Isotope Mass Spectrometry Specialist

Brown University

Job Description:

This position oversees operations, major repair, and training in the use of isotope ratio mass spectrometers (e.g., gas-source, inductively coupled plasma) in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (DEEPS) at Brown. The position also supports research and development related to novel isotopic methods, including collaboration with students and faculty.

This position is full time.  33% of this position is research funded and will be renewed, based on satisfactory work performance and dependent upon funding.

Education and Experience

  • PhD or equivalent combination of education and experience in a related scientific field, such as engineering, physics, chemistry, and/ or earth science.
  • Prior technical experience with maintaining and troubleshooting gas-source stable isotope mass spectrometers is preferred.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the physics and engineering of gas-source isotope ratio mass spectrometers.
  • Strong computer skills to work with computer hardware and software related to instrument operations and computer networking.
  • Ability and experience to troubleshoot both hardware and electronic problems in the above array of instrumentation.
  • Good organizational skills to keep track of maintenance and calibration data for each instrument.
  • Ability to work well with others in setting priorities and work schedules.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in training and collaborating with undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty.
  • Significant experience in handling environmental samples and evaluating instrument performance.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

Additional physical demands and working conditions:
Lab Safety training is required for this position.

Background check
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

Why Brown?
Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty, and staff are driven by the idea that their work will impact the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break, and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts, and more.

Benefits of Working at Brown:
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Isotope Mass Spectrometry Specialist

Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

Grade 11

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