Institute of Marine Sciences: Organic Chemist (Open until filled; initial review of applications 5/12/2017)
Open date: December 19th, 2016
Last review date:May 12th, 2017 Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2018 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center (PCSMC), invites applications for the position of Project Scientist in organic geochemistry under the direction of Professor Matthew McCarthy (UCSC), in collaboration with Dr. Nancy Prouty. This position supports research aimed at understanding the cycling and transport for organic matter in the marine environment, in particular developing and applying organic biomarkers as tracers in biogeochemical cycles, and in understanding the impact of natural and human-induced environmental change in the present and past. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research and organic biomarker/organic isotope analyses that contribute to ongoing and future research projects. Some current examples include: deciphering changes in quality, quantity, and source of organic matter delivered to the deep-sea environment; characterization of the temporal and spatial distribution of organic matter in complex marine settings, to link physical processes to biology; application of compound-specific biomarkers in paleoclimate archives, including fire and tsunami histories; quantifying levels of organic contaminants to shallow coral reefs; and analysis of organics in degraded oil samples.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to laboratory operations in organic geochemistry laboratories, maintaining instrumentation at an operational level, and assisting scientific staff, students, and postdocs with analyses. The position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and working with a diverse number of researchers, research topics, students, and postdocs. The candidate will be expected to take the initiative to isolate and solve instrumentation problems independently, and have the ability to monitor safety in the laboratory, and work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to take an active role in assisting with data interpretation and publications.
RANK: Assistant to Associate Project Scientist
SALARY: Minimum: $54,800, commensurate with qualifications and experience
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD degree (or foreign equivalent) with specialization in organic geochemistry and/or chemical oceanography, or a related field/discipline. Demonstrated experience in organic geochemical lab techniques, including biomarker extraction and analysis from sedimentary and/or biogenic matter. Demonstrated experience with a range of organic geochemical analytical instruments, including mass spectrometry, gas and/or liquid chromatography.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preferred areas of expertise include: analyzing lipid biomarker classes (i.e., sterols, n-alkanes, and fatty acids), continuous flow organic compound-specific stable isotope analysis (CSIA), petrogenic hydrocarbon extraction, amino acid analysis and interpretation.
POSITION AVAILABLE: As soon as possible after closing.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of extension. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment, a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon availability of funding.
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application that addresses how you meet the basic qualifications, curriculum vitae, a research statement, names and contact information for 3 to 5 referees, and a sample (optional) of published material.* Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.
Refer to Position #JPF00421-17T in all correspondence. *All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on May 12 2017. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete, including the referees' names and contact information, by this date. The position will remain open until filled but not later than June 30, 2018.
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