NMR and MS Specialist

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State University of New York

College of Environmental Science and Forestry

1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, New York 13210-2778

January 6, 2023

About College of Environmental Science and Forestry:

Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the nation's oldest and most respected school dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable future. The ESF main campus is in Syracuse, NY and has regional campuses throughout Central New York and the Adirondack Park. ESF consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Peterson's Guide, The Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and other national college guidebooks.

Budget Title: Instructional Support Specialist

Campus Title: NMR and MS Specialist

Unit: Analytical & Technical Services

Professional Rank and Salary: SL-4, commensurate with experience

Location: Syracuse, NY

About Analytical and Technical Services Unit:

The mission of Analytical and Technical Services (A&TS) is to provide specialized, customer-focused, value-added support services that support the College’s instruction, research and public service agenda. Services include instrumental analytical methods, scientific equipment and instrument repair/design/fabrication, and chemical/laboratory apparatus stockroom services. The A&TS spectroscopy facilities include a Bruker AVANCE HD 800 MHz NMR; a Bruker AVANCE 600 MHz NMR; and Mass Spectrometry (MS) facility with an array of eight (8) LC and GC Mass Spectrometers including: two Single Quad, three Triple Quad and two high resolution Orbitrap Mass Spectrometers. These instruments are available for College research projects and instruction, as well as external academic and industrial customers, including nearby research teams at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University, and Cornell University. Additional information is available at https://www.esf.edu/ats/.

Description of Duties:

The Specialist will operate, maintain, repair, support and teach about the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Mass Spectrometry (MS) facility within the Analytical and Technical Services (A&TS) unit. The Specialist will work with ESF faculty, ESF students, A&TS professional staff, members of outside academic institutions, medical centers, research laboratories, local industries, and the greater scientific community in supplying assigned spectrometric information. As supervisor of the NMR and Mass Spectrometry facility, the Specialist will:

  • Operate NMR and MS instruments, and develop effective sample preparation methods.
  • Calibrate, maintain, and repair sophisticated and complex instrumentation; keep lab equipment operating by following operating instructions, troubleshooting breakdowns, and performing preventive maintenance or repairs not otherwise covered by service contract. Coordinate with and schedule preventive maintenance or repairs by service technicians.
  • Perform cryogen fills, order lab consumables, and arrange for proper disposal of lab wastes.
  • Manage, interpret, and evaluate complex data, provide written reports, generate and analyze data using scientific and statistical techniques.
  • Maintain contemporary knowledge of new techniques though literature review and formal training.
  • Schedule and set priorities for the proper utilization of the instrumentation.
  • Supervise the activities of temporary student assistants, graduate students, or faculty in the safe operation of the facilities.
  • Follow laboratory hygiene. Maintain a clean, organized working environment. Perform housekeeping duties as required. Manage the laboratory waste. Perform all work activities in a safe and timely manner. Proactively identify safety related items and initiate appropriate actions. Participate in safety audits and safety meetings.
  • Collaborate with researchers in the design and conduct of sophisticated experiments. Participate in or lead submission of publications.
  • Assist in the development of proposals to fund new equipment and support research projects.
  • Support instructional activities. Train and supervise students, instructors, and researchers to be qualified operators.
  • Work with Director of A&TS to promote use of A&TS facilities, including soliciting new research partnerships. Maintain and submit records for service billing.
  • Create a supportive customer-focused atmosphere. Maintain a collaborative working relationship with ESF staff, faculty, and students.
  • Perform other duties as directed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, or relevant field
  • Five years of relevant operational experience in analytical laboratory with High Field Bruker NMR and High Thermo Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometers
  • A strong theoretical knowledge of analytical characterization techniques as well as practical, hands-on experience. Experience with sampling and experimental techniques and statistical data analysis.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills as evidenced by authorship of publications, manuals, reports, grant proposals, conference presentations or seminar leadership

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, or relevant field.
  • Continuing education and training certifications.
  • Experienced using statistical software and MS Office suite
  • Supervisory experience as evidenced by increased responsibility for supervising small teams, or leading research efforts
  • College-level teaching experience
  • Budget management experience as evidenced by budget development, cost control, inventory management
  • A fundamental knowledge of oscilloscopes, ohmmeters, and other electrical testing and repair equipment for testing RF, digital, and analog signals.

Personal Attributes

  • Must be self-motivated, organized, detail oriented, and capable of routinely working in a high throughput laboratory environment.
  • Mechanical aptitude and ability to learn to assemble, operate, and troubleshoot variety of analytical laboratory equipment.
  • Work effectively with others and demonstrate a positive teamwork approach, regularly interface with internal customers.
  • Can perform manual labor tasks required for daily lab operations. Able to safely lift and manipulate up to 50 pounds, move gas cylinders, move liquid nitrogen/helium dewars, and use hand and power tools. Able to work in strong magnetic field environments
  • Able to read and apply the information presented in professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations.

Application Procedure: Application materials are required to be submitted online at www.esf.edu. Please provide cover letter, resume, and at least three references (we will not contact references without prior permission).

Application Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by February 5, 2023 to ensure optimal consideration.

Internal Procedures: UUP-represented employees of ESF desiring consideration under the Advanced Internal Application Procedures should submit application materials online and notify the Office of Human Resources that they would like early consideration by January 21, 2023.

Additional Information:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” institutions of higher education are required to prepare an annual report containing information on campus security policies and campus statistics. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SUNY-ESF; and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a printed copy of this report by contacting SUNY-ESF University Police at 315-470-6667 or by accessing the following web site: http://www.esf.edu/univpolice/crimereports/

SUNY ESF is a Smoke and Tobacco Free campus and is dedicated to providing a healthy and safe environment for the entire campus. For more information you can visit our Tobacco and Smoke Free Policy at https://www.esf.edu/au/documents/ESF%20Tobacco%20Free.pdf

SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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