Mass Spectrometry Specialist

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Hyde Park Campus

22252 Chemistry

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Job Summary:

The Mass Spectrometry Facility at the University of Chicago is seeking an experienced technician in Chromatogram and Mass Spectrometry to assist the Director with daily activities of the open-access core facility devoted to both small and larger molecule characterization and quantification. The core currently consists of 10 mass spectrometers located in three labs that support research across numerous scientific disciplines, and covers a wide variety of chromatogram and mass spectrometry platforms of GCMS, LCMS and MALDI-Tof. The candidate will use his/her knowledge and experiences as the basis to learn the required skills and knowledge to maintain the instruments and the lab operations under the Director's guidance.


Laboratory maintenance – 25%.

  • Have the 3 labs organized and operated by following the procedures and requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety, such as chemical wastes organized, the Eye-wash-stations tested, room temperature controlled, fume hoods functional and etc.
  • Retain the lab supplies of reagents, chemicals, consumables and etc. uninterrupted, valid and organized.
  • Maintain Windows based computers, software and local networks with firewall including backup the hard disks regularly.

Routine instrument maintenances – 25%.
  • Maintain the logbooks of 10 instruments and the online reservation system.
  • Prepare buffers, calibrants, references and etc.
  • Tune and calibrate instruments as scheduled or as needed.
  • Conduct routine maintenances such as changing septum, tubing, filters, guard columns, fittings, needles, needle seats and etc.

Minor repairs and major maintenances – 25%.
  • Troubleshoot instrument breakdowns including contact the tech supports of the vendors.
  • Replace filaments, clean ion sources and ion optics, change pump oils and etc.

Users training and running samplers – 25%.
  • Train users basics to use instruments, such as MALDI, GC, GCMS and LCMS..
  • Run user's samples as requested and directed.
  • Other duties decided by the Director

  • Able to do multiple tasks and effectively manage priority and time.
  • Able to be flexible - willing to work over-time as needed.
  • Effective communication between laboratories, users and offices.
  • Able to keep detailed records of laboratory data in notebooks and related software.
  • Able to follow instructions and work independently.

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field.

  • Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years of related experiences or Master's degree with 1-3 years of related experiences.

Technical knowledge and skills:
  • Skills in chromatography, such as HPLC, GC, TLC, and IC.
  • Skills in Mass Spectrometry, such as GCMS, LCMS and MALDI.
  • Skills in handling wet chemistry and operating basic lab instruments.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills.

Working conditions:
  • Able to handle chemicals, change vacuum pump oils, install and move size 300 gas cylinders including hydrogen and methane gas tanks, and etc.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds with hands.
  • Able to climb four step ladders.

Required documents:
  • Resume
  • One page cover letter

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 3/23/2018
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