[ES_JOBS_NET] Stable Isotope Lab manager, Rice University deadline 8/15

Stable Isotope Lab Manager

The Department of Earth Science at Rice University seeks a full-time, hard money lab manager for our new stable isotope lab under the direction of Profs. Laurence Yeung and Cin-Ty Lee.

The lab currently houses three mass spectrometers, specifically:

  • Thermo Scientific Delta V Plus isotope ratio mass spectrometer for conventional stable isotope analysis (CHONS), with dual inlet, GasBench II interface, and Elemental Analyzer (Thermo Flash HT Plus)
  • Two high-resolution Nu Instruments Perspective isotope ratio mass spectrometers for clumped isotope analysis (O2 and CO2/carbonates), with house-built sample preparation lines

Additional equipment will be added in the coming years as the laboratory expands its capabilities.

Primary responsibilities include: Maintaining mass spectrometers and vacuum equipment; troubleshooting and repair of analytical methodologies and instruments; data reduction and quality control; development and testing of new laboratory methodologies; training of students and postdocs; upkeep and enforcement of laboratory safety standards and protocols; management of laboratory supplies, orders, and invoicing.

Opportunities available include: Research proposal development (as Co-PI) in collaboration with faculty; individual and collaborative research; development of and participation in laboratory courses as instructor; development and refinement of analytical capabilities; professional development through short-course and conference attendance.

Minimum qualifications: M.S. in physics, chemistry, or a geoscience field with a minimum 1 year of hands-on experience maintaining mass spectrometers; computer skills, including some programming experience (e.g., Isodat, Labview, etc.); good oral and written communication skills.

Preferred qualifications: Ph.D. in an experimental physics, chemistry, or geoscience field with several years of experience maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing mass spectrometers; experience building custom lab equipment and custom electronics; experience with lab and recharge-center management. Interest in geoscience topics and approaches.

Applications must include a cover letter describing qualifications and experience, a CV, contact information for three references. Salary is on a 9-month basis and commensurate with experience, with the possibility of raising additional support through outside grants.

Please apply at Rice Works, Rice University’s online recruitment portal (posting #7661), and also send application materials in one PDF file to esci-search@rice.edu.  Rice University is an equal opportunity employer. Deadline for applications is Aug 15, 2016.

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