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Manager, Surface Analysis Facility, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Facilities Management, Research & Laboratory, Full Time

Pay Grade: 32E

Context of the Job:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a nationally ranked, research-intensive unit with over $25 million dollars of research-grade instrumentation. The Surface Analysis Facility is an integral part of the departmental, college, and university infrastructure. The facility combines a number of instruments including an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer, ToF-SIMS, and AFM-Raman microscope. The Manager of the Surface Analysis Facility is the principal staff member reporting to the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Under limited direction of the Chairperson, the Manager oversees the operation of the facility and supervises the technical personnel consisting of postdoctoral researchers and graduate assistants. The Manager is responsible for current operation and future direction of the facility in a manner that maximizes the Facility’s impact on the research of the users. In addition to keeping instruments in prime operating condition, he/she serves as intellectual driver of the surface analysis research, manages the Facility budget, seeks outside support to enhance the budget, and assists Faculty in writing grant proposals to acquire new equipment. These activities directly impact the research of the users and the associated contracts and grants that support their work.

The successful candidate will be responsible for operating and maintaining instrumentation, training and supervising student users and assistants, aiding researchers in interpretation of surface analysis data, preparing proposals for new equipment, and managing the facility budget. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or a related area plus demonstrated expertise in surface analysis techniques.  Candidates should have experience with a wide variety of instruments including X-ray photoelectron spectrometers, ToF-SIMS, and AFM-Raman microscopes and be familiar with vacuum systems and electronics. 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Manages the day-to-day supervision and operation of the Surface Analysis Facility, to include supervising postdoctoral researchers and graduate research assistants.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures for optimal performance of the facility.
  • Manages facility budget and support to maximize impact on user research.
  • Sets future direction of the facility (acquisition of new equipment; modification of existing equipment; revision of sample protocols) through detailed reading of and familiarity with the scientific literature and through participation in national and international meetings focused on surface analysis.
  • Designs and develops surface analysis research protocols to assist user research, including planning and interpreting experiments and suggesting potential follow-up studies.
  • Assures reliable operation of instruments and the integrity of data obtained from them.
  • Validates instrument performance through the regular analysis of standards.
  • Works directly with instrument vendors and repair specialists to troubleshoot problems and perform preventative maintenance.
  • Writes or assists in the preparation of grant proposals for the acquisition of new instrumentation.
  • Where appropriate, co-authors scientific publications with users in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Trains users on proper use of instruments and interpretation of the experimental data.
  • Organizes and teaches practical classes in surface analysis at the graduate level and helps set up the surface analysis laboratory experiments for undergraduate courses.
  • Demonstrates the capabilities of surface analysis equipment as appropriate.
  • Coordinates formal and informal hazard reviews of all lab research equipment and procedures in the Surface Analysis Facility.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


  • Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field with six years of specialization in surface analysis, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of surface analytical techniques, with emphasis on XPS, ToF-SIMS and Raman microscopy.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in surface analysis.
  • Ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific research projects.
  • Ability to anticipate changing experimental demands, plan for acquisition of needed instrumentation, and establish new experimental procedures.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of electronics.
  • Knowledge of vacuum systems.
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to effectively manage and/or interact with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of the use and maintenance of equipment.
  • Ability to maintain expertise by reading the literature and attending scientific meetings.
  • Ability to undertake independent or collaborative research.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and to draw conclusions.
  • Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports.
  • Ability to understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.

More information is available at the departmental web site ( 

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2020.  All application materials shall be shared with departmental faculty.

The UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

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