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Become a Judge at Ga State Science and Engineering Fair

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Unfortunately, I will need to cancel my participation as a judge this year. I will instead be meeting with Microsoft and other potential partners to discuss ABEST programming and hopefully secure some funding. I will very likely be sitting face-to-face with Microsoft while the Science, Engineering fair takes place. I would very much like to be able to tell Microsoft that there are ABEST members judging Middle and High School science and engineering projects at that very moment.

I participated in this activity last year. It was a wonderful experience. It also led to a fair amount of fresh professional contacts. I encourage all who can get away on a Friday to consider volunteering to judge these projects for middle school and high school students, at the Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair, on the campus of UGA.

If you have already utilized the links below to register as a judge, please click the RSVP link on our meetup page so we know you are going.

Thanks for your consideration.

Malcus Richards


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Life Science Bilingual Technical Support Specialist – International Sales Dept.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments is one of the largest suppliers of analytical instrumentation, physical testing, and environmental monitoring systems in the world. Our products include Gas Chromatographs, Liquid Chromatographs, Mass Spectrometers, Total Organic Carbon Analyzers, UV-Vis Spectrometers, Fluorescence, Atomic Absorption, IR, X-Ray, and Universal Testing Machines. In 1975, SSI Corporate Headquarters was established in Columbia, Maryland and we currently have nine regional offices coast to coast.

Corporate Mission Statement:

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments will be recognized as the leader of Analytical Measurement while providing for a better quality of life.

Quality People: Our most important asset. Involvement, teamwork, a commitment to excellence and fairness are the values that govern our work.

Quality Products: Our products must always satisfy the needs of our customers through innovative design and unsurpassed reliability.

Quality Service: Our commitment to customer support is essential for customer satisfaction.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments believes that each employee contributes directly to the growth and success of the organization and, therefore, is continuously on the search for extraordinary talent.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments is currently seeking a Life Science Bilingual Technical Support Specialist to work in our Columbia, MD location supporting our International Sales Department. This is an exciting opportunity to work with high-end Life Science instrumentation and support a growing international team. Job details are as follows:

Position Summary:

The individual in this position is responsible for providing Life Science/Mass Spec technical support for the assigned regions. Will assists on pre-sale and post-sale support of the MS products to include demonstration, sample analysis, seminars, installations, training customers and regional personnel and assisting customers with adapting methodology for our instruments. This position is required to assist the sales efforts by providing MS technical expertise to the SSI International territories and assigned region(s) customers and staff.

This position's primary focus is to provide technical expertise for the selling effort of the international department.

Additional Functions:

Demonstrations and assist with MS sales calls. Promotion of all Life Science products. Provide sample analysis and adapt customer methodology with our instrumentation. Assist the region in achieving customer satisfaction with assigned products. Manage and maintain the regional MS demonstration inventory. Create and present regional and customer training (and seminars) as the regional expert for the MS products. Must be capable of independent preparation of samples, sample analysis and interpretation of results, and report generation. Assist the Analytical Latin America Business Manager as necessary. Must Travel as required, which includes weekends and overnight travel, by car and by plane. Travel can vary by International Territories from 20% to in excess of 50%. Valid USA passport is required. Desired Skills and Experience Knowledge Requirements:




Training Methods

Report Preparation

Organizational Skills

Instrument Maintenance

Laboratory Equipment

LC/GC-MS Instrumentation

Analytical Chemistry

Customer Relations

Communication Skills

Bilingual – English/Spanish

Education and/or Experience:

Incumbent is required to have a bachelor’s degree, in Analytical Chemistry (or a closely related field), coupled with five or more years’ experience in LC/GC MS or equivalent aggregate experience. It is required that the incumbent be bilingual in both English/Spanish (speaking and writing). A Master Degree or Ph.D., with intensive dissertation research in an LC/GC MS area of laboratory experience is an acceptable substitute for the five year experience requirement.

Verifiable competency in GC/LC MS, excellent presentation and communication skills are required.

To apply, please visit our employment website (

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

About this company
Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) is the American subsidiary of Shimadzu Corporation. SSI was established in 1975 in Columbia, MD as a distribution center providing analytical solutions to a wide range of laboratories and lab services providers in the Americas. Today, SSI’s focus has expanded greatly beyond distribution. Steady and controlled growth has seen the opening of nine regional offices across the United States, with technical specialists, service and sales engineers situated throughout the country; a state-of-the-art Customer Training and Education Center, which serves as the primary educational facility for our customers; Shimadzu U.S.A. Manufacturing, which supplies HPLC, GCMS, and other high-tech products to the U.S. market; and, most recently, a Life Science Applications Laboratory at the Northern California office (Pleasanton, Calif.). Our instruments are used by researchers in all 50 states and we count as customers some of the leading institutions in the country, as well as academic research universities and a long list of local, state, and federal government laboratories.