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Nulabel Technologies

Instrument Technician

Location: Middlebury College
  Middlebury, VT Campus
Department Sciences Tech Support Services
Posting Number S01468
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-time
Typical Hours Per Week 38.75

Works under minimal supervision to perform maintenance, repair, basic operation, basic user training, and other support functions for Bicentennial Hall analytical instrument systems; assists faculty and students with instrument-related activities.

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Essential Functions:
  • Performs maintenance and repairs, including software upgrades, on various spectrometric, and other analytical instrument systems.
  • Performs maintenance and repairs on other laboratory equipment, and apparatus, including sequencers, centrifuges, heating & cooling devices, and the like.
  • Provides a basic level of support for laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Provides support for field instruments and systems, including gravimeter, seismometers, SONAR devices, underwater ROV, lake current meters, and the like.
  • Provides general instruction, consultation, and guidance to students on proper use of instrumentation and equipment.
  • Assists students and faculty on thesis and research projects, including consultation or collaboration on equipment design and fabrication.
  • Advises and assists faculty in the design and fabrication of custom electronic and electromechanical devices, both analog and digital.
  • Installs, maintains, and repairs instrument alarm and emergency backup devices, including UPSes.
  • Manages inventory of instruments, tools, meters, scopes, and common repair parts and components.
  • Assists with the operation and maintenance of equipment on the R/V Folger; may also serve as mate.
  • Advises and assists faculty in the specification, selection, purchase, and installation of instruments, computer interfaces, UPS systems, and related laboratory equipment.
  • Works with other STSS technical staff to service existing equipment, fabricate new projects, and maintain building support facilities.
General Responsibilities:
  • Must be able to work closely and interact well with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Must be a strongly cooperative team member who demonstrates initiative, flexibility, and accountability.
  • Pursues professional development through such activities as participation in workshops and training seminars.
  • Provides backup support for STSS staff in other areas, as required.
  • Good written and oral communication skills required.
BS or BA in a physical science or engineering, or in a biological or other science with appropriate training on analytical systems. Examples of systems and operations for which knowledge would be an asset include: SEM, ICP, XRD, AA, GC, GC/MS, LC/MS, HPLC, MCD, FTIR, TGA, or UV/Vis. Additional training on laboratory instrumentation and in safe seamanship practices may be taken after hire.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Must have a general understanding of the core scientific principles and practices applicable to the above instruments, and be able to analyze and troubleshoot problems down to the board or subsystem level.
  • Able to analyze and troubleshoot various electromechanical and electronic systems and devices, including AC and DC power supplies and power distribution.
  • Proficient in operation and use of computer hardware and application software, on at least one of the following operating systems: UNIX, Windows, or MAC OS;
  • Must be able to prepare documentation, maintain databases, and manage inventories using Microsoft Office tools. Some fundamental programming ability in one or more OS is desirable.
  • General skills in optics, vacuum systems, soldering and desoldering techniques, and basic use of machine tools is helpful. Must be detail-oriented with good organizational skills.
  • Must be responsible, dependable, and able to work with a high degree of independence.
Minimum of 1 – 3 years’ experience in calibration, maintenance, and repair of analytical instrumentation in a laboratory setting required.
Physical Demands:
Must be able to crawl around, under, and into close­fitting instrument systems and cabinets, and be able to lift, shift, and move components weighing up to 60 pounds.
Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
Required Documents:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/C V

Middlebury is committed to hiring a diverse staff and faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.