Brown University — Lab Manager

Job Description:

The Lab Manager provides oversight and support to laboratory and research projects in the area of thermochronology. The Lab Manager will manage operations of laboratories and procedures relating to mineral separations, mineral picking, an ASI Alphahcron noble gas mass spectrometer, and Rigaku CTLABHX micro computed tomography instrument. The individual will train and support students, postdocs, and visitors to the lab, and participate in lab outreach and education.

Responsibilities include: instrument operation, scheduling and maintenance; lab purchasing and related paperwork; sample preparation; data and metadata analysis, quality control, and archival; training and oversight of student research assistants (RAs) and other lab personnel; and ensuring compliance with environmental health and safety guidelines.

This position is 100% research funded and is for one year with the possibility of renewal, dependent upon funding

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geosciences or related field with 3 – 5 years of related work experience or the equivalent combination of education and work experience.  PhD in Geoscience strongly preferred.


  • Prior experience in geo-thermochronology, mineral separations, and/or micro computed tomography.
  • Experience operating analytical instrumentation.
  • Experience mentoring and working with diverse groups.

Job Competencies

  • Problem-solving and troubleshooting skills in a laboratory environment.
  • Ability to learn new techniques independently.
  • Strong communication and record-keeping skills.
  • Consistency in laboratory work, careful in avoiding contamination, and accurate in data generation.
  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Ability to interact well with a large number of students and visitors to the lab.
  • Ability to teach others.
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community.

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

Additional physical demands and working conditions:
Safety training as dictated by EHS for lab compliance

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Job Posting Title:
Lab Manager

Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

Grade 9

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Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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