Research Scientist

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary

The University of Georgia’s ( UGA ) Center for Applied Isotope Studies ( CAIS ) seeks to hire a research scientist at the rank of Assistant or Associate Research Scientist in the Radiocarbon Dating group with expertise in chemistry and geochemistry to join the laboratory. This is a 12-month non-tenure track faculty position on UGA’s Research Scientist track: The incumbent will be a member of the UGA CAIS Research Scientist faculty. The Radiocarbon Dating group conducts radiocarbon AMS and stable isotope ratio analyses for researchers around the world. The laboratory serves to promote the CAIS missions of enhancing the global reputation of UGA as a research institution, providing quality analytical services to researchers, and preparing Georgia students for STEM careers. The lab is a fee-for-service analytical testing facility serving the UGA research community and external clientele including, but not limited to, academic institutions, government agencies, and private companies worldwide. The successful candidate will be involved in sample preparation, method development, client communication, data analysis, and report preparation. The incumbent will work closely with clients and collaborators to develop tailored methods and novel approaches in the areas of stable isotope geochemistry, paleodietary studies, radiocarbon dating, and other analytical methods. The appointee is also expected to establish independence in research design and execution and publish in peer-reviewed literature. The duties also involve management of analytical projects and laboratory staff; creating reports and invoicing clients for services; tracking laboratory budget and expenditures and pursuing external funding.

Special Instructions to Applicants

The application packet should include a cover letter, a current Resume/CV, a writing sample and contact information for three references. Direct questions to Dr. Ravi Prasad, PhD. (chair of search committee) at Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by 10/15/2021 however, screening will continue until the position is filled. Proposed start date will be on or after 1/1/2022.

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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 ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 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 Eligible


Advertised Salary

Commensurate with Experience

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Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

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Position Details

Position Information

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Researcher AC


Faculty Rank

Open Rank

Contract Type

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

A PhD in chemistry/geosciences or related fields.

Additional Requirements

The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Research Scientist, Associate Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist. For information about requirements for each rank, please see the Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion (

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

The preferred qualifications are a PhD in chemistry/geochemistry or related fields plus 5 years of experience in geochemistry laboratory operation, troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing the instrumentation. Background in preparing and analyzing samples for radiocarbon dating.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

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

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Oversee operation and management of the Radiocarbon Dating lab.

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  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample
  4. List of References with Contact Information
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