LAB INSTRUMENTATION COORDINATOR

Updated: 12 days ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Deadline: 30 Sep 2022

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

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This position will support instrumentation across all divisions of the School of STEM that is used in both classes and research.  The lab instrumentation coordinator will join a team of seven other lab coordinators in support of the teaching and research mission of the School of STEM and will report to its science lab manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Independently run, maintain, and do major repair of instrumentation including, but not limited to, the following:(Candidates are not expected to have experience with all of these instruments to apply.)
o Agilent HPLC
o Agilent GC/MS and Thermo TD-GC/MS
o PerkinElmer Flame / Graphite Furnace AA
o Nicolet FTIR with ATR
o PerkinElmer Fluorometer
o Agilent UV-Vis spectrometers
o Rheometer
o Bruker 400 MHz NMR (cryogen refills only)

• Prepare instruments for weekly use by upper division chemistry courses, including quantitative chemical analysis, instrumental analysis, and physical chemistry.  Assist instructors and students with operating these instruments during class time.
• Introduce instruments to students enrolled in chemistry labs each quarter.
• Communicate with technical support specialists about instrument repairs;
• Train and assist students and faculty with operating instruments for research;
• Act as coordinator of chemistry instrumentation lab, controlling all equipment, chemicals and use of space;
• Oversee lab safety compliance by instrument users;
• Manage hazardous waste;
• Review and revise existing methods and experiments to be more efficient and effective based on searches of current literature;
• Use journals, technical documentation, and on-site/remote training to keep technical knowledge and training current.
• Develop new methods and write standard operating procedures for existing and new instruments;
• Evaluate equipment specifications and make purchase recommendations;
• Purchase and maintain inventory of consumable supplies;
• Participate in meetings and planning sessions;
• Carry out additional science support activities as needed within STEM research and instructional laboratories.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

• A Bachelor's Degree with major study in a basic applied science AND two years of full-time experience as a Scientific Instructional Technician or equivalent OR equivalent education/experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

• Knowledge of and experience with modern scientific instrumentation, including most of the instruments mentioned above
• Basic knowledge of electronics, such as checking voltages
• Basic knowledge of data systems and software

DESIRED:

• Hands on experience repairing NMR instrumentation

WORKING CONDITIONS:

• Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
• Ability to work on your feet for extended periods of time.
• Ability to drive short distances for supplies.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.


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