantial experience in collaborating and working with a diverse population of constituents including faculty, students and staff and a successful track record of working effectively across all levels.
  • Be a creative problem-solver with the ability to adapt to change and to respond quickly to shifting priorities.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Have strong interpersonal skills and a service-oriented approach
  • Be experienced with proposal development
  • Possess supervisory experience
  • Have experience providing technical and educational support


Additional Information :

We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community

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All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.