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Instrument Specialist position in the Department of Chemistry

Haverford College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 7, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
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Full Time
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Haverford College invites applications to our available full time, exempt (at least 37.5 hours per week), benefit eligible Instrument Specialist position in the Department of Chemistry.

The Instrument Specialist's responsibilities include the maintenance and repair of departmental instrumentation, training and assisting faculty members, students and others in the proper use of the instruments (including both data acquisition and analysis), and ensuring (with support from departmental faculty and College housekeeping staff) that the departmental instrument facilities offer a clean and safe working environment. Departmental instrumentation includes, but is not limited to, high field NMR, IR, UV-Vis, and fluorescence spectrometers, LC-MS, GC, GC-MS, and HPLC instrumentation.

Major Primary Responsibilities: The major responsibilities of the Instrument Specialist include operation, user training, maintenance, and repair. The successful candidate will regularly engage with departmental faculty, staff, and students, as well as with College facilities and external repair and maintenance staff.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

· Weekly inspection of instruments

· Regular preventive maintenance (on cycles appropriate for each instrument)

· Troubleshooting equipment malfunctions

· Serving as liaison between the department and other service departments within the College and outside the College

· Upgrades and minor repairs

· Development of training protocols

· Regular training of users in proper and safe use of instruments

· Support in the acquisition, analysis, and maintenance of data

· Support of teaching laboratories and their instrument needs

· Working with users to ensure that the areas surrounding the departmental instruments remain clean and safe

· Overseeing scheduling procedures, at times when demand for instrument time is high

· Maintaining maintenance logs for each instrument, ensuring that user manuals and/or standard operating procedures are readily accessible to interested users, and working with faculty to plan maintenance and replacement cycles

· Writing and maintain documentation for performance of essential and repeated maintenance tasks, and ensuring that appropriate faculty or staff members are trained in these tasks (in order to provide backup for the Instrument Specialist).

· Supporting department and College-wide efforts to provide a cohesive and inclusive educational experience for all members of our diverse student body. This includes collaborating with students, faculty and staff in finding ways to meet and improve our departmental anti-racism commitments ( ).

Line of Report:

Chair-chemistry department

(with regular consultation with KINSC support staff, organized by the Stockroom manager)

Essential or Non-essential Employee:

This status determines for the identification, treatment of time, and use of “Essential Personnel” during campus emergencies, including those that dictate suspension of services and/or closure of operations, i.e. inclement weather. During an emergency, Essential Personnel are required to be on campus in order to provide services that relate directly to the health, safety, and welfare of the College, ensure continuity of key operations, and maintain and protect College's properties.

X This is an Essential employee role

☐ This is a Non-essential employee role

Education, Training, Experience:

1. Bachelor's or higher degree in the sciences, and/or significant work experience with scientific instrumentation

2. General expertise in electronics and electronic devices

3. General expertise in computers and scientific software

4. Willingness/eagerness to learn and continue training as appropriate

5. Ability to work with students, faculty, and staff with diverse backgrounds and interests

6. Desire to be part of a student-centric teaching and research training enterprise

7. Ability to assist in our departmental curriculum and research programs of the faculty, as needed

8. Ability to communicate effectively on the phone, via email, and in person with repair personnel from instrument companies.

Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions Required of this Position
  • Lifting (to exert strength to move objects from one place to another):
    • Sedentary Lifting: (0-10 pounds):Up to three hours
    • Light Lifting (10-20 pounds):Up to three hours
    • Moderate Lifting (20-50 pounds):Up to three hours
    • Heavy Lifting (50 to 100 pounds):Never
  • Pulling to draw an object toward oneself to move or change its direction):Up to three hours
  • Pushing ((to exert force upon an abject to move or change its direction):Up to three hours
  • Carrying (to hold objects while moving entire body):Up to three hours
  • Reaching or working above shoulder (to extend arms upward or outward away from body):Three to six hours
  • Walking (to move entire body in erect position):Three to six hours
  • Standing (to maintain body in erect posture in stationary position):Three to six hours
  • Sitting (to rest weight on buttocks and back of thighs with legs bent at knees):Three to six hours
  • Crouching/Stooping (to bend upper body forward while fully flexing knees):Up to three hours
  • Kneeling (to maintain upper body in erect position while resting knees on ground):Up to three hours
  • Climbing (to ascend or descent heights using ladders, scaffolding, stairs, poles, inclined surfaces):Up to three hours
  • Twisting (to rotate upper body while feet remain stationary):Never
  • Driving (operating a motor vehicle, crane, tractor, forklift, etc.):Never
  • Exposure Limitation (i.e., cold water, dust, gas, fumes, extreme temperatures):Never
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Special Requirements: All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed or engaged by Haverford College, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and provide proof of vaccination, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.

To Apply : Interested applicants are invited to complete an application, to include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) references by visiting . The review of applications will begin on March 28, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Failure to provide the required documents may result in lack of consideration. Haverford College does not sponsor work visas.

Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and providing equal opportunities and access to all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status. Women, non-binary and transgender individuals, people of color, Indigenous people, and those with other or multiple historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities are especially encouraged to apply. Haverford College and our consortial partners are located on Lenape land.

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