Laboratory Director of the X-ray Crystallography Facility (CheXray)

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California (US)
April 19 2017
Other, Other
Organization Type

The College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking a full-time (100%) fiscal-year Specialist (Step I-V). Laboratory Director of the X-ray Crystallography Facility (CheXray) is the working title and the expected start date is June 1, 2017 and no later than August 3, 2017.


About the College of Chemistry X-ray Crystallography Facility (CheXray):

The College of Chemistry consists of two departments: the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The X-ray Crystallography Facility (CheXray) is a research facility for the use of faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and well-supervised undergraduate researchers. The Laboratory Director provides engineering services and technical support to all users of X-ray equipment. The Laboratory Director is responsible for the effective operation of the facility, ensuring that the facility’s instrumentation, computers, electronic equipment, and engineering stations are maintained in state-of-the-art condition. The Laboratory Director reports to the Executive Associate Dean, who is responsible for long-term planning and oversight of the X-ray Crystallography Facility.




Specific responsibilities of the Laboratory Director of the X-ray Crystallography Facility include:

• Assisting in the operation of all X-ray diffractometers in the facility;

• Ensuring that the facility is open and available for access by users 24 hours per day, seven days per week;

• Maintaining strong liaisons with other X-ray laboratories and technology vendors;

• Interfacing with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory small molecule structure facility, which involves data collection using a synchrotron radiation source;

• Staying abreast of current technology and techniques in X-ray diffraction analysis;

• Attending one national meeting per year with a specific emphasis on crystallography;

• Taking part in the facility’s crystal structure analysis service operation, which, depending on the customer’s needs, may include obtaining and/or selecting X-ray quality crystals, mounting crystals, and conducting structural analysis;

• Promoting hands-on use by research workers by assisting them with their own structure analyses;

• Providing software and hardware training, answering questions, and offering assistance with the selection of crystals for mounting;

• Encouraging learning and scientific growth on the part of students;

• Providing courteous and professional consultative services to all users and service customers; and

• Managing the facility budget within the constraints of a research recharge operation.


In addition, the Director is expected to train students enrolled in X-ray Crystallography (Chem 208), under the guidance of the course instructor and teaching assistants, in the use of the instruments in the facility; this includes demonstrating the basics of X-ray diffraction data collection, crystal selection, crystal structure determination, and structure analysis.


Basic Qualifications:


Completion of all PhD or equivalent degree requirements in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, or related field except the dissertation at the time of application.


Additional Qualifications:


Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, or related field is required by the start date.


Preferred Qualifications:


PhD or equivalent degree by the start date, with at least two (2) years of postdoctoral research experience. Two (2) or more years of experience in the operation of X-ray diffractometers, crystal structure analysis, and powder diffraction analysis. Experience in managing an analytical user facility. Proficiency with UNIX operating systems, including basic system administration and networking.


Salary and Benefits:


The salary range for this full-time (100%) position is $69,708 to $106,716 plus benefits. Starting salary will commensurate with experience.


The university provides a comprehensive benefits program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance. For a complete guide on UC Health Benefits for staff, please visit:


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Applicants should submit their most updated curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and provide contact information for three (3) references.


Please address inquires to Christine Balolong, University of California, Berkeley,


Position will remain open until filled.


Diversity Statement:


The College of Chemistry is interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.


Family Friendly Statement:


UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.


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