Friday, June 7, 2019

Job posting: associate scientist, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

From the inbox: 
The Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University seeks an Associate Scientist to be part of its Chemical Instrumentation Facility with a main specialty in spectrophotometry, thermal analysis, and/or related mass spectrometry techniques.  
The Associate Scientist will be responsible for oversight, training, and maintenance for a variety of instrumentation (e.g., UV-Vis, FT-IR, polarimetry, TGA, DSC, ITC, combustion elemental analysis, and mass spectrometry instrumentation). The scientist will work with other scientists as part of a team running a large facility serving the entire university; the facility also includes NMR, X-ray, and mass spectrometry instrumentation. This position will be responsible for the training and indirect supervision of the research activities of graduate students, and collaboration on new methodologies and research projects when appropriate. The Associate Scientist will be involved in preparation of grant proposals, preparation of annual reports for funding agencies and internal purposes, evaluation and acquisition of new instrumentation, development of training materials, and development and implementation of outreach programs. 
The successful candidate will have excellent technical skills in at least one area noted and will be willing to learn new techniques and instrumentation. The successful candidate should have interest in or experience with maintaining websites and graphical or video editing software. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are required for working with faculty, graduate students, and instrument companies. Excellent writing skills are required for crafting training materials and grant proposals. 
Required Education and Experience: Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 2 years of related experience.
Full ad here. Best wishes to those interested. 

5 comments:

  1. I looked up this pay band on the ISU site and it appears the minimum pay is $58.6K, the median pay at this band is $83.5K, and max pay is $109.5K. Not a bad pay for the middle of Iowa, but the low end is too low for Masters +5y experience in my opinion.

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    1. The link for 2019-2020 if anyone is interested (this job is listed as pay band 37): https://www.hr.iastate.edu/sites/default/files/hr-managed-file/classification-compensation/other/1002/fy20-ps-salary-matrix-2019-05-06-0803.pdf

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    2. The full compensation package includes health insurance with no/low premium (depending on the coverage you choose), dental with no premium, a 10% 403b contribution from the employer, and 24 vacation days plus university holidays.

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  2. The requirements look oddly specific. ("UV-Vis, FT-IR, polarimetry, TGA, DSC, ITC, combustion elemental analysis, and mass spectrometry") It's understandable when some institution is looking for an NMR spectrometrist or x-ray crystallographer, but this isn't even a small-instruments dogsbody. Do they have a postdoc on H1-B who needs an extension?

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    1. It is my understanding that this is a genuine candidate search.

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