[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Scientist Position at UW Oceanography: Geochemistry/Plasma Source Mass Spectrometry
gagnon at uw.edu
Wed Aug 3 09:50:32 MDT 2016
The School of Oceanography at the University of Washington seeks a full-time research scientist to operate and manage a new plasma source mass spectrometry and laser ablation facility under the direction of Assistant Professor Alex Gagnon. The research scientist will be responsible for an Element2 ICP-MS, iCAP RQ Quadrupole ICP-MS, an Analyte G2 eximer laser system, and an associated clean room. Typical projects include trace element analysis of marine carbonates, otoliths, and seawater as well as high throughput zircon dating. The University of Washington is part of a thriving research community in the cosmopolitan city of Seattle, which is set between the majestic Cascades and Puget Sound.
Core responsibilities involve managing and supporting multiple ICP-MS-based projects simultaneously as part of a cost center; instrument upkeep; preparing samples and standards (isotope dilution, column chemistry, sample polishing, micromilling, etc.), instrumental analysis, maintaining lab records, training and supervising users, data processing, and quality control. Additional responsibilities include co-supervising undergraduate researchers, working closely with graduate students and postdocs, purchasing lab consumables/equipment, and analytical methods development. Opportunities for professional growth include the potential for participation in publications, conferences, and new methods development.
Required qualifications include a bachelors degree in geochemistry, chemistry, experimental physics, earth sciences, or a related discipline and 2-3 years of experience. The candidate must be organized, incredibly detail oriented, independent, tenacious, and easy for users to work with. The ability to master Matlab or Python and related tools like Iolite for data processing and organization is essential. Preferred qualifications include a Master or PhD in one of these fields. Experience operating plasma source mass-spectrometers and preparing samples in a clean lab setting is strongly preferred, but exceptional applicants with a strong quantitative/analytical background will also be considered. Experience with electronics or building laboratory instrumentation is also a plus.
This is a one-year position with the possibility of re-appointment in subsequent years contingent on performance and funding. Applications will be reviewed immediately for an expected start date as early as October 1, 2016. Please use the online system to submit 1) a resume and 2) a cover letter highlighting relevant technical experience, evidence of management capabilities, why the position fits your career goals and contact information for three references (2 page max). The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
1. Go to http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/apl/ and click on “Find a Job”
2. Search for the job by typing in Req# 135155
3. Click "Apply for this job" and follow the online instructions.
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Alexander C. Gagnon
School of Oceanography
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5351
+1 (206) 543-5627
gagnon at uw.edu
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