Staff Associate

Palisades, New York
Jul 12, 2018
Aug 11, 2018
Career Level
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for a Staff Associate.  The Staff Associate will be responsible for managing and operating Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry and -Optical Emissions Spectroscopy (iCAP Q ICP-MS and iCAP6500 ICP-OES), trace metal cleaning laboratory, sediment washing facility, as well as the microscopy lab. This includes operating, maintaining, training and conducting method development for specific applications on both ICP instruments. Participates and collaborates with the lead principle investigator on research aims from sample preparation, method development, QA/QC, and research project development and execution. Trains students, post-docs, and visiting scientists on methods and instrument use. Responsibilities may also include: sample prep and loading for stable isotopic analysis, as well as occasional deep-sea core sampling, and foraminifera picking.  Responsible for preparing and tracking lab use, billing, and budgeting.

Candidates should have a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science, or Oceanography and 4 years of related experience required, or Master’s Degree in same fields with 2 years experience. Demonstrated competence in ICP MS and ICP OES instrumentation and sample preparation / analysis, as well as light stable isotope mass spectrometery. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skill; ability to use independent judgment required. Proposal writing experience preferred.  Database experience, Matlab familiarity as well as Excel/Word knowledge and skills required. 

Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1, contingent upon performance and funding.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

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Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -- Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.


We accept online applications only.