Laboratory Manager Research Associate - Department of Chemistry 14207
The Department of Chemistry in the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Research Associate. This position is responsible for the day-to-day operation, maintenance, service, and management of the departmental major scientific instrumentation facilities.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Oversee the operation, routine maintenance, and troubleshooting of the instruments in the facilities. Routine maintenance includes - but is not limited to - mass spectrometry source cleaning, replacement of high purity gases, changing vacuum pump oil (flushing pumps), maintaining LC pumps, calibration and tuning instrumentation. Overseeing the operation of instrumentation includes managing user accounts and computer systems. Trouble shooting duties include performing diagnostics and working with instrument service personnel.
Facilitate user training and coordinate/ schedule instrumentation usage
Create a user and service fee schedule in collaboration with the Chairperson and the Shops and Major Instruments Committee, and maintain appropriate billing, collecting, and accounting to document and track the facility finances.
Engage in collaborative research with service users.
Maintain a schedule of use and collect appropriate user fees for each instrument, toward the long-term goal of a revenue-neutral facility in which a significant portion of the salary for this position is covered by revenue from the facility.
Assist in the development and implementation of complex scientific measurement experiments.
Maintain data acquisition security and provide for data maintenance (secure data backup).
Maintain major instrumentation notebooks for each instrument to track instrument performance and maintenance
Provide expertise and collaborate with the Chairperson and Shops and Major Instruments Committee on research proposals to maintain and/or upgrade the facilities or the purchase of new instruments, toward the long-term goal of a revenue-neutral facility in which a significant portion of the salary for this position is covered by revenue from the facility.
Develop and provide GC-MS, GC-FID, LC-MS, LC-UV, UV-Vis and Fluorescence Spectroscopy user training, including to faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral associates, to enable appropriate internal and external users to perform routine experiments independently. This includes training in the appropriate use of measurement instrumentation practices and uses as well as standard laboratory practices. This training also includes best safety practices.
Provide on-going consultation and guidance to routine users through day-to-day interactions with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral associates, including suggestions on refined/novel analytical separation or analysis techniques or methods.
Provide appropriate scientific instrumentation services to support the need of external users, consistent with the established service fee schedule.
Engage in collaborative research efforts with faculty and external users to implement/conduct more complex scientific measurement experiments.
Engage in outreach opportunities to acquire additional users.
Achieve long-term goals for the facilities by working with the Chairperson and the Shops and Major Instruments Committee.
Keep up to date on advances in the various fields of scientific measurement by reading the literature and attending meetings.
Use up-to-date knowledge to evaluate approaches and technologies and make recommendations for improvements to achieve research goals.
Work with the PIs and Shops and Major Instruments Committee to review operational needs of the Major Scientific Instrumentation Laboratory Facilities and develop and implement intermediate and long-term goals.
Maintain proper housekeeping in the assigned spaces, and daily routines that include - but are not limited to - cleanliness of work stations, leak checks, room temperature checks, and proper storage of hazardous materials, such that the facility is in good working order and ready for operations at the beginning of each work day.
Maximize the accessible user time of each instrument.
Complete other duties, as assigned by the supervisor including providing backup support for NMR instrumentation (e.g., cryogen fills).
Vigorously pursue the acquisition of additional internal and external facility users. This is required for justification in grants to replace instruments.
Provide expertise and assistance in assembling major instrumentation proposals
As needed, serve as PI, Co-PI, and/or Co-I on major instrumentation proposals
Assist the Shops and Major Instruments Committee in obtaining appropriate resources (space and infrastructure) for expanding capabilities
Periodically assist the Shops and Major Instruments Committee in developing expansion strategies.
Provide outreach efforts for up-to-date informing of internal and external users of expanded capabilities
Pursue community outreach opportunities. This is useful for justification in grants to replace instruments.
Master's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biophysics, or a closely related field is required.
Two (2) years experience with operating and maintaining/repairing Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry instrumentation, including but not limited to gas chromatography (GC), liquid chromatography (LC}, mass spectrometry (MS).
Two (2) years experience with interpreting data from such instrumentation and in methods development to improve experiments
Experience handling/managing hazardous materials.
Laboratory management experience preferred.
Experience with NMR spectroscopy is preferred.
Ability to independently learn, operate, and maintain major scientific instruments as well as to train student and faculty users
Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory techniques and standard analytical equipment (including associated chemical and physical principles), and terminology used in chemistry.
Knowledge of research methods, data collection, and analysis to determine viability of proposed experiments as well as an ability to make logical assessments, analyze, and solve problems independently and to develop innovative processes to achieve goals.
Ability to follow laboratory protocols including all health and safety rules and department, college, university, and state and federal regulations/policies and to wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
Ability to interface with electronics and mechanical shop personnel as well as college computer/IT personnel for instrument maintenance and troubleshooting (e.g., electronic card replacement, vacuum system repair, instrument-computer communication corrections, etc.).
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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Feb 4, 2020
Posting Classification: FE/AP
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 198222
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