Research Laboratory Technician lll, Mass Spectrometry

Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers)

United States

February 6, 2022


Job Summary

The Research Laboratory Technician III, Mass Spectometry is a highly experienced professional that performs a variety of complex laboratory tests and procedures. Performs all procedures necessary to maintain a safe, uninterrupted work environment in accordance to departmental and national safety guidelines. This position is responsible to develop analytical methods for newly purchased instruments including but not limited to: LC-MS/MS (TSQ Altis™ Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer, LC-MS/MS system) and GC-MS/MS instruments (TSQ™ 9000 Triple Quadrupole GC-MS/MS System), performing routine analyses of algal toxins and organic compounds in several sample matrices. Performs routine analysis to support faculty and students in The Water School in support of their research goals.

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.

At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.

Job Description

Typical duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Performs a variety of complex laboratory tests, procedures, and analyses.
  • Collects, analyzes, interprets data and prepares reports.
  • Prepares specimens, cultures, solvents, solutions, reagents, and apparatuses according to guidelines.
  • Consults with researchers regarding laboratory procedures and experiments.
  • Maintains clean laboratories facilities. Responsible for set up and breakdown of equipment.
  • Participates in environmental health and safety audits, maintains accurate records, and ensures compliance with safety regulations of science laboratories.
  • Provides training on proper usage of laboratory equipment and safe laboratory practices including safe handling and disposal of biohazardous materials, and standard policies and protocols for reporting unusual events.
  • Performs routine maintenance and inspections to ensure optimum calibration and condition of equipment.
  • Maintains supplies and replenish stocks of solvents, reagents, and solutions. Ensures chemicals are stored in the correct manner according to safety codes, regulations, and best practices.
  • Maintains accurate records on equipment maintenance and acquisition of supplies.
  • Assists in the development of laboratory standard operating procedures.
  • Other Duties

  • Operates LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS, HPLC, GC and other instruments.
  • Methods development, optimization and validation using LC-MS/MS and GC- MS/MS for analysis of target algal toxin and organic compounds.
  • Maintains, trouble-shoots, and optimizes analytical instruments such as HPLC, GC, LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS.
  • Resolves inconsistent or atypical results and/or equipment malfunctions in independent manner or with minimal supervision.
  • Modifies and optimizes existing procedures and updates SOPs.
  • Ensures proficient workflow of samples in timely manner.
  • Evaluates ongoing project laboratory needs on daily basis as requested by faculty and students.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
  • Additional Job Description

    Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree from and accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization.
  • Two years of relevant full-time experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience, and/or certifications may be considered.
  • Experience operating a personal computer and proficient with Microsoft Office (Work, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in Analytical Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry or other Relevant Natural or Physical Science
  • Five years of relevant full-time experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Laboratory experience in an academic setting.
  • Experience on GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS, and experience with mass specs from Thermo Fisher Scientific and the software (i.e., Chromeleon 7.x).
  • Certified experience in liquid and gas chromatography and in mass spectrometry techniques, particularly relating to toxins and other organic compounds.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the use and maintenance of laboratory facilities and/or equipment.
  • Knowledge of laboratory and experimental protocols and procedures.
  • Knowledge of inventory control principles and methods.
  • Knowledge of applicable safety standards, guidelines, and protocols.
  • Skilled in mass spectrometry techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and an ability to prioritize and complete simultaneous projects within deadlines.
  • Ability to prepare stock chemicals according to given standards.
  • Ability to understand and follow directions.
  • Ability to maintain records and perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to work successfully as both a member of a team and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to interact in a professional manner with a diverse group of faculty, students, and staff.
  • Ability to prepare and set-up appropriate laboratory materials and equipment for various laboratory activities.
  • Ability to utilize, calibrate, configure and/or troubleshoot laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Ability to thrive in an organization that values the diversity of its student body and workforce and actively promotes equity and inclusion.
  • Salary Range: $20.07- $21.55 an hour ($41,900- $45,000 annual)