Keck Facility Specialist

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  • School of Physical Sciences - Earth System Science


    Open date: November 20th, 2018

    Next review date: December 14th, 2018
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

    Final date: December 21st, 2018
    Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


    The Department of Earth System Science at UC Irvine has an immediate opening for a Associate Specialist or Specialist to support operations of the W. M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (KCCAMS).

    The overall mission of the Keck facility is to use isotopes (primarily 14C) to study the carbon cycle and its relationship with climate. We use 14C as a dating tool for placing paleoclimate records in time, and we also use 13C and 14C measurements in soils, sediments, land and marine biota, carbonates, organic matter, atmospheric gases, and individual organic compounds, as tracers for the carbon cycle.

    The successful applicant will assist in the processing of samples through the KCCAMS sample preparation laboratory, help visiting researchers and students, and also participate in sample measurement, data analysis, and technical development as part of the overall activity of the research group. Over time, he/she will increasingly share a managerial role. While the primary emphasis of the position will be on laboratory operations and upgrading, the successful applicant will also be encouraged to collaborate scientifically in program areas of the laboratory.

    Applicants should have an M.S. in Physics, Chemistry or Earth Science, or equivalent experience. Experience in AMS sample preparation and spectrometer operation and familiarity with carbon cycle research and radiocarbon methods are required. Appointment level and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, based on University of California salary scales. The Specialist series is a long-term position, contingent on continued funding for the laboratory.

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
    Job location Irvine, CA


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    Posted: 11/21/2018
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