Dear Colleagues, This position is still open until filled.

Regards, Marilyn Fogel

See new contact information as of Oct. 1, 2016: 
Dr. Marilyn L. Fogel, Professor of Geo-Ecology
Director of the EDGE Institute
Dept. of Earth Science/Environmental Science
University of California Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: 209-205-6743

Life and Environmental Sciences Unit
School of Natural Sciences
University of California at Merced
5200 Lake Rd., Merced California 95343

Staff Research Associate 
Job Category:   Scientific/Laboratory Research
Unit:   Office of Research
Position Code:   SOR7128A
Status:   Open
Closing Date:
Open (apply ASAP)
Salary:   $22.57 hourly
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check may be required

The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With approximately 7,300 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

University of California, Merced is currently searching for an experienced individual familiar with isotope ratio mass spectrometry is sought for a yearly contract position at the University of California Merced. The person chosen for the position will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of two gas source isotope ratio mass spectrometers including a gas chromatographic system, an elemental analyzer, a carbonate analyzer, and a thermo-chemolysis system. These instruments and the associated laboratory will be operated as a recharge facility under the Office of Research and Economic Development. The successful applicant will work with graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduate students in a very active research environment strongly linked to education. The successful applicant will need to have 3+ years of hands on experience using stable isotope instrumentation, experience supervising undergraduates, and a record of understanding complex instrumentation. The successful applicant will assist faculty and students in designing experiments and sampling schemes to best utilize the power of stable-isotope techniques. She/he will also assist faculty and staff in the analyses and interpretation of stable isotope data. The stable isotope laboratory built in 2015 is located in the Science and Engineering building on the main campus and is part of the Life and Environmental Sciences academic unit ( UC Merced leads the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory, manages two UC Natural Reserves, and is involved in the Environmental Systems and Quantitative Systems Biology graduate programs.

Qualifications:   • Bachelor’s degree in science in the fields of ecology, chemistry, environmental science, or earth science is required.

• A Master’s or Ph.D.preferred.

• A minimum of at least 2-3 years of related experience required.

• Experience at data assurance and quality control in analytical measurements preferred.

• Knowledge of and experience in the operation and maintenance of two gas source isotope ratio mass spectrometers including a gas chromatographic system, an elemental analyzer, a carbonate analyzer, and a thermo-chemolysis system required.

• Solid leadership skills associated with planning work assignments, establishing priorities and scheduling instructional space required.

• Solid interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty and staff required.

• Knowledge of data acquisition and analysis techniques required.

• Advanced knowledge of stable isotope chemistry research discipline or instructional design to collaborate effectively with faculty and function as a resource to research and instructional associates required.

• Strong abilities to conduct and report on scientific experiments and findings required.

• Knowledge of necessary lab safety procedures & requirements & chemical disposal guidelines required.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system. 

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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