Job Description

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$85,000 - $105,000/year
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8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri, additional hours as needed

#125183 NMR Spectroscopy Research Engineer

Extended Deadline: Mon 10/9/2023

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  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date 10/9/23.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego invites applications for an NMR Research and Development Engineer to join our world class NMR Facilities. Altogether, our facilities provide access to 13 NMR and EPR spectrometers and serve a large community of magnetic resonance users both from academia and industry in the larger San Diego area. For this position, the staff scientist will oversee the operations and maintenance of five Bruker solid-state NMR spectrometers and Bruker/Phoenix probes, provide assistance with experiments and data analysis, collaborate with the groups of G. Debelouchina (biological solid-state NMR) and K. Griffith (materials), and support a growing community of solid-state NMR users. The staff scientist will also work closely with two other staff scientists who have extensive experience in managing the NMR facilities. Our solid-state NMR instruments range from 400 MHz to 900 MHz, and include a 600 MHz DNP NMR spectrometer. The candidate should have a PhD level of education/experience in Chemistry or a related field and expertise in solid-state NMR spectroscopy methodology development, instrumentation, pulse programming, and applications. The position also requires willingness to learn new techniques (e.g. DNP) and applications, and the ability to maintain and repair NMR instrumentation.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry strives to be a top-ranked and recognized leader in the chemical and biochemical sciences through transformative research and impactful educational programs. We are committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring excellence and supporting students and postdoctoral researchers in safe and inclusive environments as they prepare to become leaders in science and society. We value collegiality, equity and diversity with the Department, and promote a culture of collaboration and transparency. We aim to enhance our impact in local and global communities through partnerships with other educators, industry, government and professional societies. Chemistry and Biochemistry is one of the largest and most complex departments on campus and is comprised of 75 ladder rank faculty, an additional 10 in various instructional titles, ~150 in academic research titles and postdoctoral scholars, 90 career staff; ~60 temporary or student staff, and 480 Master’s and Ph.D. students. Undergraduate students majoring in chemistry number greater than 1,700, and total undergraduate and graduate annual course enrollments exceed 23,000.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.


  • Demonstrated experience and ability in engineering, designing, testing and development of solid-state NMR techniques as applied to a broad range of chemistry and biochemistry-related research. PhD and 2+ years of experience preferred.

  • Knowledge of NMR instrumentation, the theory and practice of NMR spectroscopy as applied to biological and/or materials systems, and experience with pulse sequence design and implementation.

  • Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.

  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one or in group settings, taking into account differences in social, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.

  • Ability to lead and influence others.

  • Extensive experience in designing and conducting experiments, collecting data, and reporting results, typical of a PhD level.

  • Knowledge/understanding of Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Demonstrated organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adherence to quality standards. Experience with management of NMR instrumentation preferred.

  • Proven experience with manuscript preparation.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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