Lab & Research Specialist I

Location
Fairfax, VA, VA
Posted
Jan 24, 2019
Closes
Mar 01, 2019
Function
Analyst, Research
Industry
Education, Research
Hours
Full Time

Job Category : Classified Staff

Working hours :

Salary : Anticipated starting salary is in the mid-$40s, up to $50k.

Web Announcement :
Chemistry Lab and Instrument Specialist

The George Mason University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, within in the College of Science, invites well-qualified applicants to apply for our Chemistry Lab and Instrument Specialist position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry strives to provide each of its students and majors with a positive educational experience. In addition, we provide the educational background necessary for chemistry majors to hold professional positions and successfully compete in any graduate program in the nation. These objectives require the cooperation of all staff and faculty in the department.

Responsibilities: The primary purposes of this position are: (1) to support the teaching of laboratory classes by setting up the instrumentation for each experiment and making sure that is it in working condition, (2) training individuals using the equipment, (3) repairing or supervising the repair of inoperable equipment, (4) maintaining research instrumentation in the department, and (5) interfacing with faculty and vendors regarding instructional/research instrumentation purchases. In addition, the incumbent for this position will also serve as the department IT specialist, handling all of the computer-related needs of the department, and maintain the departments website. Teaching and research labs are located on the main campus (Fairfax), the SciTech Campus (Manassas) and the Potomac Science Center (Woodbridge).

Required Qualifications: * Extensive experience in the use of chemical instrumentation to make measurements; * Knowledge in how to prepare solutions properly for chemical analysis; * Extensive experience with the maintenance and upkeep of instrumentation, especially FTIR, GC-MS, NMR, TGA/DSC and PXRD; * Familiarity with SEM and electron microscopy techniques; * Experience in single crystal XRD; * Knowledge of electronics and how to find defective parts in an electrical circuit; * Knowledge of lab design and ability to read blueprints; * Knowledge in the use of computers in the laboratory and in the office; * Familiarity with computer networks; * Ability to diagnose and solve problems with the minimum amount of supervision; * Ability to work collaboratively with the faculty and staff to complete an assigned task; * Ability to complete projects in a timely manner with the minimum amount of supervision; * Ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines; * Ability to interact well with faculty and students, and a strong desire to assist them; and * Ability to communicate well with people from diverse backgrounds. Preferred Qualifications: * Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field; or a combination of education and experience; and * Some experience in an academic unit within a higher education environment. * Extensive experience in the use of chemical instrumentation to make measurements; * Extensive experience with the maintenance and upkeep of instrumentation, especially for spectroscopy, microscopy and diffraction analysis; * Knowledge of electronics and how to find defective parts in an electronic circuit; * Knowledge in the use of computers in the laboratory and in the office; * Familiarity with computer networks and databases;

Special Instructions : For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 00305Z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report Up and Coming spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Masons diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

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Equity Statement : George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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