The Department of Geological Sciences invites applications for an
This research associate position is a short-term appointment for an
instrument engineer to support the installation, refurbishment, and
calibration of a Nu Instruments Noblesse noble gas mass
spectrometer. The instrument will be part of the Cosmic Forensics
laboratory in the Geological Sciences Department. Toward this goal,
we seek candidates with experience maintaining noble gas mass
spectrometers and data processing and reporting procedures.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
The University of Colorado at Boulder is ideally suited to the
study of geological sciences. At the junction of the high plains
and the Rocky Mountains, the Boulder area represents a natural
outdoor laboratory where you can study geological features of all
ages in diverse settings and observe earth processes
The department has research laboratories for studying rock and
mineral deformation, soils, sedimentation, geomicrobial processes,
petrology, isotope geochemistry, and mineralogy. Beyond the
department, researchers also have access to a broad variety of
shared analytical facilities across the CU Boulder campus. The
department is affiliated with several research centers and
institutes (INSTAAR, CSDMS, CIRES, LASP) and offers a diverse set
of resources for teaching and research.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What You Should Know
- Assist Nu Instrument personnel with the installation and
refurbishment of the mass spectrometer.
- Repairing noble gas extraction and cleaning line including
replacing parts, leak checking, and calibrating volumes. This also
includes repairs to the diode heating laser.
- Developing multicolletion sample analysis protocols for
40Ar/39Ar geochronology and full-suite noble gas analyses (He, Ne,
Ar, Xe, Kr).
- Developing and implementing data and metadata standards for
mass spectrometry data.
This position is expected to end no later than December 31,
What We Can Offer
The salary range for this part-time position is $80,000-$100,000
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- A PhD in one of the following areas: geology, physics,
chemistry, or related fields.
- Experience in 40Ar/39Ar or full suite noble gas mass
spectrometry, including maintenance and operation of magnetic
sector mass spectrometers.
- Experience maintaining an extraction line for noble gas mass
spectrometry including laser operations and tunning.
- Experience in preparing samples for noble gas geochemistry and
What We Would Like You to Have
- The responsibilities for this position require initiative, a
research-oriented mindset, organization skills, attention to
detail, and a positive attitude toward problem solving. Good
teamwork and communication skills are essential since the
instrument engineer will interact with vendors, Nu Instruments
engineers, and members of the laboratory group (including
- Ph.D. in one of the following areas: geology, physics,
chemistry, or related fields.
- 10 years of experience in 40Ar/39Ar or full suite noble gas
mass spectrometry, including maintenance and operation of magnetic
sector mass spectrometers, and maintaining an extraction line for
noble gas mass spectrometry. Including filament alignment, pump
maintenance, getter maintenance, peak centering, leak checking,
data reduction, background minimization, high-temperature bake-out
procedures, and adding new instruments to ultra-high vacuum
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Current CV/resume
- A cover letter with a detailed description of previous lab and
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified
by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an
approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the
United States, please submit a translated version as an optional
During the application process you will need to enter contact
information for a reference. We will request a letter of
recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search
Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will
remain open until December 1st, 2023.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
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