Amherst College invites applications for the position of Scientific Instrumentation Specialist. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our studentsidentify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
The Scientific Instrumentation Specialist is a full-time, 52 week per year position, job group and level PT-3. The Specialist's responsibilities are to support the Chemistry Department faculty and staff by providing expertise in the installation, maintenance, and repair of scientific equipment and instrumentation in both the research and teaching laboratories; and to oversee instrumentation interfaces and software updates on departmental computers not maintained by the College's Information Technology Department.
The Specialist also takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Scientific Equipment & Instrumentation
Install, maintain, and repair scientific equipment and instrumentation-such as NMR spectrometer, UV-vis spectrophotometer, gas chromatography-mass spectrometer, chillers, glove box, vacuum pumps, etc.-in the teaching and research laboratories.
Oversee, maintain, and update computer interfaces with departmental instrumentation.
Coordinate maintenance schedules for major instrumentation.
Teaching and Research Laboratory Support
Collaborate with faculty and students to provide instrumentation support on specialized research projects.
Prepare, test, and assemble lecture and lab demonstrations.
Assist faculty and students with electronics/computer issues, including recommending new computer and scientific equipment.
Associate's Degree, or equivalent education and/or training
3-5 years of experience installing, maintaining, and repairing scientific instrumentation, including instrumentation computer interfaces.
Skilled in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
Strong verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise diplomacy.
Strong time management, problem solving and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.
Attention to detail and function with accuracy.
Experience with or commitment to working with a diverse population.
Able to work some evenings and weekends.
Interestedcandidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!
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About Amherst College
Amherst College is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution and enrolled 1,800 students in the fall of 2013.