Research Technologist II

Tucson, AZ
Jun 10, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

This position seeks a researcher to oversee instruments, conduct analyses, develop new analytical methods, and train/supervise other researchers in the Arizona LaserChron Center of the Department of Geosciences. The position is full-time, and benefits eligible. Candidates must document an understanding of geologic materials and processes, the ability to prepare technical reports (e.g., a peer-revewed publication), and expertise with operating lasers and ICP mass spectrometers.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with other employees to oversee operation of the two lasers and two mass spectrometers that are utilized in the Arizona LaserChron Center. This involves (1) monitoring performance of the instruments by analyzing reference materials, (2) adjusting instrument parameters to improve performance, (3) conducting preventative maintenance of the instruments, and (4) coordinating involvement of technical experts to address major service or repair of instruments.
  • Conduct and interpret isotopic analyses utilizing a Laser-Ablation ICP Mass spectrometer. This involves (1) preparing samples for analysis, (2) analyzing samples using established methods, (3) interpreting information generated with the instruments, and (4) sharing analytical results with researchers at the University of Arizona or other institutions.
  • Develop and describe new analytical methods utilizing a Laser-Ablation ICP Mass spectrometer. Improvements in hardware and software provide opportunities for the ALC to continually develop the methods used for analyzing samples. This involves adjusting operational protocols to take advantage of the new hardware and software. Once new methods have been developed, they need to be described in both in-house documents and in peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Train and supervise other researchers in acquiring data utilizing a Laser-Ablation ICP Mass spectrometer, and in interpreting the acquired data. The ALC hosts visits of researchers and students from many different academic institutions. This requires time to first train the visitors in proper operation of the instruments, and then supervise their activities to ensure high data quality and proper operation of the instruments.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise with Lasers and ICP Mass Spectrometers preferred



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Job Family:

Research & Lab

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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

George Gehrels, PhD
[email protected]

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Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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