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Laboratory Instrumentation Specialist - Chemistry (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


The Chemistry Laboratory Instrumentation Specialist is responsible for the maintenance and operation of instrumentation in the Department of Chemistry on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University (GVSU), focusing in the areas of mass spectrometry and/or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), as well as optical spectroscopy and gas and liquid chromatography; other instrumentation will vary as needed by the department. Additional responsibilities include the scheduling of instrument time and training of other faculty, staff, and student scientists on these instruments. The Chemistry Laboratory Instrumentation Specialist contributes to the vibrant research, teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration atmosphere of the department.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor of Science/Arts in a science-based field required.
  • Three or more years professional experience in the field of instrumental analysis, with experience operating and maintaining instruments of the types listed in the position summary.
  • Experience working in a chemistry laboratory, safely using chemical reagents, equipment, and glassware.
  • Experience with instrumentation software and computing systems.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience working and problem solving with a minimum of supervision.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Ability to prepare information for reports (Word, Excel, Power Point, File Maker).
  • Experience in analytical chemistry method development.
  • Experience with diagnosing electrical problems.
  • Ability to lift and move equipment, as well as transport gas cylinders and Dewars using appropriate dollies.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Scientific Support: Collaborate with faculty and students to aid in departmental research efforts, assisting in proper instrument use. Coordinate with faculty and other staff members for use of instrumentation in chemistry laboratory courses.
  • Instrument Maintenance: Ensure that departmental instrumentation is well maintained, calibrated and in working condition. This may require internal maintenance and repair of the instruments and/or working with outside companies to schedule preventative and other maintenance and repair.
  • Instrument Scheduling and Training: Manage the scheduling of instruments in the department, and leading the training of faculty, staff, and students on the instrumentation to ensure proper instrument usage and safety.
  • Maintain a central repository for all instrumentation software, manuals, and documentation both electronically and physically for communal departmental use. Work with the College IT staff on instrument computer system management.
  • Cryogen and Gas Management: Maintain cryogens and compressed gases for necessary instrumentation.
  • Serve on Chemistry department’s Facilities Committee and assist faculty and staff in the purchase of equipment and consumables related to in-house instrumentation.
  • Perform additional duties and special projects as needed.

Salary:  $46,800-54,900.  Benefits package includes four weeks of vacation time, holiday pay, health, dental, vision, and 403b retirement allotments.


The GVSU Department of Chemistry is committed to high quality undergraduate education, offering Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as a concentration in Chemistry Education and a Green Chemistry Certificate. We currently have more than 50 full time faculty and staff and serve over 200 chemistry and biochemistry majors along with students from a number of other science majors. We strive to contribute to a chemically literate society through teaching (with classrooms, labs, and research), scholarship, and service.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. This year, six CLAS departments are collaborating to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring process. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty and staff committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus and Community:

Grand Valley University is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter, resume, and any technical training certificates. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, please call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline:  Consideration of applications will begin Jan. 5, 2021 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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