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Researcher/Scientist IV
Tucson, AZ, United States
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Researcher/Scientist IV
Posting Number req16281
Department Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Department Website Link
Location Main Campus
Address Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights Background: The Kuiper Materials Imaging and Characterization Facility (KMICF) at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona ( invites applications for the position of Researcher/Scientist IV. KMICF is an analytical facility dedicated to research excellence in imaging, spectroscopy, and analysis of heterogeneous materials from the millimeter to atomic scale. Laboratories include electron microprobe, scanning electron microscopes, transmission electron microscope, focused ion beam electron microscope, and to-be-installed nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometer (NanoSIMS).

The research scientist will work with the instrument scientist and be responsible for managing daily operations of the NanoSIMS laboratory, training users, managing bookings, and maintenance work. The research scientist will also recommend lab/instrument upgrades, collaborate on funded work, actively participate in acquisition of funding for lab upgrades and research. The KMICF will figure prominently in the analysis of samples to be returned from asteroid Bennu by NASAís OSIRIS-REx Mission (, and so the successful candidate will have an opportunity to participate directly in measurements of the returned sample. The successful candidate will be a highly organized individual with knowledge of electron and ion-beam instrumentation and laboratory practices. A professional demeanor and demonstrated interpersonal skills are required for working with all levels of users including students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, other staff scientists, their guests, and visitors, as well as the public.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Operate and maintain CAMECA nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometer a complex $650,000/year research project. Issues require a high degree of innovation without direct supervision. Responsible for equipment troubleshooting and performing, or coordinating instrument maintenance, service, and repair. Manage scheduling, maintain lab records (including data archiving), establish and monitor compliance with safe operating procedures, submit monthly billing, and order supplies to maintain equipment. Recommend lab/instrument upgrades and keep abreast of new developments in the field to advance knowledge and facility capabilities.†
  • Exhibits ability to transfer knowledge of complex concepts to provide individual and/or group training sessions and certify new users for safe and proper instrument use. May disseminate expert technical knowledge at technical conferences.†
  • Co-authors publications from funded and future funded work. At the instrument PI discretion, may present research at meetings or conferences.†
  • Actively participates as an investigator in acquiring funding for instrument upgrades, sample preparation, technique development, and/or research. This can include initiating and writing grant proposals.†
  • Communication with research peers, PI, University, NASA, and a diverse user base for the NanoSIMS laboratory.†

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Fundamental knowledge on the operating characteristics of mass spectrometers, vacuum systems, and data storage.
  • Excellent oral/written communication in English and superior organization skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related field with strong isotope geo/cosmochemistry background.
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience is required.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum of 2 years of laboratory-management experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in independent operation of NanoSIMS including experience with trouble shooting and instrument maintenance.
  • Proven independent experience with ion mass spectrometers (NanoSIMS, SIMS or SHRIMP).
  • Demonstrated track record in research using such instrumentation.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Fiscal
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay DOE
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Grade 10
Career Stream and Level PC4
Job Family Researchers & Scientists
Job Function Research
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date 6/19/2023
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Jessica Barnes
Open Date 6/1/2023
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Resume and Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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