Ocean Career: Laboratory Coordinator at the University of Arizona

The Tropical Climate & Coral Reefs Laboratory in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona is seeking a Laboratory Coordinator. Our laboratory uses natural archives of past climate—primarily from corals and lake systems—to study tropical climate variability and change.

The Tropical Climate and Coral Reefs Laboratory consists of three separate laboratories for (1) preparation of carbonate samples, (2) preparation of lake and marine sediment samples, and (3) trace elemental geochemistry. Our trace elemental clean laboratory houses an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (Thermo Element2 magnetic sector field ICP-MS, with ESI FAST autosampler), dedicated analysis of trace elemental ratios in marine carbonates (Sr/Ca, Mn/Ca, B/Ca, Li/Ca, Mg/Ca, Li/Mg), and trace metal concentrations in aqueous materials (primarily sea waters, digested sediments and sediment pore waters). We encourage candidates who will expand the lab’s research portfolio by developing new research projects and proposals. In addition to our geochemical facilities, candidates have the opportunity to contribute to research in the Biosphere 2 Ocean—the largest experimental ocean and coral reef in the world. https://biosphere2.org/research/model-system/reef-solutions-biosphere-2-ocean More information about our research group can be found here.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee daily operations, including sample preparation and analysis, data processing and quality control, instrument troubleshooting and repair.
  • Ensure a continuous flow of high quality geochemical data.
  • Supervise and train undergraduate student lab workers.
  • Assist and train graduate student researchers in the lab.
  • As needed, develop new analytical methods, coordinate field logistics, support group web page and data management.
  • Expand the lab’s research portfolio by helping to develop new research projects and proposals.
  • As time permits, and if employee chooses to do so, individual will be encouraged to lead own research in the lab and Biosphere 2 facility, with guidance from faculty.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required.

Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate (master’s or PhD) degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience
  • The ideal candidate has expertise in elemental analyses, diagnosing and repairing lab equipment, laboratory management, and standard lab safety protocols; is well-organized with attention to detail; and has strong interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Experience with similar ICP-MS equipment (i.e., Element 2 or other magnetic sector/sector field) and peripherals is particularly desirable

Position: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Benefits: Eligible for full benefits
Location: Tucson, Arizona

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