Laboratory Coordinator - Tucson, AZ, USA

The Tropical Climate & Coral Reefs Laboratory in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona is seeking a laboratory coordinator. The laboratory uses natural archives of past climate—primarily from corals and lake systems—to study tropical climate variability and change.


This is a full-time position at the University of Tucson Arizona. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled (start date summer or fall 2021; flexible hours and start date can be negotiated). Salary depends upon experience.


The successful applicant will help oversee three separate laboratories for (1) preparation of carbonate samples, (2) preparation of lake and marine sediment samples, and (3) trace elemental geochemistry. The trace elemental clean laboratory houses an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (Thermo Element 2), dedicated analysis of trace elemental ratios in marine carbonates (Sr/Ca, Mn/Ca, B/Ca, Li/Ca, Mg/Ca, Li/Mg), and trace metal concentrations in aqueous materials (primarily seawaters, digested sediments and pore waters).


The ideal candidate has expertise in elemental analyses, diagnosing and repairing lab equipment, laboratory management, and standard lab safety protocols; is well-organized with attention to detail; and has strong interpersonal and communications skills. Experience with similar ICP-MS equipment (i.e., Element 2 or other magnetic sector/sector field) is particularly desirable.

In addition to the geochemical facilities, candidates have the opportunity (as desired) to lead research projects in the Biosphere 2 Ocean—the largest experimental ocean and coral reef in the world.


Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter to Diane Thompson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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