Research Associate

Brown University

Job Description:

The Research Associate (RA) at the Terrestrial Biogeochemistry and Paleoclimatology Lab will  provide high-level oversight to support and contribute to a diverse portfolio of research projects. The RA will manage operations of the laboratories metal isotope and geochronology analytical facilities including Q-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS, and the new Trace Metals Laboratory. The individual will be responsible for overseeing the workflow and setting up new isotope systems for the lab. The incumbent 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. The RA will also engage in collaborative and independent research projects including fostering external collaborations, drafting/editing of manuscripts, and preparation of grants. The RA may participate in and co-organize fieldwork associated with research projects.

This position is 100% research funded and is for one year with the possibility of renewal, based on

satisfactory work performance and dependent upon funding.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in geosciences or related field (PhD preferred) with 5-7 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience, with considerable laboratory/research experience.
  • Prior experience in climate, paleoclimate, and/or analytical isotope geochemistry research.
  • Experience operating analytical instrumentation; including with Quadropule and Multi-Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry.
  • Experience with clean laboratory work; including with metal isotope column chemistry.
  • Experience with data analysis and visualization software (e.g. R, Matlab, Python).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with Google suite, MS Office, and data analysis and visualization software (e.g. R, Matlab, Python).
  • Scientific writing and reporting.
  • Experience in training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Experience in the analysis of high-resolution climate archives such as corals, speleothems, tree rings, ice cores, lake and marine sediments, etc.
  • Project management experience preferred.
  • Preparation of proposals for sponsored research.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

Additional physical demands and working conditions:

Safety training as dictated by EHS for lab compliance.

This position is fully on-site.

Background check information
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. 

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Job Posting Title:
Research Associate

Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

Grade 10

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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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