About the Position: This is a part-time (.70 FTE) position.
The primary roles of this position will be to train, supervise, and assist students, faculty, and visitors in the operation of the Pacific NW Paleomagnetism Lab for geoscience applications, to collaborate with faculty and students on research projects, to develop and pursue projects and proposals for external funding, and to refine and develop laboratory methods and procedures for geoscience applications of paleomagnetism and rock magnetism.
About the College/Department: Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the Cascade mountain range. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 201 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department: The College of Science and Engineering and the Geology Department support Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
Work with faculty, students, and external collaborators to develop and complete research projects in paleomagnetism and rock magnetism, including proposals for external research, graduate and undergraduate student research projects; work includes field projects to collect samples, subsequent laboratory work and data analysis
Operate and maintain the various laboratory instruments and computers in the Paleomagnetism Lab, work with other staff and instrument specialists to improve, modify, replace, or recondition instruments and experimental apparatus; manage computer software, hardware, and data storage/analysis/management for laboratory users
Instruct students, visitors, and collaborating faculty and staff in operation of laboratory equipment and software, and application of scientific methodology to research problems and teaching examples; work with lab users to optimize and develop techniques for application of paleomagnetic/rock magnetic methods for their specific project goals
Develop, modify, or coordinator data/analysis software to optimize the operation of laboratory equipment and analysis of paleomagnetic and rock magnetic data
Conduct independent research in paleomagnetism/rock magnetism, direct, and/or supervise graduate/undergraduate student and external collaborations in research projects
Additional job functions (for Ph.D hire only)
Maintain an externally funded independent research program in his/her discipline
Teach a geology/geophysics/materials science methods course based on Paleomagnetism Lab instruments
Service, CSE technical committees and/or AMSEC member
M.S. in geophysics/geoscience or related science
Minimum 2 years of experience operating and maintaining paleomagnetic/rock magnetic laboratory instrumentation
Experience performing data collection and analysis for paleomagnetism/rock-magnetism research
Experience conducting independent geoscience/geophysical research
Appropriate software/computer skills, including programming experience
Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with a diverse student body
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ph.D. in geophysics/geoscience or related science
Several years of experience managing and operating paleomagnetic/rock-magnetic laboratory equipment
Ability to develop and externally funded research program and interest to work with other WWU faculty, staff and students, and to recruit and maintain external collaborations
Experience with data management and quality control
A geoscience publication record in paleomagnetic/rock-magnetic applications, analyses and/or methodologies
Experience teaching and training laboratory users and external visitors, including course/instructional experience in geophysics/paleomagnetism/rock-magnetism
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouv...er, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.