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Director, Hamilton Analytical Lab

Hamilton College
Clinton, NY

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Director, Hamilton Analytical Lab

Clinton, NY
Open Date:
Mar 30, 2022

To oversee the operation of the Hamilton Analytical Laboratory (HAL), an in-house and commercial WD-XRF facility that provides chemical analyses of geological materials to support scientific research and education. Primary responsibilities include calibrating, maintaining, and operating the College’s  WD-XRF spectrometer, as well as processing LA-ICPMS data provided by a partner institution. Job also involves supervision of a ½ time assistant, and coordination and training of undergraduate student workers. Person will also be responsible for maintaining a wide range of supporting laboratory equipment and will be expected to communicate with clients in a timely fashion.


  • Calibrating, maintaining, operating, and reducing geochemical data generated by, the College’s WD-XRF spectrometer 
  • Processing LA-ICPMS data provided by a partner institution 
  • Supervision of a ½ time assistant, and coordination and training of undergraduate student workers
  • Maintain a wide range of supporting equipment and instrumentation, ranging from mechanical rock crushers and pulverizers to high temperature muffle furnaces and analytical balances 
  • Communicate with clients to discuss details of submitted orders and to ensure that the lab can provide the data requested
  • Participate in, and support, an annual week-long international XRF training workshop hosted by the College every summer


Candidates should have an advanced degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) in either geoscience or analytical chemistry, with a strong knowledge of geochemistry and/or extensive training and experience with WD-XRF analysis.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of WD-XRF spectrometry
  • Knowledge of the chemical compositions of Earth materials (rocks, soils, minerals)
  • Strong mathematical skills and ability to manipulate and graph data in Excel
  • Basic mechanical and electrical knowledge to help troubleshoot and maintain lab equipment
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written, to communicate clearly with clients and student employees
  • Good interpersonal skills and willingness to support the educational goals of Hamilton faculty and students

Application Instructions:

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in all areas of the campus community.


Working at Hamilton College 

Hamilton College is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and chartered in 1812 as the third oldest college in New York State, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 students from nearly all 50 states and 50 countries. It is distinguished by a faculty of 190 men and women dedicated to teaching and scholarship, by rigorous academic programs, by an emphasis on teaching students to write well and speak persuasively, and by a commitment to diversity in its broadest sense. The College, with an endowment nearing $1 billion (October 2017), is need-blind in admission and has invested more than $265 million in new and renovated facilities in the past dozen years.  

Hamilton is located on a wooded 1,350-acre hilltop campus overlooking the New England-style Village of Clinton, New York, in close proximity to the Adirondack Park, where hiking, skiing, fishing, boating and snowmobiling abound. The campus is within a 4-5 hour drive of New York, Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia, and there is a rich variety of cultural opportunities on campus and in nearby Utica (10 minutes), Syracuse (45 minutes) and Cooperstown (55 minutes).

As a national leader for teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves, Hamilton produces graduates who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make their voices heard on issues of importance to their communities and the world. Additional information about Hamilton can be found at

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to attracting diverse and interesting people to its community.

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