Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Location: Hyde Park Campus
The Mass Spectrometry Facility at the University of Chicago is seeking a Research Specialist II experienced in Chromatogram and Mass Spectrometry to assist the Director of the Facility with daily activities of the open-access core facility devoted to both small and larger molecule characterization and quantification. The Facility currently consists of 12 state-of-the-art instruments located in four labs that supports research across numerous scientific disciplines, and covers a wide variety of chromatogram and mass spectrometry platforms of GCMS, LCMS and MALDI-Tof. Under limited directions, the Specialist will independently perform the duties and tasks required for the efficient operations of the Facility. The candidate may also perform other non-routine responsibilities signed by the Director.
Have the 4 labs organized, cleaned and operated by following the procedures and requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety, such as chemical wastes organized, the Eye-wash-stations tested, fume hoods and fire extinguishers checked, in-house chemical inventory updated, etc.
Keep the lab supplies of reagents, chemicals, consumables, etc. uninterrupted, valid and organized.
Maintain Windows based computers, including manually operating system updates, software updates, local networks with firewall, and backup the hard drives regularly.
Clean instruments and furniture in the labs and monitor other lab utilities such as temperature, humidity, light fixture, refrigerator, etc.
Maintain the usage logs, the online reservation system, etc.
Routine instrument maintenance:
Monitor all instrument operations and logs, if it is necessary, to inform, report, and update to users and/or the Director.
Prepare and refill buffers, calibrants, references, etc.
Tune and calibrate instruments as scheduled or as needed.
Conduct routine maintenances such as checking rough pump oil and gas supplies, and changing septum, tubing, solvent filters, guard columns, fittings, needles, needle seats, gas filters, etc.
Minor repairs and major maintenance:
Troubleshoot instrument breakdowns including contact the tech supports and open service calls.
Replace filaments, clean ion sources and ion optics, change pump oils, etc.
Users training and running samplers:
Train users basics to use instruments of, such as, GC, FT-IR, GCMS, LCMS and MALDI.
Run userâ™s samples as requested and directed.
Other duties decided by the Director.
Being self-motivated, well organized and attention to details.
Able to do multiple tasks and effectively manage priority and time.
Able to be flexible - willing to work over-time as needed.
Effective communication between laboratories, users and offices.
Able to keep detailed records of laboratory data in notebooks and electronic notebooks.
Able to follow instructions and work independently.
Able to train others and willing to learn quickly.
Education, Experience and Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field required.
Bachelorâ™s degree with 3-5 years of related experiences required, Masters degree with 1-3 years of related experiences preferred.
Technical knowledge and skills:
Strong skills in chromatography, such as HPLC, GC, TLC, and IC.
Strong skills in Mass Spectrometry, such as GCMS, LCMS, and MALDI-Tof.
Strong skills in handling wet chemistry and operating basic lab devices such as Analytical Balance, UV-Vis, FT-IR, etc.
Strong computer and networking skills, including installations and updates of both hardware and software.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Strong problem solving skills.
Working conditions and physical requirements (if applicable)
Able to handle chemicals, change vacuum pump oils, install and move size 300 gas cylinders including hydrogen and methane tanks.
Able to lift 50 pounds with hands.
Able to climb four step ladders.
Three reference contact Info.
Complete transcripts (unofficial transcripts may be submitted).
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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