Research Assistant/Associate - NMR Facility Director

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 19, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Research Assistant/Associate - NMR Facility Director

Job no: 526129
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants, Chemistry, Physics

Department: Center for the Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR)
Rank: Research Associate
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
March 15, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a resume and cover letter along with your online application.

Department Summary
The Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy Facility is a shared core research center that provides state-of-the-art magnetic resonance instrumentation and expertise to researchers at the University of Oregon and the wider community. Primary users are from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, the Institute of Molecular Biology, and the Materials Science Institute, as well as numerous local and regional private companies. The NMR Facility plays an integral role in hands-on research experience and training for more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students and impacts many more students enrolled in the undergraduate Chemistry lab curriculum. In keeping with CAMCOR's “high tech extension” mission, the NMR Facility supports a wide community of Northwest local and regional users from academia and private industries, serving more than twenty companies including numerous technology startups and University of Oregon spin-offs.

Position Summary
The University of Oregon is seeking a Facility Director to advance research, education, and outreach for the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility within the Center for the Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR). This includes working with other researchers, teaching NMR Instrumentation courses, organizing topic workshops, and assisting the faculty with related curriculum. The Facility Director will also be expected to train and supervise all instrument users which includes faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, visiting scholars, commercial clients, and undergraduate student worker assistants, etc. The incumbent will need to stay current on NMR science and technology best practices while maintaining a network of professional contacts including external NMR facility managers, instrumentation and supply vendors, and prospective commercial clients. The Facility Director is expected to pursue external clients to maximize facility usage while still maintaining internal user training, access, and assistance. The Facility Director will assist with business development within CAMCOR by helping to keep marketing material updated and implementing recruitment strategies.

Maintaining the NMR spectrometer systems will be an essential function in this position. This will include regular calibration and performance testing, hardware trouble-shooting, repair, upgrades of NMR systems hardware and software, cryogen service (liquid helium & nitrogen) for superconducting magnets and cryoprobes, ordering supplies, and instrument scheduling. The Facility Director will also be responsible for maintaining and upgrading data systems hardware and software. This will include Linux operating system configuration and management, network security, creation of new user accounts, and maintenance of the NMR Facility website and reservation calendar. The Facility Director will also consult with faculty as needed to assist with field and equipment expertise in the grant proposal process.

In conjunction with the reporting supervisor, the Director of the CAMCOR facility, this position will work with the NMR Faculty Advisory Committee to assess facility and program needs, coordinate and write major multi-user instrumentation acquisition, and upgrade grant proposals. This will involve working with the Faculty Advisory Committee and the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation (OVPRI) Administration to create a strategic plan to sustain and advance the NMR facility and services.

This position will be filled at the Research Assistant or Associate level depending on finalist qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements
Research Assistant:
  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, or related science discipline.
  • 5-years' experience with advanced NMR use and ability to troubleshoot and maintain NMR instrumentation.

    Research Associate:
  • Terminal degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, or related science discipline

    Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrated expertise in NMR instrument facility management.
  • Advanced expertise in the theory and practice of multi-nuclear, multidimensional NMR spectroscopy and solid-state NMR spectoscopy.
  • Knowledge of NMR hardware, digital and radio frequency electronics, NMR instrument design and repair, and NMR data systems.
  • Working knowledge of both Varian and Bruker NMR instrumentation.
  • Expertise and working knowledge of NMR pulse-sequence programming, software programming for NMR data analysis and collection (e.g. C, Fortran, Perl, Unix shell scripts, HTML) and Linux system and network administration in a multi-user environment.
  • Ability to build relationships, manage conflict, and interact with colleagues and clients in a professional manner.
  • Strong interest in the research training of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD in experimental Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, or Physics.
  • Ability to use and manage other analytical chemistry equipment such as ICP-MS or LC-MS.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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