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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Department of Chemistry at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences seeks qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Research Scientist/Assistant Director.  The incumbent will assist the Director in the operation, maintenance, user-training and applications support of the spectrometers, accessories and data processing computers of the NMR facility.  Currently, the facility (https://chem.uiowa.edu/university-iowa-central-nmr-facility) houses eight Bruker spectrometers with the frequencies ranging from 300-600 MHz, including a 500 MHz solid state NMR equipment with modern probes.

The primary responsibilities include:

a) Day-to-day operations of the facility-cryogen fills, check field homogeneity and shimming, resolve minor technical issues (e.g. NMR software, tuning/matching probes, web-reservation systems, NMR website), working with users to setup and run solid state NMR experiments, occasional solution NMR spectral service for external customers

b) Maintenance- power down/power up instrumentation, check console fans and filters, probe changes, verification of 90o pulse lengths, signal-to-noise ratio and magnetic field homogeneity, assist in troubleshooting and repairing problems with instrumentation

c) User training- coordinate and train users on the operation of low-field solution and solid state NMR spectrometers, train teaching assistants on auto-sampler, add users on web reservation systems

d) Application and analysis support-development of NMR applications and protocols, parameters optimization, small molecule structure analysis; opportunities exist for collaborative research, teaching and attending NMR conferences;

e) Administrative- check user compliance of policies and taking corrective measures, maintain NMR website and web reservation systems, monthly user-fee accounting, NMR-related outreach activities (e.g. tour prospective graduate students); monthly data archival

Required qualifications

a) Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related discipline

b) 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience in conducting research in physical or chemical science

c) 1-2 years of post-doctoral experience applying NMR spectroscopy in one or more fields of Chemistry or other related disciplines

d) Experience in solid state NMR spectroscopy demonstrated with publications and or training

e) Experience with NMR hardware and software

Desirable qualifications

a) Experience with web authoring and web-site maintenance

b) Experience with windows and unix operating systems

c) Hands-on experience with electronics instruments (e.g. voltmeter, oscilloscope)

d) Demonstrated experience in providing customer service in a professional manner

e) Ability to work well with others

To apply, go to Jobs@uiowa.edu

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