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Job Req ID:  20256

Technical Facility Manager


Purpose of Position:

Support the University community, Zanvyl Kreiger School of Arts & Sciences, Chemistry Department, undergraduate laboratories and faculty research programs with a facility that delivers high quality spectroscopic data and knowledge of small molecule characterization. This mission is attained for various pieces of equipment with appropriate user training/education, preemptive troubleshooting/maintenance, and collaborative efforts between staff and users/faculty.


Knowledge and Skill:

  • Knowledge and understanding of spectroscopy, with a particular emphasis on NMR, EPR, and IR and the ability to apply this knowledge to:
    • Data Interpretation
    • Implementation of NMR pulse sequences.
    • Identify, troubleshoot and fix hardware/software related issues to the instruments
  • Working knowledge of operating systems, Microsoft Office, and software associated with spectrometers.


Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related discipline with career emphasis on NMR required. Background in electronics desirable. 3-5 years’ experience in NMR spectroscopy. Additional experience may substitute for some level of education.


Internal and External Contacts:

  • Faculty, staff and students. External industry and institutional collaboration.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

A. User support:

− Create and update parameter sets for most common 1D and 2D experiments (e.g. 1H, 13C, 31P, 19F, COSY, HSQC and HMBC experiments) on NMR systems for quick and easy acquisition of data.

− Assist students and post-docs with the acquisition of advanced 1D techniques such as selective 1-D NOE or TOCSY, 2H on the broadband coil, and low temperature experiments

− Assist students and post-docs with advanced 2D techniques on setup for acquisition and interpretation

− Program unique NMR pulse sequences that are not available in the common library − Assist users with the EPR cryostat operation

− Collaborate with faculty and assist in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments required to support research programs: e.g.

o Determine parameters for acquisition of rare heteronuclei (e.g. 2H, 11B, 15N, 77Se, and 119Sn) to support research programs

o Implement new pulse programs that provide answers to questions raised during a research project.


B. Lab Management

− Instrument maintenance & support o Routine & regular shimming of instrument (particularly for Merganthaler teaching Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory instruments when classes are in session)

o Cryogen fills (participate with or oversee student assistant)

o Annual maintenance on EPR turbo pump o Support instrument installations or upgrades (software, firmware, and hardware: consoles, new boards, probes & accessories) when financial circumstances warrant it

− Instrument Repair

o Clean magnet bore, shim stack and probe after sample breakage or replace quartz probe insert if damaged

o Identify, troubleshoot and fix hardware/software related issues to the instruments; coordinate with manufacturer for replacement parts

o Replace quartz insert of EPR cryostat, sample holder or both if damaged or broken during routine use

o Troubleshoot polarimeter and IR when not working: usually replacing bulb or laser.


C. User Training

− Maintaining online quiz catalog, Intersession course for NMRmarking quizzes and managing user blackboard accounts for access

− Individual training sessions for NMR, IR, EPR and polarimeter

− Create and regularly update training documentation for instruments in the facility

− Training for more specific advanced experiments: NOESY and heteronuclear correlation experiments.


D. Support Teaching Labs

− Monitor and maintain performance of current instrument to highest standard possible

− Recommend new instrument purchase & oversee installation in UTL upon release of building to universityupgrades

− Set up experiments required for labs and train graduate student TAs to run them


E. Planning for the Future

− Assist with the development of capital and operation budget requirements designed to meet current and future needs of the facility as it relates to the specific needs of the research directives.

− Participate in submitting collaborative research proposals with faculty, as well as, submitting instrumentation grants with faculty for upgrading facility instrumentation.


Classified Title: Technical Facility Manager 
Working Title: Technical Facility Manager 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF 
Starting Salary Range: $70,805 to $97,435 per year
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30-5:00p 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001355-Chemistry 
Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences


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