Research Assistant 3

Job description

Search #: 494952
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Research


The Department of Geosciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time laboratory technician in the area of (U-Th)/He low-temperature thermochronology. The primary responsibilities of this position include: maintaining, operating, and repairing instruments; working with a diverse client base of students, faculty, staff, and external users; training students and visitors on sample preparation and analysis; sample management, analysis, and invoicing; data reduction and quality control; maintaining laboratory inventory; and ensuring the lab complies with all health and safety regulations. The successful candidate is expected to assist in the development of new techniques, take on independent research, and participate in broader UConn community outreach activities to promote science engagement through deep-time, geochronology, and Earth processes.

Laboratory instrumentation includes a customized ultra-high vacuum gas extraction and measurement system, Thermo iCAP ICP mass spectrometer, and mineral separations and sample preparation facility. The laboratory position is overseen by PI Dr. Julie Fosdick in the Basin Analysis and Helium Thermochronology Laboratory and funded through the National Science Foundation Earth Sciences: Laboratory Technician Support program, contingent on the availability of funds. More information on the laboratory can be found at

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Connecticut offers interdisciplinary programs that advance understanding of the interactions between geological, biological, chemical, and physical processes. Faculty expertise and facilities relevant to the position include biogeochemistry, stable isotope geochemistry, structural geology, tectonics, geomorphology, paleoclimatology, and paleobiology, among others. The Department offers a B.S. and B.A. in Geosciences and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. More information about the University of Connecticut Department of Geosciences can be found at


The position requires a B.S. and four to five years of post-degree experience or an M.S. and two to four years of post-degree experience.


Preferred qualifications include five years of post-degree laboratory experience or a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Earth Sciences or related disciplines with research focus that may include noble gas thermochronology, isotope geochemistry, and quadrupole mass spectrometry. The ideal candidate has experience with ultra-high vacuum gas extraction lines, (U-Th)/He noble gas measurement and data analysis, ICP-MS mass spectrometry, isotope dilution geochemistry, elemental analysis, maintaining laboratory equipment, student and visitor training, and standard lab safety protocols.


This is a 12-month, full-time position with healthcare benefits. Anticipated appointment date is July 1, 2021 or possibly earlier. Salary range is commensurate with education and experience. The position may be renewed in subsequent years depending on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #494952 to upload a resume/CV, cover letter describing your qualifications for this position, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Contact Julie Fosdick [email protected] for additional information about the position. Review of applications will begin January 4, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on February 17, 2021.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Dec 17 2020 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 17 2021 Eastern Standard Time




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Job No:
Posted: 12/19/2020
Application Due: 2/17/2021
Work Type: Full Time