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Instrumentation Specialist, Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


About the Department

The University of Cincinnati Department of Geosciences' teaching and research programs integrate field, laboratory, and quantitative approaches to solve problems at the nexus of water, climate, rock, and life. The Department has three other staff members, 13 faculty, both M.S. and Ph.D. students, and over $2M in current external funding. Current analytical instrumentation includes isotope ratio mass spectrometry, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, optical emission spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray florescence, elemental analyzers, environmental sensors (field and lab based), and ground-penetrating radar. The position will include opportunities for collaborating in research with faculty and students, work in the field, and development of new analytical procedures and systems. 

Job Overview

Plan and execute the design and maintenance of new and existing scientific instrumentation for use in lab research and/or instruction.

Essential Functions

  • Plan and execute the design and maintenance of new and existing scientific instrumentation for use in lab research and/or instruction
  • Develop the design for new or modified electronic/mechanical/optical instrumentation and direct the purchase of necessary components to implement design.
  • Coordinate fabrication of scientific instrumentation.
  • Participate in, or oversee the installation and maintenance of new, modified, and/or existing scientific instrumentation.
  • Maintains records of the use, calibration, and repair of analytical instrumentation.
  • Contributes to the design and modification of experimental techniques, equipment, and procedures; documents and communicates these procedures in written and electronic formats.
  • Trains new users (including students) in the use of experimental techniques and analytical instrumentation.
  • Administers purchase of equipment and supplies related to this position; maintains contact with vendors and conducts product searches to determine availability and cost of equipment/parts; assists in forecasting and planning for future equipment/resource needs.
  • Maintain inventory of electronic/mechanical/optical equipment and requestion and/or fabricate replacement parts as necessary.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Six (6) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

Two (2) years of experience in design and/or service of instrumentation.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • B.S or higher degree (M.S. and/or Ph.D.) in the Geosciences or closely related field.
  • Working with and training students in the use of analytical equipment.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 92384 


Instrumentation Specialist, Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Date:  May 18, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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