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Research Associate 2 - Mass Spectrometrist

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs

Position Title Research Associate 2 - Mass Spectrometrist
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

Scientific Technical Services (SciTech) supports research, scholarship and teaching by providing access to advanced multi-user scientific instrumentation, machine and electronics shops, and equipment design, fabrication and repair services. Through its core facilities, our department helps Western researchers accelerate the discovery of new knowledge, partners with instructors to teach graduate and undergraduate laboratory classes, and provides regional industry access to specialized equipment.

Scientific Technical Services supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position In this position you will assist, train, and supervise students, faculty, and other users of mass spectrometry (MS) instrumentation, including liquid chromatography time-of-flight mass spectroscopy (LC-QTOF), matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectroscopy (MALDI-TOF), and gas chromatography mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) instrumentation.  The position may require occasional travel to other nearby facilities and/or technical workshops or conferences.

Typical duties include:

  • Oversee, train, and assist users in the operation of LC-QTOF, MALDI-TOF, GC-MS and related instrumentation, including sample preparation, analysis, data processing and interpretation.
  • Maintain, operate, and service MS instrumentation and related equipment.
  • Independently prepare and analyze samples, and prepare technical reports on the results.
  • Work collaboratively to support the research and teaching operations of Scientific and Technical Services group.
  • Pursue new opportunities for projects and proposals for external funding, including fee-for-service projects with regional companies.
  • Be active in networking with other mass spectrometry labs in order to support advanced investigations.

Additional job functions (PhD-level only):

  • Participate in mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers.
  • Submit collaborative proposals to upgrade and acquire new instrumentation. Submission of independent research proposals is also encouraged.
  • Pursue an independent program of research.

This is a part-time, 30-hour-per-week position.

Required Qualifications
  • M.S. in chemistry, physics, materials science, biology, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 1 year experience operating LC-MS and/or MALDI-TOF instrumentation for analysis of biological and biochemical samples.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work effectively with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and external partners.
  • Strong record of effective teamwork and collaboration.
  • Quality oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science, biology, or a related field, or equivalent research experience.
  • Experience repairing and maintaining MS instrumentation.
  • Experience developing chromatographic methods.
  • Experience operating LC-QTOF-MS and/or MALDI-TOF/TOF instrumentation.
Salary Starting salary range is $39,091- $43,434, commensurate with experience; includes an excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins February 19, 2021; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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