The Saskatchewan Isotope Laboratory is looking for an analyst/technician,
primarily for its stable isotope activities. A copy of the full
advertisement is provided below, together with contact details for myself
and two of the directors of our facility.
Dr Bruce Eglington
Saskatchewan Isotope Laboratory
University of Saskatchewan
114 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E2
e-mail : [log in to unmask]
tel : +1-306-966-5732
fax : +1-306-966-8593
Skype : BruceEglington
The Saskatchewan Isotope Laboratory, University of Saskatchewan, Canada,
seeks a full-time isotope technician/analyst, with primary duties on stable
isotope instruments, and secondary duties providing technical and
operational support on thermal ionisation and plasma multicollector
instruments. Experience in gas source mass spectrometry is essential.
Cross-training on the solid source and plasma source instruments will be
provided on-the-job, if necessary. The laboratory has 2 gas source mass
spectrometers with peripherals including EA, TC/EA and Kiel IV, in addition
to two thermal ionisation instruments (one a Triton), a multi-collector
plasma Neptune, and a trace metal clean lab. Activities of the Laboratory
are inherently multidisciplinary.
Duties include the preparation of a wide variety of samples for stable
isotope analysis of H, C, N, O and S; performing analyses of samples on mass
spectrometers; operation of robotic microsampling devices; troubleshooting
and maintenance of equipment; QA/QC; purchase ordering; communication with
clients and invoicing; and training. The incumbent will work together with
researchers, staff and students to develop new protocols as necessary and to
implement quality control of all data produced by the isotope activities of
the facility, in particular, the stable isotopes.
The successful candidate will have a technical diploma or degree in
chemistry or the earth sciences, will work under the supervision of a
laboratory manager and will assist in the training of students and visitors.
Good communication and people skills are essential so as to guide the
analytical activities of diverse users.
Previous experience in an established research laboratory with demonstrated
knowledge of lab safety regulations and procedures, general lab safety,
WHMIS training, weighing and gas ratio mass spectrometry is desirable.
Careful, neat work behaviour, ability to work well under pressure, to face
multiple deadlines and interruptions and to manage time and resources
effectively are essential. Computer competency in MS Office (Word, Excel) is
required. The position is full-time and, although initially a 12-month
contract, it is renewable annually. Salary will be commensurate with
Please send cover letter and CV to:
Dr. Bruce Eglington
Saskatchewan Isotope Laboratory
Email : [log in to unmask]
Closing date: September 5, 2007
Applicants with questions regarding this position may call or email:
Dr Chris Holmden (email [log in to unmask]) or
Dr William Patterson (email [log in to unmask])
Further information on the activities of the Saskatchewan Isotope Laboratory
may be obtained from any of the above individuals and from the Laboratory's
web site (http://sil.usask.ca).