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This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science. The position is located in Rudolph Hall.
Oversee the operation and maintenance of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences’ new Climate and Paleoclimate Laboratory, which is mainly dedicated to organic and stable isotope geochemistry of environmental samples (e.g. sediments, waters, and rocks). The laboratory’s primary analyses will include lipid biomarkers as well as bulk and compound-specific stable isotopic analyses (hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen) using isotope ratio mass spectrometry and cavity ring-down spectroscopy.
The laboratory manager will be responsible for fixing and troubleshooting instruments and peripherals, overseeing inventory and billing, maintaining and developing new methods and techniques, training students and other laboratory personnel, and overseeing laboratory safety. The successful candidate will be expected to interact closely with faculty and will have opportunities for engaging in research projects, public outreach, and occasional fieldwork.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Install, operate, maintain, repair, and troubleshoot laboratory equipment and instruments, which include a gas chromatograph with flame ionization detector, a continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometer with peripherals (gas chromatograph and elemental analyzer), a cavity ring-down spectroscopic analyzer, accelerated solvent extractor, organic geochemistry and sediment core preparation facilities, and relevant analytical software.
Manage laboratory budget (including purchasing, billing, and financial planning) and laboratory safety and compliance. Develop and implement laboratory policies, procedures, and protocols.
Orient, train, and supervise new students, postdocs, visitors, and collaborators on laboratory methods, policies and procedures.
Develop and perform geochemical analyses in the laboratory, including sample preparation. Maintain well-developed methods and techniques, and develop new techniques as necessary.
Assist in building, maintaining, and preparing field equipment for deployment. Equipment includes meteorological, limnological, hydrological, and sediment coring devices. Occasional assistance with fieldwork, mainly locally.
Assist with analysis and interpretation of data. Pursue independent research projects as desired.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in earth sciences, chemistry, biology, or related field, and 2 years of experience with analytical instrumentation, methods, and maintenance.
Master’s or Ph.D. in related field, or equivalent hands-on experience operating or maintaining analytical instrumentation, performing laboratory analyses, and analyzing data using relevant software.
Experience conducting environmental field measurements.
Experience conducting biomarker, stable isotopic, or biogeochemical laboratory analyses.
Experience managing students or other personnel in a research setting.
Experience using standard statistical approaches for generating, calibrating, and reporting laboratory data.
Demonstrated interest in paleoclimatic, climatic, or hydrologic processes.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Application review will begin December 1 and will continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date around March 2018.
The hiring range for this position is 37,401.00 - $50,485.50 annually.
The laboratory operates 24 hours a day, so the ability to work on call in case of emergency is required (expected frequency ~once a month). This position involves working with hazardous chemicals, including organic solvents and acids. Working with chemicals will take place in fume hoods in order to ensure safety, and EHS protocols will be strictly followed. Instrument room has moderate noise level due to vacuum pumps; ear protection will be available to all users.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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