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University of Delaware Electronics Instrument Technician, Chemistry & Biochemistry in Newark, Delaware

Electronics Instrument Technician, Chemistry & Biochemistry

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College / VP Area:College of Arts & Sciences

Work type: Staff

Location: Newark

Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time



The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a nationally ranked, research-intensive unit with over $25 million dollars of research-grade instrumentation including spectrometers (nuclear magnetic resonance, mass, optical, x-ray), chromatographs (gas and liquid), vacuum equipment (pumps, chambers) and laboratory equipment (analytical balances, centrifuges, motors, refrigeration and other temperature-controlled devices, etc.). Under the general supervision of the Manager, Technical Services, the Master Instrument Specialist performs highly skilled and complex technical work associated with installing, calibrating, maintaining, and repairing this instrumentation. The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of mechanical, electromechanical, fluid and gas control systems, as well as the willingness and ability to continually learn about an ever-expanding range of equipment in a growing and dynamic research environment. Independent judgment is required in the application of established policies and procedures to solve problems associated with this diverse range of instrumentation.


  • Design, or assist in the design, development and operation of highly specialized laboratory equipment and instrumentation.

  • Perform maintenance, repair, modification, and installation of sophisticated instrumentation and related electromechanical, vacuum, gas, liquid and cryogenic systems and components.

  • Assist with laboratory preparations for instrument installations/relocations, including assembly of manifolds and installation of tubing from compressed gas sources to equipment.

  • Calibrate scientific equipment following detailed procedures to achieve required performance specifications.

  • Locate and rectify problems in high-pressure components of chromatographic equipment; replace pump seals, check valves and fittings as needed.?

  • Assist with the design, development, assembly and installation of structures from steel, aluminum, polymers, composites, plexi-glass, brass, copper, and other materials as appropriate for each project.

  • Perform intricate alignment of optics and assemblies on spectrophotometers, fluorometers, diffractometers, mass spectrometers and other highly sensitive instrumentation.

  • Interpret and prepare schematics and/or drawings and obtain service manuals and technical information from manufacturers.

  • Install and configure software on data collection systems to establish communication and upgrade data processing capabilities of chemical analysis instruments.

  • Install and test electromechanical devices and related controllers using soldering equipment, hand and power tools and various test equipment.

  • Advise students and staff on the installation and use of research equipment by developing instruction aids when needed.

  • Procure, issue and maintain shop test equipment, tools and inventory of parts.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Required to use personal protective equipment, such as safety goggles for ultraviolet radiation, to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.


  • High school diploma, GED, or vocational technical certification and six years of experience building or repairing mechanical, electromechanical and/or electronic equipment, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Skill in maintenance and repair of mechanical, electronic and/or electromechanical equipment.

  • Ability to disassemble and reassemble devices containing fragile and/or miniature components and wiring.

  • Knowledge of fluid and gas fittings, valves, and piping systems. Experience with metal tube bending a plus.

  • Ability to use conventional machinery and/or equipment such as drill press, sanders, and grinders as well as hand and sheet metal tools. Experience with 80/20 or other framing systems a plus.

  • Ability to work independently; ability to anticipate and proactively solve problems.

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities at once and work effectively under pressure.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.

  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.

  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.


  • Ability to visually color code wire, size conduit and troubleshoot related problems.

  • Ability to lift and move, without assistance, equipment weighting up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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