Lab manager, clumped isotopes - Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Ann Arbor, MI, United States
There is an opening for a Research Laboratory Technician Lead at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. The salary range for this position is $38,900 - $48,600. Wage will be determined based on candidate qualifications.
The SCIPP (Stable and Clumped Isotopes for Paleoclimate and Paleoceanography) Lab (PI: Asst. Prof. Sierra Petersen) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department of the University of Michigan is looking to hire a full-time Research Laboratory Technician Lead beginning October 2021 or later. The SCIPP Lab operates out of the UM Stable Isotope Lab, a fully-renovated 3-PI shared lab space. Two mass spectrometers are operated: 1) a Nu Perspective + NuCarb for automated clumped isotope analyses, and 2) a Thermo MAT 253 for oxygen isotopes in water samples. The lab group is diverse and active, composed of of undergrad and grad students. Furthermore, samples for colleagues and collaborators around the world are also analyzed.
Day to day responsibilities include:

- Oversee daily operations for a lab that operates two (2) mass spectrometers, including sample preparation and analysis, data quality control, instrument troubleshooting and repair, and compliance with safety standards.
- Train and assist graduate and undergraduate students on the mass spectrometers and other lab equipment including demonstrating various laboratory techniques and best practices for the instruments.
- Responsible for preparing standard materials, keeping consumable supplies in stock, organizing shared usage of equipment, and maintaining a clean and organized lab environment.
Required qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a natural science discipline such as earth science, chemistry, or environmental sciences or engineering with secondary educational knowledge in geoscience as a plus. The candidate should have experience and expertise in stable isotopic analysis of carbonate materials or similar, diagnosing and repairing complex lab equipment, laboratory management, and standard lab safety protocols. The ideal candidate is organized, has a strong attention to detail, and the ability to both work well with others in a shared lab space environment and operate independently to keep the lab running.

Desired Qualifications (not required): Master's degree and/or previous working experience with Nu Perspective + NuCarb and Thermo MAT 253 instruments and/or the clumped isotope technique or similar.
To apply contact Prof. Petersen by email at Please provide a CV and a cover letter describing relevant prior experience and/or particular reason for interest in the position (if appropriate). Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
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