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Scientific Instruments Specialist

Apply now Posting #: 2916
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: College of Arts and Sciences, Administrator

Position Title & Department:

 Scientific Instruments Specialist; Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Department Description:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry enjoys a solid reputation for providing high quality education, conducting outstanding research with faculty who strive to be the best teachers and mentors for our students.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

Is responsible for most scientific instruments in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. As such, is responsible for their maintenance and repair, co-management of the Maintenance and Repairs budget, and participates in the departmental capital equipment request annual process. The Scientific Instrument Specialist supports instrument use for research and teaching laboratories, organizes and conducts training sessions on instruments, oversees instrument installation and setup, upgrades instruments' software and hardware, troubleshoots and maintains most scientific instruments. This position provides fundamental support of instructional and research activities in the Department.


Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Gives highest priority to timely, responsive maintenance and repair of department instrumentation 
    • Provides expertise, as necessary, on the repair and maintenance questions for shared instrumentation and specialized equipment 
    • Upgrades software and hardware as needed for department instruments.
    • Organizes and conducts training sessions on instrumentation, methods and techniques for instructors and researchers (faculty and students).
    • Acquires and/or writes and produces, maintains, and disseminates quality instrument training videos.
    • Provides technical support for faculty on instrument matters relating to teaching and research including limited method development.
    • Oversees instrument installation and setup.
    • Co-manages the department repairs and maintenance budget to support the cost of department instrumentation upkeep.
    • Communicates with staff/faculty point persons in support of instrumentation housed in the department.
    • Organizes shared usage of all department instruments.
    • Works with department chair, faculty, laboratory technicians and laboratory coordinators in long-range planning for instrument needs and acquisition, coordinating installation of new instruments.
    • Participates in the departmental capital equipment request annual process.
    • Keeps abreast of trends, developments, best practices, and technologies in the field of scientific instruments.
    • Maintaining an accurate inventory of current instrumentation and maintenance records. 
Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's in a chemistry, engineering or related technical field with minimum four years of practical hands-on experience operating and maintaining instruments.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with experience.


Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 

Knowledge and skills:

  • Thorough knowledge of scientific instrument construction and operation. Considerable knowledge of general software used to support such instrumentation. Skills in maintaining and repair of scientific instrumentation.
  • Proactive approach and skill in problem solving and trouble-shooting instrument problems.
  • Creative and independent approach to instrument maintenance.


  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Possess flexibility and versatility in order to contribute to evolving work situations.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in written and oral form and request clarification when needed.
  • Possess good organizational skills.
  • Able to provide service in a courteous, prompt and efficient manner.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues, staff, administrators, students, and vendors.
  • Must possess the ability to get along with diverse personalities and populations.
  • Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer system for word processing, design and other use.


Tools & Equipment Used:

Various electronic equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.), specialized software, hand tools, soldering irons, power tools, mechanical and electronic tools to repair and adjust equipment, cryogens and vacuum pumps.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits


Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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