[ECOLOG-L] Laboratory Scientist Position


Northern Arizona University

There is an immediate opening for a Laboratory Scientist to install and operate an isotope
sample preparation laboratory. The operation of this laboratory requires knowledge and
familiarity of stable light isotope methodology, but the primary focus will be the analysis of
radiocarbon. The technician is expected to manage the day-to-day operations of the
radiocarbon preparation laboratory including the processing of environmental samples for
isotope analysis. Duties include installation and maintenance of specialized vacuum lines for
sample preparation, operation of specialized laboratory instrumentation, as well as the operation
of an accelerator mass spectrometer for radiocarbon analysis. In completing these duties, the
Laboratory Scientist will interact with and train students and workers in sample preparation
techniques. The Laboratory Scientist will also set up and operate laboratory analytical
equipment, conduct data analysis, and create data reports.

Preferred Qualifications:
– Experience with isotope ratio mass spectrometry
– Experience with accelerator mass spectrometry for radiocarbon analysis
– Experience with the analysis of small-volume samples
– Experience in determining data analysis methods and performing data analyses
– Experience with the installation, operation and maintenance of analytical laboratory equipment
– Experience following laboratory procedures, keeping good written records with strong attention
to detail, and working effectively under rigorous deadlines.
– Experience with desktop computers, databases and data analysis software applications
– Communication skills necessary to work effectively in a diverse research team environment,
and to document and report research results
– MS or preferably PhD in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences,
or other discipline related to the requirements for this position

Salary is commensurate with experience. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including
generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement
System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and
qualified dependents.

Please send cover letter including the names/contact of 3 references and CV to: Dr. Ted Schuur;
ted.schuur@nau.edu. Application review starting Mar. 15; position open until filled.

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