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University of Washington - Academic

Seattle, WA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The School of Oceanography fosters continued advancement of the ocean sciences, solutions to problems of societal relevance, and public awareness of the marine environment. It is at the forefront of creating knowledge and understanding about the ocean through observation, theory, modeling and technological innovation. The School focuses on learning and discovery, equipping students with knowledge and insights, scholarly methods, scientific tools and communication skills.

The School of Oceanography, within the College of the Environment, has an outstanding opportunity for a Research SCIENTIST/Engineer 2.

We seek to hire a research SCIENTIST to work in a new isotope geochemistry/ocean acidification lab in the School of Oceanography. The Gagnon Lab uses a suite of geochemical techniques to study biomineralization in coral and foraminifera, with applications in ocean acidification and paleoceanography. The research SCIENTIST will prepare carbonate or seawater samples (column chemistry, isotope-dilution, micromilling thin sections, etc.) and analyze the samples by mass spectrometry (on a Nu Plasma MC-ICP-MS and/or a new SF-ICP-MS). Additional responsibilities include analytical methods development, co-supervising undergraduate research interns, working closely with graduate students and postdocs, saltwater aquarium upkeep, data reduction, maintaining lab records, training new users, and lab/instrument maintenance. The job may also involve occasional multi-day research trips to use NanoSIMS, atom probe tomography, or other instruments at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Richland, WA. More information about research in the Gagnon Lab can be found online:

M.S. or B.S./B.A. in geochemistry, chemistry, earth sciences, or related discipline. Two or more years of experience operating mass-spectrometers (MC-ICP-MS and/or TIMS) and preparing samples in a clean lab setting is preferred, but exceptionally motivated applicants with a strong quantitative/analytical background will also be considered.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Familiarity with Matlab is also a plus. The candidate should be detail oriented, easy to work with, highly motivated, and interested in mastering new techniques.

Condition of Employment:
-Start date is somewhat negotiable between July and September 2013.

-This position is funded for one-year and is contingent upon continued funding for an additional year.

Application Process:

Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select Apply to this Position on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your My Jobs page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

Please include previous research experience and three references in resume or cover letter.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or


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