Research Assistant Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Location: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Internal Number: 136420
Full-time research professor supported at 75% effort with the potential for an additional 25% effort earned through individual or collaborative external grants and research. Position is at the assistant faculty level on a 3-year renewable contract, conditional upon performance. Position is eligible to be considered for promotion to associate and full research professor through a well-defined review and reappointment process.
Faculty member will oversee the use and maintenance of the department's major equipment, analytical, and sample preparation facilities. These principally include: (i) a ThermoFisher iCAP Q quadrupole ICPMS that can be attached to a Photon Machines 193 nm laser-ablation unit, (ii) a Tescan Vega3 LM environmental SEM with EDS, EBSD, and CL attachments, (iii) a NorthStar ImagiX microCT scanner, (iv) a Thermo Delta V Plus Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer with a GasBenchII and an Element Analyzer for analysis of light stable isotopes in carbonates and organic matter, (v) a Picarro L2130-i for the analysis of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes of water, and (vi) a Picarro G2201i for the analysis of carbon dioxide and methane and their carbon isotope compositions.
Faculty member will oversee the training, education, and research use of our major analytical facilities, including the ICP-MS, SEM, micro-CT, and other instruments, lab spaces, and sample preparation facilities and equipment. Teach an analytical methods course for graduate-student training on use of department's major instrumentation. Supervise and perform technical, research, and some administrative duties of department-level laboratory and analytical facilities: ensure that labs have adequate supplies and equipment is properly maintained; schedule work to meet experimental and publication deadlines, either directly or in conjunction with faculty; communicate laboratory policies; evaluate instrument and experimental quality assurance; provide training on instrument use and applications.
About the Work Unit:
The Earth and Environmental Sciences are aimed at understanding Earth's dynamic history — how Earth "works" and records its origin and age in rocks and landscapes — and how geological processes affect modern environmental and ecological systems. Among the natural sciences, ours is the quintessential interdisciplinary science, providing vital perspective on how Earth's physical and geochemical templates simultaneously sustain and threaten life, and influence human interactions with Earth.
Key Functions and Expected Performance:
Operation and maintenance of analytical instruments
· Development and refinement of analytical methods
· Training of users
· Teaching analytical methods course
· Data reduction and quality control
· Management of laboratory supplies and invoicing
This position does not have supervisory responsibility. This position reports administratively to the Administrative Manager and functionally to the Department Chair.
Key Responsibilities of a Successful Team Member in this Work Unit:
1. Develop work goals for laboratories consistent with institutional and departmental goals and policy.
2. Ensure the most effective operation of the laboratory
3. Ensure financial resources are utilized effectively
4. Ensure a safe, satisfying and enriching environment for employees
5. Evaluate quality assurance standards, programs and procedures within the unit/laboratory
6. Assist in Research and Development
Education and Certifications:
· PhD in STEM field required, in hand by the start of the position.
Experience and Skills:
· Operation and maintenance of analytical instrumentation
· Significant experience in mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, and /or imaging techniques
· Experience maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing major analytical instruments
· Computer skills, including some programming experience
· Strong organization, communication, and interpersonal skills
· Experience with lab and budget management
· Experience with geoscience topics and approaches.
Physical requirements include:
· Frequent stoops and bends.
· Occasionally lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds.
· Reaching, grasping reaches, and grasps with arms and hands.
· Long periods of standing and/or sitting.
· Work involves possible exposure to toxic chemicals and acids in the lab.
Applications must include:
Cover letter addressing candidate's interest in the position
Statement of candidate's research and teaching interests - can be one combined or two separate files.
Names and contacts for at least 3 references
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For questions regarding this posting please email email@example.com.
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