Earth & Planetary Sciences: Resarch Specialist (Open until filled. Appy by 3/2/2020)
The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applicants for a Research Specialist. Under the direction of professor Q. Williams under the aegis of the Consortium for Materials Science Research in the Earth Sciences (COMPRES) approved Program at beamline 12.2.2, based at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the Research Specialist will contribute technical skills to make scientific and scholarly contributions to synchrotron radiation research projects in the area of X-ray diffraction under extreme conditions at beamline 12.2.2. Duties include supporting a user program that applies synchrotron X-ray techniques to diverse problems in the high-pressure geological sciences, assisting with instrumentation development and production, implementing and monitoring safe laboratory practices, fostering collaborative relationships with other scientists and agencies, and contributing to technical publications, presentations, and/or reports.
Applicants with expertise and experience with assisting users at synchrotron facilities is considered an advantage. We particularly seek applicants with prior expertise in X-ray diffraction (which could include single crystal experiments) and/or high pressure research: an academic record in these areas is strongly preferred. Familiarity with computer programming, and particularly instrument control, using standard platforms is highly preferred. Experience with laser based optical systems would be beneficial. A Ph.D. is preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.
SALARY $59,600-$75,900 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
An M.S degree or higher (or equivalent foreign degree) in Physical Sciences or Engineering, or a related discipline at the time of application.
Three years' experience relevant to the advertised position.
Demonstrated experience with scientific instrumentation, including data analysis methods.
Demonstrated record of collaborative work that establishes the interpersonal skills necessary to assist a diverse user community is a requirement.
A demonstrated record of peer-reviewed, scientific publications on high-pressure research and/or X-ray techniques.
POSITION AVAILABLE As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
DURATION OF POSITION Initial appointment will be fulltime for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
Curriculum vitae including publications list (required)
Samples of authored, high-pressure publications (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted)
Reference Requirement Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required). Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by March 2, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
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