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Instrumentation Specialist

Apply now Job no: 494161
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City
Categories: College of Arts & Sciences, Drexel University, Professional Staff

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Job Summary:

Drexel University's Chemistry Department is seeking an Instrumentation Specialist.
Responsibilities of the position include the oversight of departmental chemical analysis and mass spectrometry instrumentation, which includes troubleshooting and minor repair, routine maintenance, calibration, and the training of users. The ideal candidate would likely not be an expert at the operation of all of the instruments listed below already, but has a curiosity and a willingness to learn those instruments or techniques that they don’t already know.

Essential Functions:

Instrument repair and calibration, Instrumentation related training or meetings, Instrument computer support, Administrative tasks (email and searching for specialized parts/ordering).

Other relevant duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree, Chemistry. Minimum of 3 years related experience.

Other Requirements (e.g.: Licenses, Certifications, Systems Knowledge, etc.):

-Perform routine maintenance and periodic calibration
-Troubleshoot and perform minor repairs in collaboration with manufacturer or third-party service personnel
-Arrange for instrument service when required
-Train users (undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral associates, visiting researchers, faculty, etc.) in the proper use of the instruments
-Serve as analytical instrument resource for research project needs
-Maintain information about instrumentation on the department's website
-Maintain hardware and software upgrades for instrumentation.
-Maintain a supply of consumables, supplies, and gases for instruments
-Maintain computers interfaced with the department instrumentation
-Maintain a clean & safe working environment in the various instrument facilities
-Assist other department Electronics Instrument Specialists in the MS or NMR facility when required
-Run high-resolution MS samples for faculty and/or their students

Preferred Qualifications:

The position requires excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently, and the ability to work productively with individuals of varying backgrounds and levels of expertise.

BS degree in Chemistry required, MS or PhD in chemistry preferred. At least 3 years of experience with chemical instrumentation preferred, particularly for those with only a BS degree.

Current Instrumentation: flame atomic absorption spectrometer w/graphite furnace accessory, fluorescence spectrometer, capillary column gas chromatograph, capillary column gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer system, quaternary gradient ultra-high performance liquid chromatograph, quaternary gradient high performance liquid chromatograph, binary gradient high performance liquid chromatograph triple‐quadrupole mass spectrometer system, Fourier‐transform infrared absorption spectrometer w/attenuated total reflectance sampling accessory, Fourier‐transform infrared microscope, thermogravimetric analyzer, (3) UV/visible absorption spectrometers (one including a solid state diffuse reflectance accessory), laser diffraction particle size analyzer, circular dichroism spectrometer, capillary electrophoresis system, computer interfaced electronics workstation, including multiple NI ELVIS II/III systems and Quanser Analog Electronics Lab Suite (Analytical Instrumentation Lab, Disque 407); (6) Ocean Optics USB spectrometers, BAS electrochemical system, Fourier‐transform infrared absorption spectrometer, UV/visible absorption spectrometer (Disque 409); (2) Fourier‐ transform infrared absorption spectrometers, 2 capillary column gas chromatographs, high performance liquid chromatograph, microwave synthesizer, 90MHz Fourier-Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (PISB 502); (2) optical microscopes, Nanodrop UV/visible absorption spectrometer, capillary electrophoresis system, gel imaging system, ISS fluorescence polarization spectrometer, ISS fluorescence lifetime spectrometer (Department Microscopy Facility, Stratton 416); Fourier‐transform infrared absorption spectrometer, (2) Renishaw UV/visible Raman microscope/spectrometer systems, dynamic light scattering spectrometer (Vibrational Spectroscopy Lab, Disque 113); Thermo-Finnigan LTQ-FT FT-ICR Mass Spectrometer w/Thermo Surveyor HPLC, Bruker Autoflex III MALDI TOFMS, Applied Biosystems 4800 Proteomics Analyzer, Micromass ZQ single quadrupole mass spectrometer w/Waters Alliance 2695 HPLC system and Waters model 2998 DAD, Micromass Quatro Micro triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer w/Agilent 1100 HPLC system, Micromass Q-TOF Premier w/Waters Alliance 2695 HPLC system and Waters model 2998 DAD, (Chemistry Department MS Facility, Stratton 406).

Physical Demands:

Sitting at a desk or table, Standing, Walking, Lifting up to 25 lbs.

Job Location:

University City

Additional Information:

This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of L. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions:

Please make sure you upload your resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

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