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Instrument Specialist - Mellon College of Science (MCS) - Department of Chemistry

Carnegie Mellon University
Job Location:
Pittsburgh, 15213
Laboratory and Research

Carnegie Mellon University is a private, global research university that stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions. With ground-breaking brain science, path-breaking performances, creative start-ups, big data, big ambitions, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn't imagine the future, we invent it. Joining a community that challenges the curious to deliver work that matters, your journey starts here.

Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science, Department of Chemistry, is seeking an ambitious full-time Instrument Specialist who is prepared to manage and repair the instrument inventory of a complex undergraduate education operation with over 70 pieces of major analytical instrumentation, is an organized self-starter and would enjoy supporting faculty, graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate students in the undergraduate program. In this role, you will work closely with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Laboratories to ensure that our laboratory coursework prepares the next generation of scientists. You will collaborate with multiple partners including Chemistry faculty, staff and other campus partners. This is an excellent opportunity if you thrive in an interesting and challenging work environment and enjoy working in a laboratory setting.

Core responsibilities include:
  • Working as part of a team to recommend the purchase of new instrumentation for the program.
  • Investigating instrumental approaches to novel projects proposed by faculty and students.
  • Interfacing with vendors to solicit quotes and determine suitability to meet program needs.
  • Work with vendors and facilities personnel to ensure delivery, set-up and training for new instruments.
  • Developing protocols for training faculty, graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate students on the set up and use of laboratory instrumentation.
  • Meet regular and frequent deadlines to ensure instruments are ready for student use according to the class schedule.
  • Meet with student and department teaching assistant teams to advise them on problem solving and troubleshooting issues involving equipment or instrumentation.
  • Work independently and interface with company technical representatives towards the repair of instrumentation.
  • Work with lab technicians and teaching assistants on processes for routine care and maintenance of equipment.
  • Developing written documentation supported by photos and graphics that translate complex manuals into more basic operating instructions for faculty and staff.
  • Assisting in instrument set-up prior to student arrival on a semesterly and daily basis. This requires interfacing with faculty in each class ongoing during a particular semester in each of our three large undergraduate laboratories to meet their class schedules.
  • Helping to ensure that all students work safely and effectively with our instruments.
  • Working as part of a team of faculty and staff to contribute to the high-quality undergraduate chemistry lab program.
  • Maintaining and accurate equipment and instrumentation inventory.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and perform physical work in the receipt and storage of equipment.

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within MCS. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

You should demonstrate:
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Computer literacy with a basic Office suite of products (word processor, database management), web-based searching and email.
  • Ability to write clearly to develop and communicate protocols for use of instruments.
  • Ability to manage recurring responsibilities with a high degree of independence and solving problems with a professional attitude.
  • Ability to multitask and deliver work according to a fixed deadline.
  • Ability to adapt protocols for classroom experiments and provide technical support.
  • Strong knowledge of chemistry, especially as related to quantitative analysis, and safety in the laboratory.
  • Ability to use software tools to maintain accurate and detailed records and develop electronic users' protocols.
  • Sensitivity to maintaining and safeguarding confidentiality regarding student and department information.
  • Associate degree with electronic experience; preferred Bachelor's degree in Chemistry.
  • 3-5 years of instrumentation repair experience.
  • Successful background check
  • Child Protection Clearances (Act 153)

Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits available to eligible employees.

Those employees who are benefits eligible have the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of advantages from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to an enticing retirement savings program offering a generous employer contribution. You can also unlock your potential with tuition benefits and take well-deserved breaks with ample paid time off and observed holidays. Finally, rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance.

Other perks include a free Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus pass, our Family Concierge Team to help navigate childcare needs, fitness center access, and so much more!

For a comprehensive overview of the benefits that may be awaiting you, explore our Benefits page.

At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role and responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique skills and the diverse perspective you bring. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it's about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity with an exceptional organization?! Apply today!


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function


Position Type

Staff - Regular

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


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