The Center for Photochemical Sciences is home to some of the most cutting edge, and in some cases unique, spectroscopic instrumentation in the world. These instruments require routine maintenance and repairs by an expert. The position is needed to enhance the student learning experience on the BGSU campus, and to accelerate the research efforts of our faculty. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be given hands–on training on some of the sophisticated and modern techniques. Our equipment necessitates a staff member who is an expert in the field and is capable of managing and training students on photophysical techniques such as laser flash photolysis, emission spectrometers (fluorescence and phosphorescence) under both steady state and time resolved modes, operation of lasers, time correlated single photon counting equipment, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, etc. In addition, the staff member should be well versed with two photon excitation techniques.
Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Maintenance and upkeep of photophysical equipment such as laser flash photolysis, emission spectrometers (fluorescence and phosphorescence) under both steady state and time resolved modes, operation of lasers, optical setups, near-IR emission measurements/setups, time correlated single photon counting, electron paramagnetic resonance.
- Establish and oversee a training protocol for students on the proper use of the photophysical instrumentation. Manage a process to certify students on each instrument. Schedule training sessions at appropriate times in the semester.
- Maintain documentation of analytical routines/standard operation procedures and instrument performance. Carry out minor repairs based on performance issues, and/or call for service from manufacturers for assistance with major problems.
- Carry out routine preventative maintenance and minor repairs on all photophysical instruments (above).
- A Master’s degree in chemistry or a closely related field (e.g. Photochemical Sciences, Physics, Materials Science) is required. A Doctoral degree in the field is highly preferred. Successful candidate must have Master’s degree conferred at the time of application.