Research Specialist/Laboratory Manager position for the Stable Isotope Laboratory for Earth and Environmental Science Research at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science. This facility currently houses two IsoPrime mass spectrometers (one dedicated continuous flow and one dedicated dual inlet instrument) and associated peripheral devices (Trace Gas, EuroVector TC/EA, Multi-Prep, and Gilson autosamplers). Primary research objectives include the application of innovative stable isotope tracers (N, O, C, S) of hydrological, atmospheric, and biological interactions, reactive nitrogen isotope tracers in environmental systems. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 1) the operation, maintenance, and repair of instrumentation; 2) the training and supervision of students, laboratory assistants, and other users; 3) data reduction, maintenance of laboratory quality control and sample tracking databases; 4) cost center operations including external customer correspondence, invoicing, and reporting; and 5) oversight and assistance with sample preparation. Additionally, preference will be given to candidates with experience conducting nitrate isotope analyses using the microbial denitrifier method. The successful candidate will have, at a minimum, a B.S. degree in geosciences or a related field, and 3 years experience with light stable isotope ratio mass spectrometers and peripherals. Candidates with a graduate degree in a relevant discipline and at least 3 years experience with multiple preparation devices will be given preference. Successful candidates will be highly motivated, attentive to detail, and possess excellent organizational skills.
Minimum Related Experience Level Required
3-5 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
BS degree in Geology/Geosciences required.
Child Protection Clearances
The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Scheduled Work Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:
Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match
Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance
Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)
Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time
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