Tenured/Tenure Track Facility Manager
W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry

The W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry ( is announcing the opening of a tenure track/tenured Facility Manager Position (11 months; $75,000) starting as early as March 15, 2019. The duties and responsibilities include:

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

2.   To request biannually user proposals from the scientific community by disseminating open calls in electronic newsletters of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

3.   To coordinate merit reviews and allocate experimental time to successful proposals.

4.   To design and to conduct in collaboration with (inter)national and local faculty member scientists scientific, postdoctoral fellows, and students experiments in the W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry.

5.   To disseminate in collaboration with (inter)national and local scientists the results from the experiments in peer-reviewed journals.

6.   To maintain the W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry such as lasers, cryosystems, and pumping systems.

7.   To modify existing research instruments to add capabilities that extend the usefulness of the instrument and the laser systems.

8.   Responsible for inventory management (chemicals, vacuum components) related to the W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry.

9.   To co-organize a biannual ‘Laboratory Astrophysics Workshop’ for current and prospective users to be promoted via the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

10.   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.

Application Information

To Apply: Submit a cover letter indicating how you satisfy each of the qualifications, names of 3 professional references and Ph.D. certificate to the address below. Send application materials as single PDF file attachments to

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