The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University located in Palisades, New York, is seeking a Senior Staff Associate I to oversee day-to-day operation of the organic geochemistry laboratory.
The successful candidate will oversee the general operation and maintenance of the facility, including ordering supplies, billing lab users, and handling EH&S compliance with oversight from laboratory PIs. Operate and conduct maintenance and troubleshooting of laboratory equipment/instrumentation including but not limited to an Accelerated Solvent Extractor, gas chromatographs, mass selective detector and other lab equipment and facilities. Provide training and oversight of laboratory users such as students, research assistants, postdocs, and visiting scientists in laboratory methods and instrument use. Oversee and conduct sample analyses for lab users' research projects, including method development, sample management, chemical analysis, oversight of research assistants' work, and data reporting. Participate in data analysis of laboratory results and assist with preparation of research manuscripts and grant proposals.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct routine maintenance and troubleshooting of laboratory equipment.
Train and oversee laboratory users such as students, research assistants, postdocs, and visiting scientists.
Oversee and conduct sample analyses for research projects.
Perform data quality assurance, data analysis, and data reporting.
Assist with preparation of research manuscripts and grant proposals.
General oversight and operation of the lab such as conduct inventories and order solvents, gases, consumables, management of hazardous waste and other activities.
Keep records of lab users to support billing for the cost center.
Will receive minimal supervision and direction from the Lamont Associate Research Professor. Will exercise independent judgment within flexible parameters set by the Lamont Associate Research Professor.
Submits monthly billing for cost center but is not responsible for laboratory accounts or budgeting.
Bachelor's degree in geology, chemistry or a closely related discipline and 6 years of experience with organic geochemistry, laboratory protocols, and related instrumentation required or a Master's degree in geology, chemistry or a closely related discipline and 4 years of experience with organic geochemistry, laboratory protocols, and related instrumentation.
Must be detail oriented and have strong organizational skills.
Must be independent and self-reliant and have excellent written and verbal communication skills; English skills required.
Must have technical understanding of operation and maintenance of specialized and costly devices. Submits monthly billing for cost center but is not responsible for laboratory accounts or budgeting.
Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1st, contingent upon performance and funding.
The search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.
Columbia University benefits are offered with this Officer of Research appointment.
The Lamont campus values diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.
We accept online applications only.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.