Utah State University

Instrumentation Specialist

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(11/9/2022 5:09 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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College of Science
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Advertised Salary
Minimum $64,000 commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and College of Science at Utah State University (USU) invite applications for an Instrumentation Specialist (Lab Manager SR). This position primarily involves providing operational and training support for two NMR instruments (60%). Additional duties include providing management and training support for other selected departmental instrumentation (40%). This is a twelve-month position, located on the main campus of Utah State University in Logan, UT. 


  • Manage, operate, train users and perform maintenance for two NMRs (300 and 500 MHz) in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Provide support for NMR technique selection and application, method development, data interpretation, and troubleshooting
  • Provide support for use of NMR instrumentation in teaching labs
  • Provide basic operational training for use of LC-MS, GC-MS, EPR and micro-CT instruments in research projects
  • Facilitate and support faculty and student research projects by assisting in the application of the analytical techniques and data management
  • Execute and/or organize troubleshooting, service and repair of instruments as needed
  • Pursue opportunities to increase knowledge in instrument operation relevant to the position
  • Collaborate with faculty in pursuing grants to acquire and enhance departmental research instrumentation


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in chemistry or related area, or a master’s degree with at least two years of relevant experience
  • Extensive experience in the operation of NMR instruments
  • User-level knowledge of LC-MS and GC-MS instruments
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for research and for training undergraduate and graduate students in instrumentation use for research applications
  • Evidence of willingness to learn new skills and pursue professional development

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in synthetic chemistry
  • Experience in structural elucidation using multidimensional and multinuclear NMR
  • Experience in compound analysis using LC-MS and GC-MS
  • Experience performing EPR experiments
  • Prior experience with micro-CT is not expected
  • Teaching experience involving training on instrument usage
  • Instrument management experience
  • Evidence of interest in supporting a broad range of research projects

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. Contact information for professional references
  3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

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

Advertised Salary

Minimum $64,000 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 employs 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, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

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 11/2022


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