Instrumentation Specialist - Miami University in Oxford Ohio

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Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Job ID:  2028

Manage, administer, and maintain departmental NMR and MS instrumentation, reporting to the department chair.  The department’s instrumentation includes: 200 MHz, 300 MHz, 500 MHz solution and solid-state, 600 MHz, and 850 MHz NMR spectrometers, MALDI-TOF MS, LC-MS, and ICP MS.


Manage, administer, and maintain departmental NMR and MS instrumentation.  The department’s instrumentation includes: 200 MHz, 300 MHz, 500 MHz solution and solid-state, 600 MHz, and 850 MHz NMR spectrometers, MALDI-TOF MS, LC-MS, and ICP MS.

Troubleshoot and solve NMR and MS instrument/hardware/software problems.  The nature of the problem and the corrective action taken should be documented in the logbook.

Train students/researchers how to properly use the NMR and MS instrumentation.  This should be done approximately 3 times a year for new users or as needed.

Continue writing explicit instructions for multi-dimensional NMR and MS experiments and other special experimental applications (e.g. water suppression, NOESY) for the 200/300, 500, 600, and 850 MHz NMRs.

Co-manage the liquid helium reclamation facilities (duties to include weekly helium inventory and filling in on dewar fills and transport when needed).

Document procedures such as temperature calibration, archiving/retrieval of NMR data, and other procedures as they are developed.

Back-up the NMR and MS data.

Implement state-of-the-art solid-state and solution NMR pulse sequences on the NMR spectrometers for organic and inorganic molecules and polymers and biological macromolecules.  Change NMR probes as needed on the instruments.  Calibrate the MS instrumentation.

Help researchers run complicated experiments and collect data for papers and grants.

Run routine pulse sequences periodically to verify pulse widths, pulse powers, linewidths through shimming for a variety of different nuclei and common solvents (approx. every other month) on the standard probes.  The latest shim files should be posted near the instrument for users.

Supervise and train the NMR and MS TAs.  The TAs should be properly trained to handle any problems that occur when the facility manager is sick or on vacation.

Publicize NMR and MS instrumentation to external users (inside and outside of Miami). Maximize usage of the instrumentation and generate revenue if available time on the instrumentation allows.

Teach classes in the Department when needed by Chair.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field; or a Master's in Chemistry or a related field and three years of experience in a comparable position; expertise in the area of NMR spectroscopy. 

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with MS instrumentation; experience managing an instrumentation facility, maintaining a liquid He recovery system, and training students. 

Special Instructions to Applicant

Arrange to have three (3) letters of recommendation sent to Penny Mannix ( Any questions regarding this position, please contact Gary Lorigan (

Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
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Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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