The School of Oceanography at the University of Washington seeks a full-time research scientist to operate and manage an isotope ratio mass spectrometry facility under the direction of Professors Paul Quay and Gordon Holtgrieve. Typical projects include carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen isotope analysis of dissolved inorganic carbon, dissolved gases (CO2, O2, Ar), particulate organic matter, and compound-specific analysis of lipids and amino acids using both dual inlet and continuous flow methods. The University of Washington is part of a thriving research community in the cosmopolitan city of Seattle, which is set between the majestic Cascades and Puget Sound.
The School of Oceanography has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Engineer 2. The purpose of the position is to oversee the operation of a Stable Isotope Laboratory (SIL) in the School of Oceanography. The SIL has been in existence for more than 30 years. It is heavily used by faculty and students in the School. The SIL is a primary center for chemical oceanography research and graduate and undergraduate student teaching. As the manager of the SIL, the person in this position is a primary component necessary for achieving these research and teaching goals.
Core responsibilities center around maintaining operation of existing complex research instruments (several mass spectrometers), developing sample preparation methods, instructing new users (mainly students) in operation of instruments and preparation methods and occasionally participating in field work (oceanographic cruises). Specific duties include:
Perform carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen isotope analysis of dissolved inorganic carbon, dissolved gases (CO2, O2, Ar), particulate organic matter, and compound-specific analysis of lipids and amino acids using both dual inlet and continuous flow methods. This includes sample selection, preparation, methodology development.
Manage complex research instrument operation and maintenance (two ThermoFisher 253s and a DELTA V isotope ratio mass spectrometers, Agilent 5890 GC, Picarro CRDS, and Pfeiffer Prisma quadrupole mass spectrometer) including instrument calibration, repair and modification.
Research laboratory maintenance including purchase of lab consumables and equipment, maintaining inventory of consumables, maintenance of lab records, training and supervising users (mainly students), data processing, and quality control.
Participate in field work (oceanographic cruises) typically 1 month per year with duties involving installation and operation of instruments and sample collection.
Participate in writing publications, attending and participating in research conferences and methods development (new and/or modifying/improvement of existing methods).
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website,
Bachelor's degree in geochemistry, chemistry, experimental physics, earth sciences, or a related discipline and 2-3 years of experience; a graduate degree is highly desirable. The candidate must be organized, detail oriented, independent and accustomed to working with multiple users of varying skill levels. Experience with isotope ratio mass spectrometer operation and sample preparation is required, while previous experience with analytic organic chemistry using gas chromatography is strongly preferred. The ability to master Matlab, R, and/or Python and applications like LabView for data processing and instrument control is highly valued. Experience with electronics or building laboratory instrumentation is also a plus.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
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