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Research Laboratory Technician

Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Dec 5, 2023

Job Details

Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading institution for education, discovery, and global intellectual progress as well as one of the largest employers in Rhode Island. Working at Brown brings more than just a paycheck and generous benefits; it offers an opportunity to contribute to a greater good. Join us in supporting the pursuit of knowledge and individual growth that defines higher education and enriches our community.

Job Description:

The Research Laboratory Technician (RLT) at the Sulfur Isotope Laboratory at Brown University provides high-level oversight of lab operations and supports and contributes to a diverse portfolio of research projects. The Technician will manage operations of the lab's dual-inlet gas source mass spectrometer and wet chemistry laboratory that will be used for sample preparation; this includes sample digestions and gas purification. The individual 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 and analysis from internal and external requests; data and metadata analysis, quality control, and archival; training and oversight of student research assistants (RAs) and other lab personnel; and ensures compliance with environmental health and safety guidelines.

As time allows the RLT will also have the option to engage in independent research projects including fostering external collaborations, drafting of manuscripts, and preparation of grants (up to 20% of time).

This position is 100% grant funded and is fixed term until December 31st 2024.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Geosciences or related field and 3-5 years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Ph.D. strongly preferred.
  • Experience operating analytical instrumentation.
  • Experience in mass spectrometry.
  • Experience operating gas vacuum lines and conducting gas purification.
  • Experience with rock digestions while using strong acids and solvents.
  • Experience in training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Scientific writing and reporting.
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community.
  • Ability to interact well with a large number of students and visitors to the lab.
  • Ability to teach others.
Additional physical demands and working conditions:
  • The incumbent must complete the necessary EHS training within one month of starting the position.
  • This position is fully on-site.
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.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

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Research Laboratory Technician


Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences


Grade 9

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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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EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer , Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.


Brown University

Founded in 1764, Brown is a nonprofit leading research university, home to world-renowned faculty, and also an innovative educational institution where the curiosity, creativity and intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence.

The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries. As a private, nonprofit institution, the University advances its mission through support from a community invested in Brown's commitment to advance knowledge and make a positive difference locally and globally.

Brown is a leading research university, where stellar faculty and student researchers deploy deep content knowledge to generate new discoveries on those issues and many more. What sets their work apart? Collectively, Brown's researchers are driven by the idea that their work will have a positive impact in the world.

Brown students and faculty are tackling the nation’s opioid crisis. Planning the next Mars landing site. Uncovering the locations of ancient civilizations. Advising world leaders on new political models. Exploring new frontiers in multimedia arts. In each of their intellectual endeavors, our scholars and researchers are uncommonly driven by the belief that their work must — and will — have an impact in their communities, in society and the world.

We are a learning community grounded in a commitment of respect for the diversity of viewpoints that is fundamentally essential to intellectual discovery. We encourage the right of all individuals to express ideas and perspectives — and we embrace the value of vigorous debate in pursuit of knowledge.

Providence, Rhode Island — Brown's home for more than two and a half centuries — is a vibrant place to live, work and study, a stimulating hub for innovation, and a city rich in cultural diversity. 

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