Instrumentation Specialist


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Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267


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Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students.

Instrumentation Specialist
$70k - $80k Per Year
Full Time

We are pleased to announce a full-time, year-round position as an Instrumentation Specialist in the Chemistry department.  This position reports to the Chair and will work in close association with faculty members, other support staff and students.  The Instrumentation Specialist will be responsible for maintaining Chemistry department instrumentation and equipment used in both courses and in research, including data management and instrument software/hardware support. 

Williams is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty and staff.  Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  Applicants should highlight relevant experience with building, working with, and supporting a broadly diverse employee community.


The successful candidate will train new users (largely undergraduates) of the instrumentation and coordinate its use.  The successful candidate is also expected to lend their expertise to the development of new laboratory experiments for courses and faculty/student research projects.  Instrumentation includes, although is not limited to, spectrometers (NMR, LC-MS, FT-IR, GC-MS, UV-Vis) and chromatography systems.  See also for a more complete listing of departmental instrumentation. Candidates are not expected to have experience with all the instruments listed, but must be willing to learn, which will involve interfacing with support technicians and attending training workshops as necessary.

  • Relevant Ph.D. degree or an equivalent combination of Master’s plus 2 or more years of experience in a laboratory setting  
  • Broad expertise in experimental design using modern chemical instrumentation  
  • The ability to work effectively both independently and cooperatively with faculty, staff and students
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new skills to support the changing needs of the department

Please include a cover letter and resume (indicating at least three references) in your application materials.  Please be detailed about your knowledge and use of different instrumentation and your experience troubleshooting problems. 

Application review will begin on January 4, 2023. Pay range is from $70,000 to $80,000, commensurate with experience. Job band 2-E.  Please visit to apply. All application materials will be read by the search committee.

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. COVID-19 vaccination with booster or approved exemption and compliance with COVID-19 related policies are required as a condition of employment at Williams.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

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