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Instrument Engineer

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

Job Summary

The Department of Geological Sciences invites applications for an Instrument Engineer!

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 firsthand.

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
  • 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.
What You Should Know

This position is expected to end no later than December 31, 2025.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this part-time position is $80,000-$100,000 per year.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • 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 geochronology.
What You Will Need
  • 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 students).
What We Would Like You to Have
  • 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 extraction lines.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Current CV/resume
  2. A cover letter with a detailed description of previous lab and managerial experience.

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 attachment.

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 progresses.

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.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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