Director and Research Scientist, Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS)
Posting Number F0730P Working Title Director and Research Scientist, Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS) Department VPR-Ctr Applied Isotope Study About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( http://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
About the College/Unit/Department
The internationally recognized CAIS reports to the UGA Vice President for Research. CAIS is the largest isotope geochemistry laboratory / radiocarbon AMS dating facility in the U.S. and is accredited under ISO / IEC 17025:2005. CAIS is a free-standing facility of nearly 20,000 sq. ft. on the UGA campus and contains state-of-the-art equipment for radiocarbon dating, environmental analyses, food flavor and beverage authenticity testing, and bio-based product testing, among other services. Reflecting the Center’s interdisciplinary nature, its 40+ scientists, staff, and students are experts in physical chemistry, geology, marine science, physics, archaeology, ecology, and biology. They collaborate in research and method development, serve the UGA research community, and work with a worldwide clientele, including academic institutions, government agencies, and private companies. Annual revenue is approximately $3 million. CAIS scientists also contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring, host students in their laboratories, and offer a robust K-12 outreach program.
College/Unit/Department website https://cais.uga.edu/ Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Advertised Salary Anticipated Start Date 04/01/2021 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 11/06/2020 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants
The position will remain open until filled, but to ensure full consideration, all application materials should be submitted by January 1, 2021. It should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated in the posting request; a current curriculum vita; and contact information for three references. The final applicant will be required to submit a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Paul A. Schroeder, Chair of the Search Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Classification Title Department Chair/Head AC FLSA Faculty Rank Open Rank Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications
Terminal degree in a physical science or related field
The University of Georgia’s ( UGA ) Center for Applied Isotope Studies ( CAIS ) is seeking a Director at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Senior Research Scientist. The CAIS is the largest isotope geochemistry / radiocarbon AMS dating facility in the U.S. and is accredited under ISO / IEC 17025:2017. CAIS contains state-of-the-art facilities for radiocarbon dating, environmental analyses, food flavor and beverage authenticity testing, and bio-based product testing (http://cais.uga.edu). CAIS’s interdisciplinary 40+ scientists collaborate in research and method development, serve the UGA research community and work with a worldwide clientele, including academic institutions, government agencies, and private companies.
The Director will oversee scientific, fiscal and regulatory activities, and work closely with scientists to develop, refine, and implement a vision for the Center’s continuing growth and preservation of ISO / IEC accreditation. The Director serves as the interface with the UGA Office of Research for policy interpretation, report preparation, and personnel administration.
The successful candidate will have a commitment to a diverse workforce and will maintain a high quality, diverse workforce of researchers and staff members who are committed to world-class science and technology.
The Center for Isotope Studies ( CAIS ) director provides primary leadership for a robust and technologically advanced research and service center. This position is mission critical. CAIS has a mix of industrial and academic clients all around the world and across UGA . It generates annual revenues of approximately $3M each year. The CAIS director manages these activities, and ensures that the Center remains technologically state of the art and retains its ISO / IEC 17025:2017 accreditation. The director also ensures that CAIS operates with fiscal and scientific integrity. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that the Center supports interdisciplinary work at UGA and offers unique training opportunities for students, undergraduate and graduate. Currently, the Center collaborates with and supports the work of faculty in UGA’s Departments of Chemistry, Marine Science, Ecology, Archaeology and many others across UGA .
Qualifications for this position include a Ph.D. in a physical science or related field plus a CAIS -relevant scientific background (https://cais.uga.edu/research/) and a record of obtaining external funds to support research and commensurate with rank.
For details about the requirements for each of the Research Scientist faculty ranks, please see section 2.1 Requirements for Appointment in the University of Georgia Guidelines for the Appointment and Promotion of Research Scientists (https://research.uga.edu/docs/policies/research/Research-Scientist-Appointment-Promotion.pdf).
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
Candidates currently active in academia as well as those currently active in non-profits, government agencies, research organizations, conservatories, and/or industry are encouraged to apply.
Preferred additional qualifications are a background in a facility or laboratory operating, troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing compact accelerators, IRMS, GC/MS, ICP and HPLC instrumentation. A demonstrated record of excellence in a scientific area directly relevant to the work of the CAIS, interests and specific expertise in isotope methodologies.
Other preferred qualifications include a supervisory background and background that includes mentoring and training the next generation of researchers, including graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy
Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.
Oversee scientific, fiscal and regulatory activities, and work closely with scientists to develop, refine, and implement a vision for the Center’s continuing growth and excellence. Ensures that the Center retains its leadership in providing state-of-the-art services for academic and industrial clients. Ensure that accreditation requirements are properly maintained to preserve accreditation under ISO / IEC 17025:2017.
Percentage Of Time 50 Duties/Responsibilities
Supervise administrative and business office staff to ensure compliance with all university, state, federal and USG / BOR regulations.
Percentage Of Time 25 Duties/Responsibilities
Encourage the Center’s participation in collaborative, interdisciplinary work at UGA and its contributions to the teaching mission of the University. Oversee undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring, and ensure the offering of a robust K-12 outreach program.
Percentage Of Time 10 Duties/Responsibilities
Contributes to the strategic design, management, and implementation of the Center’s evaluations or assessments, scoping trips, and embedded research. Actively participates in both internal and external academic events related to the Center’s research.
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Attracts a quality, diverse pool of top candidates and hires staff members who are committed to world-class science and technology. Other duties as assigned.
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