Lab Manager in Organic and Trace Metal Geochemistry
University of Colorado Boulder
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Profs. Julio Sepúlveda and Tom Marchitto are seeking a full-time laboratory manager to oversee the Organic Geochemistry and Trace Metal Labs in the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Both labs are housed in the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Laboratory (SEEL) building, a thriving hub of Earth scientists, biologists, ecologists, and environmental engineers. The starting date is flexible, although Fall 2022 is preferred, and the appointment split will be 60% with PI Sepúlveda and 40% with PI Marchitto.
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with excellent communication and organizational skills to oversee instrumentation in gas and liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-QQQ-MS and HPLC-Orbitrap MS), and magnetic sector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Our research groups investigate organic and inorganic chemical signatures in both modern and ancient sedimentary systems to address key questions in oceanography, biogeochemistry, paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, and geobiology. The initial appointment will be for two years with the possibility of renewal pending evaluation.
Primary responsibilities will include (a) daily operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of analytical instrumentation, (b) laboratory oversight, including the ordering, inventory, storage, and maintenance of laboratory supplies, © training of lab personnel, (d) sample preparation and analysis, and (e) method development.
Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, engineering, or related fields, at least one year of demonstrated experience with the operation and maintenance of mass spectrometers and peripherals, and ability to train and supervise students, post-docs, and research staff in laboratory methods.
Preferred qualifications include a master’s or PhD in the Earth sciences (or natural sciences, engineering, or related fields) with a passion for research, more than two years of hands-on experience with the operation, maintenance, standardization of methods and quality control protocols for GC-MS, HPLC-MS and/or ICP-MS, and experience with lipidomics and/or trace element research. Coding experience is desirable.
Applications are accepted electronically in the link below and must include: (a) a letter of interest with a detailed description of previous lab and managerial experience, (b) curriculum vitae, and © the names and contact information of three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin in mid-September and will be accepted until the position is filled.