Research scientist to work as a lab technician in a new isotope geochemistry/ocean acidification group in the School of Oceanography, University of Washington. The lab uses a suite of geochemical techniques to study biomineralization in coral and foraminifera, with applications in ocean acidification and paleoceanography. The research scientist will prepare carbonate or seawater samples (column chemistry, isotope-dilution, making thin sections, micromilling, etc.) and analyze the samples by mass spectrometry (on a Nu Plasma MC-ICP-MS and/or a new SF-ICP-MS). Additional responsibilities include saltwater aquarium upkeep, analytical methods development, co-supervising undergraduate research interns, working closely with graduate students and postdocs, data reduction, maintaining lab records, training new users, and lab/instrument maintenance. The job may also involve occasional multi-day research trips to use NanoSIMS, atom probe tomography, or other instruments at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Richland, WA. More information about research in the Gagnon Lab can be found online: http://faculty.washington.edu/gagnon/
Ideal qualifications include a M.S. or B.S./B.A. in geochemistry, chemistry, earth sciences, or related discipline. Two or more years of experience operating mass-spectrometers (MC-ICP-MS and/or TIMS) and preparing samples in a clean lab setting is preferred, but exceptionally motivated applicants with a strong quantitative/analytical background will also be considered. Familiarity with Matlab is also a plus. The candidate should be detail oriented, easy to work with, highly motivated, and interested in mastering new techniques. This is a one-year position and is contingent upon continued funding for an additional year. Start date is somewhat negotiable between July and September 2013.
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