[ES_JOBS_NET] Staff Research Associate at UC Merced: Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry

Jessica Blois jblois at ucmerced.edu
Mon Nov 28 22:59:37 MST 2016

Staff Research Associate: Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry
Position Code: SOR7128A

University of California, Merced is currently searching for an experienced
individual familiar with isotope ratio mass spectrometry is sought for a
yearly contract position at the University of California Merced. The person
chosen for the position will be responsible for the operation and
maintenance of two gas source isotope ratio mass spectrometers including a
gas chromatographic system, an elemental analyzer, a carbonate analyzer,
and a thermo-chemolysis system. These instruments and the associated
laboratory will be operated as a recharge facility under the Office of
Research and Economic Development. The successful applicant will work with
graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduate students in a very active
research environment strongly linked to education. The successful applicant
will need to have 3+ years of hands on experience using stable isotope
instrumentation, experience supervising undergraduates, and a record of
understanding complex instrumentation. The successful applicant will assist
faculty and students in designing experiments and sampling schemes to best
utilize the power of stable-isotope techniques. She/he will also assist
faculty and staff in the analyses and interpretation of stable isotope
data. The stable isotope laboratory built in 2015 is located in the Science
and Engineering building on the main campus and is part of the Life and
Environmental Sciences academic unit (
http://naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu/earth-systems-science). UC Merced leads
the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory, manages two UC Natural
Reserves, and is involved in the Environmental Systems and Quantitative
Systems Biology graduate programs.

   - Bachelor’s degree in science in the fields of ecology, chemistry,
   environmental science, or earth science is required.
   - A Master’s or Ph.D.preferred.
   - Experience at data assurance and quality control in analytical
   measurements preferred.
   - Knowledge of and experience in the operation and maintenance of two
   gas source isotope ratio mass spectrometers including a gas chromatographic
   system, an elemental analyzer, a carbonate analyzer, and a
   thermo-chemolysis system required.
   - Solid leadership skills associated with planning work assignments,
   establishing priorities and scheduling instructional space required.
   - Solid interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working
   relationships with students, faculty and staff required.
   - Knowledge of data acquisition and analysis techniques required.
   - Advanced knowledge of stable isotope chemistry research discipline or
   instructional design to collaborate effectively with faculty and function
   as a resource to research and instructional associates required.
   - Strong abilities to conduct and report on scientific experiments and
   findings required.
   - Knowledge of necessary lab safety procedures & requirements & chemical
   disposal guidelines required.

Apply Online:

The University of California 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, age or protected veteran status.


Assistant Professor
School of Natural Sciences
University of California, Merced

Office: SE1 296
Phone: (209) 228-2256
Email: jblois at ucmerced.edu
Web: http://jessicablois.com
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