Working directly with visiting researchers, training them in specimen prep, instrument usage, experimental protocols, and data processing/analysis/interpretation as needed. The IRM Visiting Fellows program annually brings 15-20 scientists from institutions worldwide to our facility for intensive 10-day research visits, and our Guest Researchers program generally accounts for an additional 100-150 visitor-days per year in shorter stays. The US Student Fellows program involves extensive one-on-one interaction with young researchers, integrating education and research. The IRM has 12 major research instruments, and visiting scientists in all of the categories listed above commonly need technical assistance in various aspects of their use, as well as higher-level support in experimental design and analysis of results. (25%)
Managing facility finances and administration of the IRM Visiting Fellows Program and Guest Researchers Program. Visiting Fellows are selected via a competitive proposal process (see #3 below), and are awarded $4000 from facility operational funds to cover a portion of their travel costs and to offset some or all of the instrument-usage fees charged to Guest Researchers and other facility users. The IRM facility manager advertises Visiting Fellowship application procedures and deadlines; receives Fellowship proposals and distributes them for review; tabulates evaluations and meets with IRM faculty and staff to select Fellows; coordinates the schedules of visiting researchers; and handles the billing and travel reimbursements, as appropriate, for facility users. (10%)
Participating with IRM's faculty and staff in extramural funding proposals and with IRM’s external Review and Advisory Committee (RAC) in strategic planning and in evaluation of Visiting Fellow proposals. Facility operations are funded by 3-year or 5-year grants from the Instruments and Facilities Program at NSF. Additional support for instrument acquisition and for the Santa Fe Conferences (see #4 below) requires additional proposal submissions. The IRM facility manager collaborates with IRM faculty and staff in writing these proposals (on average one per year) and assembling supplementary information; this is in addition to separate proposals for funding specific research projects. Strategic planning for the facility involves regular meetings with the external Review and Advisory Committee, biennially on-site and more frequently in conjunction with professional-society meetings like AGU and the Santa Fe conferences on rock magnetism. (10%)
Co-organizing the biennial (odd years) Santa Fe Conference on Rock Magnetism and the biennial (even years) International Summer School in Rock Magnetism. Santa Fe conference organizing, in collaboration with IRM faculty and staff and with some input from the RAC, begins with selection of themes/topics for the keynote and working sessions, and enlisting of chairs/conveners to help in putting together the individual sessions; and inviting speakers for each of the sessions. The IRM facility manager is also responsible for coordinating with personnel at the meeting venue (most often St John’s College in Santa Fe) on rooming, meals, and conference-room needs; for making arrangements for a group field trip; for handling travel reimbursements for keynote and other invited speakers. Organization of the Summer School involves getting a registration site set up and collecting registration fees; collaborating on development of the lecture and lab curriculum; making on-campus housing arrangements for the students; and processing student travel awards funded by AGU. (15%)
Facility infrastructural support. Reconfiguring and recalibrating instruments as needed for particular measurements; liquid helium transfers and other routine instrument maintenance; software support, database development and programming. The IRM facility database provides secure archival of all measurement data, as well as a variety of software tools for data processing and analysis. (25%)
Research and synergistic activities. Carrying out independent research in rock- and mineral magnetism, presenting results at professional society meetings and publishing in peer-reviewed journals; reviewing proposals for NSF and other funding agencies and reviewing articles for scientific journals; serving on dissertation committees. (15%)
Required qualifications: Minimum of MS degree in geophysics, geology, physics, or related fields with 6 years work related experience or Ph.D. in rock- or paleomagnetism, or related fields (e.g. geophysics, geology, physics) and 3 years of experience.
Preferred qualifications: Ph.D. in rock- or paleomagnetism, or related fields (e.g. geophysics, geology, physics) is preferred, but exceptional candidates with a M.S. in same fields and commensurate experience will also be considered.
Internal Number: 328647
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