Utah State University

Instrumentation Specialist

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 5 months ago(1/20/2022 5:42 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Science
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and College of Science at Utah State University (USU) invite applications for an Instrumentation Specialist (Lab Manager SR) to manage a suite of analytical, magnetic resonance and imaging instruments. These instruments support the research and teaching activities within the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and College of Science. This is a twelve-month position, located on the main campus in Logan, UT.


  • Manage, operate and perform maintenance to support the usage of NMR, LC-MS, GC-MS, EPR and micro-CT instruments in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and College of Science
  • Train users on instrumentation
  • Facilitate and support faculty and student research projects by assisting in the application of the analytical techniques and data management
  • Provide support for technique selection and application, method development, data interpretation, and troubleshooting
  • Provide support for use of instrumentation in teaching labs
  • Facilitate occasional access to instrumentation for outside users
  • Execute and/or organize troubleshooting, service and repair of instruments as needed
  • Working collaboratively with business services staff to develop fee structures and manage instrument usage billing
  • Conduct analyses of submitted samples
  • Collaborate with faculty on developing and delivering lab curricula using advanced instrumentation
  • Collaborate on grant-seeking to acquire and enhance departmental instrumentation
  • Engage with opportunities to attend meetings, workshops, and/or short-courses applicable to instrument


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in chemistry or related area, or a master’s degree with at least three years of relevant experience
  • Experience in the operation of NMR, LC-MS and GC-MS instrumentation
  • Willingness to proactively engage in professional development and learn new skills
  • Strong organizational abilities
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Enthusiasm for training student users
  • Ability to foster a productive and cooperative environment with the goal of providing exceptional educational opportunities through experiential learning
  • Experience with electronic equipment, power tools, and hand tools

Applicants from groups underrepresented in the physical sciences are especially encouraged to apply. The position has a competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 04/18/2022


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