#101764 CAICE Lab Assistant

La Jolla, CA
Sep 20, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/23/2019 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/02/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE) focuses on the fundamental chemistry behind the way that atmospheric aerosol particles impact the environment, air quality, and climate. Led by Prof. Kimberly Prather, UC San Diego Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, the Center’s goal is to understand critical details regarding the chemistry of aerosols.

The incumbent will assist in the design, assembly, and characterization of new analytical instrumentation for the analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from microalgae. Computer aided drawing (CAD) paired with ion modeling software (SIMION) will be utilized to design a novel type of continuous operation mass spectrometer. After design, the incumbent will assist with the construction of the device which will consist of, but is not limited to: ordering, machining, soldering, wiring, vacuum science, data acquisition software (Labview), and device troubleshooting.

Following construction, the incumbent will assist with the operation of the instrument as it is tested in various conditions on multiple sample types. Experience in analytical instrumentation with an emphasis in mass spectrometry, especially chemical ionization, would be very helpful.

  • Must be able to work after-hours and weekend days as needed to meet the goals of time-sensitive or intensive projects.
  • Graduation from high school or GED and one (1) year of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in physical science or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Possess the knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory safety practices and protocols.

  • Demonstrated working experience with ion modeling computer programs such as SIMION 8.0.

  • Proven experience with word processing and data analysis software including Microsoft Excel, Matlab, or Igor.

  • Demonstrated hands on and theoretical knowledge of mass spectrometry, ion optics, and VOC analysis.

  • Experience in analytical instrumentation with an emphasis in mass spectrometry, especially chemical ionization.

  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

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