Chemistry Laboratory Instrument Specialist

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Lab Administration/Management
Division: Natural Sciences and Math

About the University of Denver

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower them to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

About the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

The college is home to five academic departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography and the Environment, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy. The college offers over 30 degrees ranging from Bachelor of Arts to Doctor of Philosophy as well as having many active research labs funded through extramural sources. DU and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are strongly committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment of belonging for all. In alignment with this commitment and regardless of specialization, successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to integrate content, programming, processes, communication, and sentiments to build a welcoming community of learning for all, being conscious of individuals with historically minoritized identities. You can read more about DU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on the University’s website.

About the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ( offers undergraduate degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and environmental chemistry and graduate degrees with specialization in analytical, biophysical, environmental, and organic chemistry and biochemistry.

Position Summary

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is accepting applications for a Laboratory Instrument Specialist. The successful applicant will be primarily in charge of a subset of department teaching and shared-research instrumentation. Primary instrumentation includes a 500MHz NMR, various mass spectrometers (MS), spectrophotometers, and chromatographs.

Essential Functions

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the safety of the facility and users
  • Manage the daily operation of the NMR facility including coordination of cryogen fill and recovery (liquid N2 fills, helium fills, and operation of the helium recovery system – including monitoring recovery efficiency)
  • Provide or coordinate professional administrative, academic, and scientific support for the use of the NMR and MS instrumentation.
  • Managing the schedule for various shared instruments
  • Develop training workshops and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for students and faculty on the department NMR and other shared instrumentation as needed
  • Provide technical support and routine maintenance of instrumentation
  • Coordinate with IT to facilitate networked data access and ensure regular data backup
  • Develop, recommend, and monitor expenditures for maintenance, repair, and replacement of the instrumentation and associated hardware and software
  • Develop schedules and timelines for improvement, maintenance, and repair projects
  • Performs other related duties as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proficient in spoken and written English
  • Ability to efficiently communicate with faculty, students, facilities, and vendors
  • Operational experience with NMR, MS, chromatography and spectrophotometers.
  • Ability to monitor relevant tasks and manage projects, implementing changes as needed to complete projects within scheduled time frame
  • Knowledge of theory related to NMR, MS, chromatography and optical spectrophotometry.
  • Experience with instrument troubleshooting and repair preferred.
  • Experience with 2D and Multinuclear NMR techniques preferred.
  • Experience with MS maintenance preferred.

Required Qualifications

  • An M.S. with 3 years relevant research experience, or a B.S with 5 years relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry (or related) with experience developing, applying, and interpreting 2D and 3D NMR experiments.

Working Environment

  1. Standard office/lab environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

The University’s administrative offices are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Work schedule may vary.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) November 28, 2023.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is 9.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $65,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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