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Assistant Research Scientist

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 4, 2023

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the CAIS Director, the position will be responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of a nu-Plasma II high-resolution multi-collector mass spectrometer (MC- ICP -MS). The position will work closely with clients and collaborators to develop tailored methods and novel approaches in the areas of radiogenic isotope geochemistry, inorganic geochemistry, geology, and archaeology. In addition, the position will be responsible for supervising student research and developing student research projects. Specific duties include: offering a portfolio of analytical assays by MC- ICP -MS; troubleshooting, repairing, and routine maintenance of the MC- ICP -MS; development, optimization, and troubleshooting of specific assays; development and modification of digestion methodology and sample treatment protocols for solution-based ICP analysis; collaborating with isotope geochemistry researchers to develop innovative projects in the area of isotope geochemistry; collaborating with researchers in the AMS Radiocarbon Lab at CAIS on archaeological projects; management of analytical projects, supplies, and student workers; creating reports and invoicing clients for services; tracking laboratory budgets and expenditures; procurement of external funding in support of the CAIS mission; and publishing peer-reviewed literature. In addition, the position will be responsible for maintaining a clean lab environment, designing and implementing experiments, data analysis, and keeping detailed records of all procedures.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application packet should include a cover letter, current resume/CV, a
writing sample and contact info for three professional references.
Direct questions to Dr. Mike Marshall.

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Assistant Research Scientist


VPR-Ctr Applied Isotope Study

About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. 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 employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 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 Center for Applied Isotope Studies is the largest Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory / Radiocarbon AMS Dating Facility in the United States that is accredited under ISO / IEC 17025:2017. Our commitment to experiential STEM education, research excellence, and superior service sets us apart from other laboratories. As an interdisciplinary research center, our scientists are experts in physical chemistry, geology, marine science, physics, archaeology, ecology and biology. This means that CAIS researchers are able to effectively collaborate in research programs and participate in method development for myriad of industrial and academic applications.

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Benefits Eligibility

Benefits Eligible


Advertised Salary

Commensurant with Experience

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Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Researcher AC


Faculty Rank

Assistant Research Scientist

Contract Type

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree awarded in the discipline.

Additional Requirements

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

The preferred qualifications are a PhD in chemistry/geochemistry or related fields plus 2 years of experience in geochemistry laboratory operation, troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing the instrumentation. Background in preparing and analyzing samples for strontium and lead isotopes for applications in geology, archaeology, and earth sciences.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

The successful candidate will have effective interpersonal skills; excellent oral communication and the ability to present the results of research in scientific conferences; excellent written communication and the ability to write proposals for external funding; ability to supervise students and technicians.

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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 operation and management of the MC- ICP -MS lab.

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Research, Publication, and Grant Writing

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Administrative duties such as tracking the lab budget & expenditures, supervising student workers, maintaining lab records, driving as needed to perform job tasks, and other duties as needed.

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  3. Writing Sample
  4. List of References with Contact Information
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