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Assistant Chemistry

Orem, UT
October 21, 2019

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Jessica M. Higgs

Analytical Chemistry


Ph.D. – Analytical Chemistry, 2017

Brigham Young University Provo, UT

Dissertation: “Ion Trajectory Simulations and Design Optimization of Toroidal Ion Mass Spectrometers”

Advisor: Daniel E. Austin

B.S. – Chemistry, 2011

Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT

Emphasis: Forensics


Consultant 2018-2019

Brigham Young University

Programmed and ran simulations of ion motion in an FT-ICR cell with two background gas collision models in preparation for a grant proposal using SIMION 8.0. Trained graduate students in programming SIMION simulations. Research Assistant 2011-2017

Brigham Young University

Designed three custom toroidal ion trap mass

spectrometers, simulated ion motion in three existing toroidal ion trap designs, compared performance of toroidal ion traps with simulations, determined optimized geometry of toroidal ion traps by comparing simulations of 36 variations of electrode shapes. Presented research at four conferences on mass spectrometry.

Water Lab Analyst 2010-2011

Southern Utah University

Receive water samples and performed standard chemical and biological tests. Analyzed samples for six different tests and reported results.


Looking to utilize analytical chemistry skills

including mass spectrometry.


Laboratory Instructor 2018

Utah Valley University

− Principles of Chemistry Laboratory

Teaching Assistant 2011-2017

Brigham Young University

− General Chemistry

− Principles of Chemical Analysis

− Intro to Bio-Organic Chemistry

− Instrumental Analysis Lecture & Lab

− Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry:

Mass Spectrometry


American Chemical Society


American Society of Mass Spectrometry

2014, 2016


217 W Garden Park

Orem, Utah 84057



− "Field Optimization of Toroidal Ion Trap Mass Analyzers using Toroidal Multipoles” J. M. Higgs, S. A. Lammert, K. F. Warnick, D. E. Austin. Int. J. Mass Spectrom., vol. 425, pp. 10-15. 2018.

− "Radiofrequency trapping of ions in a pure toroidal potential distribution” J. M. Higgs, B. V. Petersen, S. A. Lammert, K. F. Warnick, D. E. Austin. Int. J. Mass Spectrom., vol. 395, pp. 20-26. 2016.

− "Simulations of Ion Motion in Toroidal Ion Traps” J. M. Higgs, D. E. Austin.Int. J. Mass Spectrom., vol. 363, pp. 40-51. 2014.

− "Chaotic motion of single ions in a toroidal ion trap mass analyzer" A. Li, J. M. Higgs, D. E. Austin.Int. J. Mass Spectrom., vol. 421, pp. 95-103. 2017.

− "How Far Can Ion Trap Miniaturization Go? Parameter Scaling and Space-Charge Limits for Very Small Cylindrical Ion Traps”

Y. Tian,J. Higgs, A. Li, B. Barney, D. E. Austin.J. Mass Spectrom., vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 233-240. 2014. LEADERSHIP & VOLUNTEERING

Southern Utah University Special Olympics Club 2008-2011 Founder/President

Organized approximately 15 volunteers to assist and participate in Special Olympic competitions for six sports.

BYU Vintage Swing Dance Club 2014-2017

Scheduling Representative

Worked as a member of the club committee to organize and schedule weekly dance socials and lessons. Also provided music and instruction for dances.

The Salt Licks Swing Dance Troupe 2017-present

Performing Member

Educating and entertaining about vintage swing dances from the 1930’s-40’s Jazz Era through performance of choreographed routines.

International Student Volunteers 2009


Improved the ecology center in Puerto el Morro, Ecuador. Taught English classes. Labored in the construction of structures for livestock.

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