Facility Manager W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry, University of Hawaii

The Reaction Dynamics Group, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, invites applications for a Facility Manager for the W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry. This is a permanent, full time position starting May 1, 2019, at a level of $ 75,000 per year plus fringe benefits. To apply, please submit a cover letter indicating how you satisfy each of the minimum and desirable qualifications, names of 3 professional references and Ph.D. certificate to the address below (copies accepted, but original document required upon hire). Send application materials as single PDF file attachments to Prof. Ralf I Kaiser (ralfk@hawaii.edu). Please include position title in the subject line.

Title: Facility Manager W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry

Hiring Unit: College of Natural Sciences

Location: Manoa Campus

Date Posted: June 20, 2018

Closing Date: August 20, 2018

Annual Salary (11 Months): $ 75,000

Projected Starting Date: May 1, 2019

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions:

Working Title: Facility Manager W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for implementing and overseeing the daily operation of the W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry and enforcement of standard operation procedures


  1. To request biannually user proposals from the scientific com­munity by disseminating open calls in electronic newsletters of, e.g., the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Geophy­si­cal Union (AGU), and the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
  2. To coordinates merit reviews and allocate experimental time to successful pro­posals.
  3. To design and to conduct in collaboration with (inter)national and local faculty members, scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and students experiments in the W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry.
  4. To disseminate in collaboration with (inter)national and local scientists the results from the experiments in peer-reviewed journals
  5. To maintain the W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry such as lasers, cryosystems, and pumping systems.
  6. To modify existing research instruments to add capabilities that extend the usefulness of the instrument and the laser systems.
  7. Responsible for inventory management (chemicals, vacuum components) related to the W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry.
  8. To co-organize a biannual ‘Laboratory Astrophysics Wor­­k­shop’ for current and prospective users to be promoted, e.g., via the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Geophy­si­cal Union (AGU), and the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
  9. Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a Ph.D. degree in physics, physical chemistry, or planetary sciences or related field with at least 5 year(s) of responsible professional experience with operating ultra high vacuum experimental setups and tunable laser systems (solid state, dye lasers)
  2. Demonstrated ability to disseminate research results in internationally circulated, peer-reviewed publications
  3. Considerable working knowledge of principles, practices, and maintenance techniques in cryosciences (cold heads, liquid nitrogen plants).
  4. Considerable working knowledge and understanding of gas phase time of flight and condensed pase spectroscopy data fitting and analysis procedures.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work in an (international) team.
  6. Demonstrated ability to present research results at (international) conferences.
  7. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer, work stations, apply word processing software, programming (C or C++), labview, and autocad/solidworks.
  8. For supervisory work, demonstrated ability to lead subordinates and to manage work priorities and projects.
  9. Ability to work outside of normal work hours, including evenings, weekends & holidays
  10. Ability to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the activities of subordinates.
  11. Ability to travel for purposes of attending meetings, training and other activities.

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