Scientific Instrumentation Specialist, Chemistry
Swarthmore College - Swarthmore, PA

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(1.0 FTE, 12-month, regular, salary grade 7)

Provides high-level support, routine and non-routine maintenance, and troubleshooting for a wide range of complex electronic, optoelectronic, mechanical, and computer based instrumentation for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s teaching and research programs. Tasks performed with a high degree of autonomy include: maintaining and repairing, or arranging for the repair of, all laboratory instrumentation and related electronics; installing and testing new equipment; consulting with and supporting faculty and staff members and students on the proper use of equipment; overseeing purchasing and spending associated with instruments and their maintenance; advising faculty and staff members about instrumentation purchases; and coordinating repairs, modifications and installation of building utilities and equipment.

Bachelor of Science degree (Master's preferred) in the natural sciences or equivalent relevant experience (at least three years) with a thorough knowledge of the operation, repair, and maintenance of scientific instruments. Significant computer experience, including a working knowledge of the Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX operating systems used on the computer systems that operate scientific instruments.

Experience and knowledge relevant to the direct support of high field superconducting pulsed NMR (preferably Bruker spectrometers operating under WINNMR) strongly preferred.

Extensive experience with digital and rf electronics, test equipment, optics, and high vacuum systems preferred.

Detailed knowledge of gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer instruments and their related hardware and software systems preferred.

Knowledge and experience with a variety of chemical and spectroscopic instrumental techniques including GC, GC/MS, HPLC, CE, FPLC, FTIR, EPR, FT-NMR, UV/Vis, fluorescence, AA/ICP, and circular dichroism is desirable.

Knowledge of desktop computer peripherals, software, networking, and interfacing is desirable.

Must be able to carry out the handling, storage, and transfer of compressed gasses and cryogenic materials (e.g., liquid nitrogen, liquid helium, dry ice); experience and familiarity with these tasks is preferred.

Must have the physical ability to maintain, modify, and install specialized equipment. Must be able to safely manage hazardous materials.

Ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs. and the physical strength and dexterity to perform instrument maintenance operations, such as transportation of compressed gas cylinders and liquid nitrogen dewars.

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