Central Washington University
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Full/Part Time Full-Time
This position will have a primary responsibility for maintaining, installing, and designing instrumentation used by faculty in the departments of Chemistry and Biology. Under general direction of the supervisor, along with limited direction given by faculty, the technician will independently perform engineering work designing, developing, modifying, constructing, installing, calibrating, testing, and repairing instruments, apparatus, and equipment.
The technician will also develop procedures for instrument use and integration into the curriculum as well as train users, and evaluate and recommend the purchase of instruments, equipment, and apparatus.
The basic duties of this position require 1) keeping the instrumentation in an operational and tuned state, 2) a commitment to rapid response when instruments fail so that critical lab time is not lost, 3) open and direct communication between the instrument technicians and the user community, and 4) a commitment on the part of the technician to increase his/her expertise.
The technician must also understand the operation, capabilities and limitations of scientific instrumentation, such as NMR, FTIR, UV-VIS, GC/MS, Fluorimeter, IC, ICP/MS, HPLC, and Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer.
- Consult with faculty on the design and fabrication of specialized apparatus such as optical systems, electronic circuits, and mechanical systems.
- Following general description of functions from faculty, independently design complete systems, peripherals for existing systems, or modifications to existing equipment.
- Design computer programs to control, acquire, store and display data; design digital and / or analog interfaces; perform skilled and precision machine tool work constructing instruments and systems.
- Maintain a variety of instruments used by faculty in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry including: a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, liquid chromatographs, gas chromatographs, ion chromatographs, a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, infrared spectrometers, UV/visible spectrometers, fluorimeters, an ICP/MS, and a Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer as well as centrifuges, water filtration systems, microscopes and other complex technical laboratory equipment.
- Maintenance includes management of routine preventative maintenance, calibration of instruments, troubleshooting malfunctioning equipment, setting up new instrumentation, modifying existing equipment, keeping records, estimating equipment needs for shop, evaluating and recommending purchases, ordering and stocking of frequently used replacement parts, communicating with instrument vendors, and performing reasonable on-site repairs.
- Train others (students, faculty, and staff) in operation and maintenance of instrumentation and equipment.
- Assist faculty, staff, and students with development of procedures for instrument use to support curriculum development and assist with the design or set up of experiments and the acquisition of data.
- Develop instructional manuals that explain the function of the instrumentation and provide the user with step-by-step instructions.
- Communicate with users concerning the status of instrumentation.
- Coordinate shared usage of instrumentation between departments.
- Design of new instruments or modify existing instrumentation as necessary for performing specialized experiments.
- Evaluate and recommend the purchase of new instruments and determine the suitability of these instruments for various applications.
- Work with and perform limited maintaining on computers that interface with the instruments.
- Assist faculty, staff, and IS personnel in setting up and maintaining data directories and databases on local computers and network servers.
- Other duties as assigned
- One year of experience as an Engineering Technician 2 or five years of experience as an engineering technician
- Experience in use and maintenance of scientific instrumentation and equipment such as: knowledge of electronics, circuit diagrams, and electrical test equipment; mechanical skills; knowledge of small motors; knowledge of use of compressed gases and regulators; and knowledge of vacuum and pressurized systems.
- Experience with application of standard laboratory techniques.
- OR applicable combination of experience and/or education which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
- Master's Degree in a scientific field.
- Experience with the operation and maintenance of NMR instrumentation.
- Basic knowledge of desktop computers in Windows, Mac and UNIX operating systems.
- Working knowledge of chemistry and the use of basic chemical apparatus.
- Excellent communication skills: oral and written.
- Willingness and demonstrated ability to learn about new instrumentation.
- Good Organizational skills and the ability to determine and set priorities.
- Self-directed and able to work independently.
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to work closely with instrument users ranging from novice to expert.
- Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
- Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
- Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
- Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
- Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.
Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary: $3,807/month with periodic increases to $5,001/month
Schedule/Appointment: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (1 hour lunch) / PSE Bargaining Unit 4
Working Conditions: Work will be performed in classrooms, laboratories, and office of the College of the Sciences. Work may involve exposure to biological, chemical, radiological, and electrical hazards. Some stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying, or moving of objects and other movements may be required.
Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit: http://www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits-0
How To Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:
- A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting;
- Resume including work history, education, training; and
- Contact information for three professional references.
Screening Begins: May 17, 2017
**Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Name: Lisa Stowe
Title: Department Secretary
Phone: (509) 963-2811
Website: Department of Chemistry
Please contact Human Resources at email@example.com or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.
Conditions of Employment
Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.
This position is part of a Public School Employees of Washington (PSE) bargaining unit. New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.
The seniority date for the selected applicant shall be set in accordance with Article 43.2 of the Public School Employees (PSE) collective bargaining agreement.