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About the Department
The College of Science and Engineering and the Geology Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. 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.
About the Position
In this position your primary roles will be to train, supervise, and assist students, faculty, and visitors in the operation of the Laser-ablation ICP-MS for geoscience applications, to assist with similar duties in other geochemical facilities in the Geology Department, to refine and develop laboratory methods and procedures for geoscience applications in geochemistry, to collaborate with faculty and students on research projects, and to develop and pursue projects and proposals for external funding.
The LA-ICP-MS instrument is housed in the WWU Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC), and duties of this position include collaboration with AMSEC staff, faculty, and students, with opportunities to foster interdisciplinary research in the geosciences, materials science, and marine and environmental sciences.
This is a permanent, part-time (70% FTE, 12-month) position.
Typical duties include:
Oversee and assist geology students and faculty in the operation of the LA-ICP-MS
Assist and educate geology students and faculty in LA-ICP-MS data reduction and evaluation of data quality
Evaluate analytical quality and troubleshoot instrument problems
Assist and educate research users on sample preparation for LA-ICP-MS and geochemical instruments
Oversee undergraduate research and graduate research
Submit collaborative proposals to upgrade and advance the instrumentation
Serve as a PI or Co-PI on Dept proposals to conduct LA-ICP-MS research
M.S. in Geoscience or Physical Science
Minimum 1 year of experience operating or maintaining LA-ICP-MS instrumentation and performing data reduction for geological samples
Computer skills, including experience using LA-ICP-MS data reduction software
Ability and interest to work with other interdisciplinary programs in materials science and marine and environmental sciences
Ability or experience working effectively with diverse students, faculty, and staff.
Ph.D. in Geoscience
Several years of experience maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing LA-ICP-MS
Experience with data reduction routines and data quality control
Geoscience publication record with LA-ICP-MS analyses and/or methodologies
Good oral and written communication skills.
Experience with other geochemistry applications, such as stable isotopes or elemental analysis of C,N,S,H is desirable.
Starting salary range is $34,239-$38,044, commensurate with experience. Includes an excellent benefits package.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications, including your ability or experience working effectively with diverse students, faculty, and staff.
Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins June 10, 2019; position is open until filled.
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