One Laboratory Technician position with experience in Synthetic Organic Chemistry - [ Technical ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 14/11/2018 - Expires on: 07/01/2019

One Laboratory Technician position is available within the Asymmetric Catalysis and Photochemistry (ACP) Line in the research laboratories of Dr. Paolo Melchiorre (more info at  

Job description 

The Laboratory Technician in the Asymmetric Catalysis and Photochemistry (ACP) Laboratory is responsible for the regular maintenance and running of the lab equipment (in synthesis, spectroscopy, and chromatography) and for the purchase of new lab equipment and chemicals. Overall lab supervision, with great emphasis on safety management, is a core task. Also the introduction of (PhD) students to novel equipment is part of the tasks. An active attitude in keeping up with new developments in organic synthesis is important.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1 - Coordinate Health and Safety (H&S) matters

  • Ensure Health & Safety compliance for all operations and spaces in the laboratory of Asymmetric Catalysis and Photochemistry (ACP Lab).
  • Oversee storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals
  • Ensure that the ACP Lab is compliant on all risk assessments and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) forms, and that all other relevant documentation is completed and maintained
  • Ensure that relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used where appropriate

2 - Provide general technical support for all ACP Lab activities:

  • Carry out day-to-day maintenance of laboratory equipment e.g. balances, vacuum pumps, HPLC & GC-Mass instrumentation, UltraPerformance Convergence Chromatography (UPC2).
  • Maintain general laboratory supplies and stocks e.g. solvents, chemicals, vials
  • Ensure general tidiness in the laboratories
  • Supervise users when working in the laboratories

3 - Maintain ACP Lab databases:

  • Maintain databases of equipment, chemicals etc.
  • Maintain data libraries and databases associated with instrumentation
  • Use of booking and finance tool (SAP) for purchasing chemicals and equipment.

4 - Coordinate and oversee IIT contractors and engineers for purchasing the instrumentation or infrastructure of the ACP Lab.

Person Specifications

Qualifications - Completed a Bachelor or Master degree (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry or related scientific discipline.


  • Significant experience in synthetic laboratory work.
  • Knowledge of Laboratory specific Health & Safety matters
  • An interest in Organic Chemistry and Photochemistry
  • Knowledge of a range of analytical techniques (mass spectrometry, HPLC/UPLC chromotography methods and control software)
  • Previous experience of maintaining electronic and/or vacuum equipment.


  • Excellent organizational skills and attitude for problem-solving
  • Professional proficiency in English
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Good communicator and able to instruct others, especially students from a variety of different cultures.
  • Ability to work with efficiency and accuracy while prioritizing workload.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and chemical drawing software
  • Willingness to learn new skills.

Salary and benefits will be competitive for international standards.

Please send your CV, a letter detailing your motivation for the application, and the name of one referee to and quoting “Laboratory Technician position CB 76120”

Please apply before 7th of January, 2019

IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created a large scale infrastructure in Genova, a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide, recruited an international staff of about 1100 people from more than 50 countries. IIT's research endeavour focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible applications from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nanomaterials.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce

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Asymmetric Catalysis and Photochemistry


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Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

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In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

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