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University of California, Los Angeles
March 2007


Class Specifications – I.25
Spectroscopist - 9520



Under general direction, incumbents plan and apply varied physical and physical-chemical methods such as nuclear magnetic spectroscopy, x-ray fluorescence, electron microprobe and x-ray diffraction to the solution of medical, biological, radiochemical, geological, physical and chemical research problems; and perform other related duties as required.

Spectroscopists may perform or direct Staff Research Associates in the analysis and solution of difficult research problems such as developing and applying methods for the determination of the distribution and interrelationship of trace elements in biological systems, and the molecular structure of mixtures of organic compounds; develop methods and equipment; provide consultation on the application of spectroscopic techniques to scientific problems; and train technicians in spectroscopic techniques, including reviewing and interpreting their results.

Spectroscopy positions are distinguished from positions in the Staff Research Associate series in that incumbents apply a highly specialized knowledge of one or more phases of spectroscopy in the development of new methods of chemical analysis and in the development of equipment and methods for the solution of analytical problems including computer control of equipment and computer processing of data. Spectroscopists serve as technical experts, providing professional consultation on both a theoretical and practical level to researchers.


A Master’s degree in physics or physical chemistry and three years of experience in physical-chemical instrumentation work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.