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Laboratory Manager, Clean Room and ICP-MS Mass Spectrometry Facility

An independent, motivated, and experienced scientist is needed to fill a laboratory manager staff position in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo. The laboratory is a new state-of-the-art facility that includes a metal-free clean room, a NuPlasma II multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICP-MS), an Agilent 8800 triple quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (QQQ-ICP-MS), and an Analyte G2 laser ablation system. Research in this facility spans a diverse range of topics in solid Earth geochemistry and environmental biogeochemistry. The laboratory manager will report to a faculty committee that comprises the principal users of the facility.

Specific duties include:

  • oversight of the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the facility
  • method development of radiogenic and stable isotope systems (including in-situ analysis by laser ablation), both independently and in collaboration with faculty members
  • assistance with undergraduate and graduate student training
  • implementation of data quality control measures
  • collaboration with departmental faculty to provide data for research
  • data acquisition for external academic and non-academic clients on a collaborative or fee-for-service basis
  • financial management, including billing of users and ensuring that the facility operates on a revenue-neutral basis

A PhD degree in geoscience is required at the time of appointment. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with sample dissolution, ion exchange chromatography, double spiking and isotope dilution, and spike and standard calibration procedures in clean rooms. In addition, the ideal candidate is proficient in stable and/or radiogenic metal isotope analysis by MC-ICP-MS and elemental analysis by Q-ICP-MS. Experience with laser ablation analysis is an asset. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. The candidate should have strong decision-making and communication skills.

The position is a definite term appointment of two years, starting September 1, 2015. Renewal of the appointment is contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research interests/experience, and contact information for three referees. Review of applications will begin June 20, 2015. Please submit applications to Dr. Brian Kendall (bkendall@uwaterloo.ca).