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Ion Microprobe Position

DIRECTOR, ION MICROPROBE LAB- RESEARCH SCIENTIST
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been funded to purchase a large radius multicollector ion microprobe (Cameca 1270 or SHRIMP 2). This instrument will be installed in a new lab in Weeks Hall (Department of Geology + Geophysics) and will be dedicated to pushing the frontiers of stable isotope geochemistry in areas related to Earth, Materials and Biological Sciences.

   We seek a Director who will lead our effort to improve ion probe technology for stable isotope analysis, oversee the operation of this facility, and employ it for their own research. The Director will aid in the selection and installation of the new instrument. They will work with the Ion Microprobe Lab Oversight Board to establish policy and evaluate the scientific merit of proposals to work in the Ion Probe Facility. It is anticipated that this lab will become a national center of excellence that will eventually employ post-doctoral and technical support to enable efficient high quality analysis by outside researchers.

The Department of Geology has a diverse faculty; three Stable and Radiogenic Isotope Labs including five mass-spectrometers; an electron microprobe, and excellent computer support, electronics and machine shops. See: www.geology.wisc.


A PhD in Geology, Chemistry, or Physics, and interest in interdisciplinary research are required. Preference will be given to applicants with 5 or more years of experience in the operation of an ion microprobe (SIMS) or other advanced instrumental techniques employing high vacuum systems, mass spectrometry, or focused ion/electron beams.

Send a CV, statement of interest, and contact information for 3-5 references to Prof. John W. Valley, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706-1692. Review of applicants will begin Sept. 1, 2003.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.  Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request.  Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

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John W. Valley, Professor              phone: 608-263-5659
Dept. of Geology and Geophysics        fax:   608-262-0693
University of Wisconsin            email: [log in to unmask] 
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Madison, WI 53706, USA    http://www.geology.wisc.edu/people/valley.html

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