Assistant Director of NMR & MS Facilities - Dept. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology - (Research Support Specialist III)

Cornell University

Job Description

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


Inclusive Excellence is a core value within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive and creates a sense of belonging for all.
The Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department is one of the oldest Chemistry departments in the nation with a proud history of discovery, innovation and scholarship. Among the faculty, there are Nobel Prize winners, National Academy Members, MacArthur Fellows and Guggenheim Fellows. Education is a central focus for the Department that teaches thousands of undergraduate and advanced students each year. Both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows perform cutting edge chemical research that is supported by many national granting agencies and foundations. The Department is committed to the advancement and inclusion of all students and aims to foster a diverse environment for science and learning.


The NMR and MS Facilities in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology provide access to state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation in support of chemical and materials research efforts on Cornell’s Ithaca campus and the surrounding area. Facility staff are a critical resource to the chemical research community, applying highly-specialized knowledge and experience to solve research problems.

NMR & MS Facilities: Applies specialized expertise in instrumental analysis to help scientists solve complex and challenging research problems. Oversees the daily maintenance and operation of the Cornell Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Chemistry Mass Spectrometry (MS) Facilities. Schedules and performs cryogenic maintenance on NMR magnets and cryoprobes. Shares responsibility with the facility director for “on call” response to facility emergencies and critical outages during nights and weekends.

CCMR Polymer Characterization Facility: This position is the primary contact for the Polymer Characterization Facility, which consists of several size Exclusion Chromatographs (GPCs), Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA), and a MALDI mass spectrometer. The faculty supervisor(s) will offer advice on an as-needed basis only. Responds to facility emergencies and critical outages during nights and weekends.

Common Responsibilities: Schedules and performs scheduled maintenance tasks on state-of-the art scientific instrumentation. Develops or contributes to training materials. Trains graduate and undergraduate students, and postdoctorals in the operation of the instrumentation. Advises users on the execution and interpretation of experiments in order to meet research goals. Participates in grant proposals on a non-PI basis including research, writing and editorial functions. Coordinates facility billing, bookkeeping and fee adjustments with facility director as necessary.


As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program , all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.


University Job Title:

Research Support Spec III

Job Family:

Academic Support



Pay Rate Type:


Pay Range:

$72,558.00 - $88,681.00

Remote Option Availability:

Fully Onsite



Contact Name:

Sharon VanDeMark

Number of Openings:


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  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)

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