Instructor - Instrumentation Specialist - #160803

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Instructor - Instrumentation Specialist - #160803


Chemistry & Physics

Position Summary:

Western Carolina University (WCU), one of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system, invites applications for an Instrumentation Specialist in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Anticipated begin work date August 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

The Instrumentation Specialist position is a 10-months per year fixed-term faculty position. In addition to teaching two laboratory courses per semester at the undergraduate level, the individual in this position will 1) be responsible for the maintenance of major instrumentation in the department, including various types of chromatographic (HPLC, IC, GC, etc.) and spectroscopic (NMR, ICP-OES, UV-Vis-NIR, FT-IR, Raman, etc.) equipment as well as an electron microscope (SEM); 2) serve as a resource for faculty and both graduate and undergraduate students by training users and offering guidance on sample preparation and data analysis; 3) be responsible for management and upkeep of computerized systems related to the instruments (e.g. control computers, scheduling systems, and departmental data servers); 4) ensure compliance with State and University safety regulations; and 5) manage student workers who assist with instrument upkeep. This position also requires the moving of cryogenic dewars and gas cylinders as part of instrument upkeep.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications:

The minimum educational/professional requirement for the position is a M.S. degree in chemistry or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior instrument maintenance experience, and/or prior teaching experience are preferred.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application materials must be submitted online, and must include:
1) a letter of intent;
2) curriculum vitae;
3) statement of teaching philosophy;
4) list of at least three professional references (including contact information);
5) unofficial transcripts from terminal degree.

The submitted teaching philosophy statement (ca. 2 pages) should include a discussion on the applicant’s views on the pedagogical value of instrumentation use in the chemistry curriculum.

Review of application materials will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Jamie Wallen ([email protected])


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 2/14/2021
Application Due: 4/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time