Function of Job:
Under the direction of designated supervisor, exercise judgment and apply the scientific method within generally defined practices and policies in selecting analytical methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria. Employ a variety of techniques with the responsibility for conducting a broad range of experiments on instrumentation in support of the University research and teaching community and other clients; instruct and/or assist faculty, staff, students, and clients on techniques and procedures for use of the facility's analytical instrumentation.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
- Operate, calibrate, and maintain sophisticated computer-controlled analytical instrumentation for material, biological, and chemical analysis using various techniques (e.g., scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and tandem gas-chromatography/mass spectrometry). Employing scientific methods and principles, develop and standardize procedures for new and revised analyses.
- Provide help and basic training to students, faculty, and staff in the safe operation and function of the instrumentation.
- Maintain current knowledge as new techniques and accessories for the instruments become available, including research of current literature.
- Maintain and manage assigned databases, spreadsheets, and other records as required by individual projects; use them to solve problems and analyze data.
- Troubleshoot instrument and scientific methodology problems to ensure efficient operation of the instruments.
- Apply analytical quality control techniques according to governmental procedures, including interpreting or verifying analyses and performing related examinations.
- Assist with designated projects for research community/clients and participate in execution of them as assigned.
- Train subordinate instrumentation scientists in the theory and practices of specialized fields.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree in chemical or biological science (or relevant science) and four years of experience in research related use of instrumentation, or a master's degree in chemical or biological science (or relevant science) and one year of experience in research-related use of instrumentation.
- Computer literacy and computer skills including use of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
- Skill in reading meters, graphs, and other mechanical and electronic equipment.
- Thorough knowledge of laboratory safety, equipment, techniques, procedures, and language.
- Ability to perform scientific procedures with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
- Ability to prepare scientifically accurate and thorough reports.
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
Additional Desirable Qualifications:
- Experience in a college/university environment.
- Additional experience beyond minimum requirements.
- Project management skills and/or supervisory ability.
- Customer service experience.
- Familiarity with instrumentation found in the employing department.
System Approval: 11/8/2002
Effective Date: 11/8/2002
This document is a generic classification specification of the University System of New Hampshire. Its purpose is to describe the representative responsibilities and general level of complexity, and it is not a substitute for the specific job description of the individual position.