Staff Associate

Palisades, New York
Aug 05, 2019
Sep 04, 2019
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The Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics division at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is seeking a Staff Associate to join their successful team. The successful candidate with be responsible for managing and operating a newly fabricated triaxial apparatus, a general purpose, ambient pressure, uniaxial rig, a cryogenic biax, and misc. furnaces and machining tools.

Duties & Responsibilities include: 
• Tasks include preparing samples, running experiments on serpentinization, carbon mineralization, and reaction-driven cracking, including measurement of permeability and acoustic emissions, and characterization of microstructure and mineralogy of reactants and products. 
• Tasks will evolve with the research interests of lead investigators and the successful candidate. 
• Participate and collaborate with lead investigators on the reporting of results via publication. 
• Maintain lab equipment, run calibrations, and assist in deformation studies of various Earth and planetary materials. 
• Will train students, postdocs and visiting scientists on methods and instrument use.
• Knowledge of hydraulic systems, electrical wiring, machining and tooling, data acquisition, and sample preparation are needed. Experience with characterization of mineralogy and microstructure is a plus. 
• Run triax experiments, prepare samples, and characterize results.
• Develop and follow an apparatus maintenance schedule, run calibrations.

The Staff Associate will receive general supervision and direction from the Lamont Assistant Research Professor. Will exercise independent judgement and initiative with parameters defined by the Lamont Assistant Research Professor. In addition, will work closely with the other lead investigators on long-term planning and development. Will oversee the lab activities of various lab users including summer casual employees and graduate students.

Bachelor’s degree in engineering or the geosciences and 4 years of related experience required, or a Master’s Degree in engineering or the geosciences and 2 years of related experience required. Demonstrated competence in running experiments required; experience running experiments at elevated confining pressure is preferable. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, and ability to use independent judgment required. Excellent writing experience preferred. Matlab and Labview familiarity required.

Columbia University is Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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