Job Description As a Laser Ablation MC-ICPMS Isotope Geochemist you will: - Analyze astromaterial samples and analogs. - Develop analytical techniques based on detailed understanding of laser ablation methods for both elemental and isotopic analysis. - Utilize contamination minimization and clean techniques. - Prepare samples and perform analyses for both laser ablation MC-ICPMS and laser ablation ICPMS, develop analytical techniques, and provide general support for isotope lab users including the procurement and inventory of supplies and laboratory equipment. - Validate, summarize and communicate quantitative results. - Meticulously document procedures and results, and actively participate in safety programs. - Work with in-house as well as visiting researchers on all aspects of experimentation and analysis. - Actively pursue collaborations and development of projects within and outside the department. - Perform other duties as required. Qualifications - Required Education/Experience/Skills:
This position is posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidates experience, requirements and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised. - BS degree from an accredited college or university in an associated technical discipline and four (4) years related experience, or MS degree in an associated technical discipline with two (2) years of related experience, or Ph.D. in an associated technical discipline. - Experience working in laboratory environment preparing samples as outlined in the job description above, conducting experiments, summarizing results, preparing reports for internal and external use, writing abstracts for submission to national and international meetings, and contributing to the preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. - Experience running and maintaining optimal performance of a LA-MC-ICPMS system is required. - Must have knowledge of the theory and practice of elemental and isotopic analyses of geologic samples and data reduction. - Good computer skills are essential. - Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills. Preferences:
- A graduate degree and at least two years of relevant laboratory experience is highly preferred. The most competitive candidates will demonstrate previous experience with laboratory management and leadership. - Experience and desire to develop novel sample analysis procedures particularly on the MC-ICPMS. - Experience minimizing instrument mass bias for precise and accurate stable isotope measurements. - Experience making measurements for radiogenic dating. - Experience with femtosecond lasers is highly desired. - Experience with supporting other lab users as well as a record of technique development and innovation is strongly desired. - Experience with astromaterials, and generally irreplaceable samples is highly preferred. - Experience with clean laboratory sample preparation is a plus. - The most competitive candidates will have demonstrated the ability to author scientific papers, are active members of the geochemistry and/or cosmochemisry science communities, and will also contribute broadly across research topics within the Science Department and ARES Research. - Excellent personal and professional career growth - 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off) - Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch) - Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision) - 401(k) - Tuition Reimbursement - Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation - Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised Essential Functions
Work Environment Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task. Physical Requirements Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs (5% of time). Equipment and Machines
Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.). Attendance
Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required. Other Essential Functions
Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.
Associated topics: earth, earth science, environment, geochemist, geodynamic, geography, hydrogeologist, hydrologist, oil, planetary magnetospher