Instrument Specialist

Omaha, Nebraska
Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
Sep 21, 2020
Nov 20, 2020
Job Type
Full time

Job Description:

Creighton University invites applications for an instrument specialist position within the chemistry department. The selected candidate will; (i) perform all required maintenance for instructional and research instrumentation, including replacing dewars/gas cylinders, troubleshooting minor instrument issues, diagnosing major equipment failures, initiating and coordinating service/repairs with manufacturer representatives, (ii) maintain teaching laboratory computers, including the upgrade/installation of operating systems and scientific software as needed, (iii) instruct both undergraduate and graduate students on the proper use of department instrumentation for research purposes, (iv) assist with developing new experiments for undergraduate teaching laboratories and instruction of select upper-division laboratories (with full responsibilities, occasionally, for one or two sections), (v) research and become familiar with emerging methods and techniques for instrument use in support of research activities, (vi) assist with planning and implementation of some departmental outreach activities.

A bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, or physics is required along with an advanced degree in a similar or related field, M.S. considered; Ph.D. preferred. Applicants with advanced degrees in unlisted, but related, fields will be considered. Five (5) years’ experience related to the job duties listed preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Expertise with one, or preferably more, of the following: optical spectrometers (UV-Vis, IR, fluorescence, microplate readers, etc); chromatography instruments (GC, GC/MS, HPLC, etc.); NMR, mass spectrometry, and laser-equipped instrumentation. A more complete list of shared instrumentation in our department can be found at the following link: Expertise in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), computer programming, and computer operation systems including Unix, Windows, Mac that interface with laboratory instruments. Ability to multi-task while maintaining high standards and attention to detail. Excellent verbal and written skills required.

Submission Information:

Applicants must submit all application materials online at The complete application must include; (i) a letter of intent, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and (iv) three letters of recommendation. Review of completed applications will begin on November 2, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

AAP/EEO Statement:

Creighton University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory educational and employment environment. The University admits qualified students, hires qualified employees and accepts patients for treatment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other status protected by law. Its education and employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs and activities, are administered without unlawful discrimination.

Disclosure Statement:

This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. A complete description is available in the Human Resource office located at 3006 Webster Street Omaha, NE. Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.