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Assistant Director, Center for Isotope Geochemistry

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $74,050 to $92,550; salary commensurate with relevant experience.
Closing date
Aug 28, 2021

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The Assistant Director, Center for Isotope Geochemistry, oversees the daily operation and general oversight of two critical instruments located within the Center for Isotope Geochemistry. These include a brand new LA-ICPMS system and an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (IRMS). These instruments comprise the geochemical infrastructure of CIESR: the Center for Integrated Environmental Systems Research.

The Assistant Director is responsible for laboratory safety, user training and support, carrying out calibrations, data reductions, assessment of data quality, and instrument maintenance, including responsibility for diagnosing and trouble-shooting problems. They will also participate in the production, interpretation, and dissemination of geochemical data. In addition, the Assistant Director may be asked to help support other research equipment in the Center for Isotope Geochemistry. The primary purpose of this position is to ensure that the geochemical infrastructure of CIESR located within the Center for Isotope Geochemistry operates efficiently while maintaining the highest standards to optimize the research productivity and educational opportunities for BC faculty and staff, students, their collaborators, and other external users.

The Assistant Director will directly supervise and assist undergraduate and graduate students each year from Boston College and outside institutions as they conduct research in the Center for Isotope Geochemistry.
The Assistant Director should have at least four years of experience in isotope geochemistry ideally including LA-ICPMS and/or IRMS. A doctoral degree in Earth Science, Geochemistry, Chemistry or a related field is preferred; a masters is the minimum requirement. One or more years of experience in managing a geochemical laboratory is highly desirable.

Occasional out of hours availability required in case issues emerge with instruments or users.
Must be capable of lifting up to 50 pounds.


The Assistant Director must have a working knowledge of geochemistry and geochemical laboratory procedures, and must be knowledgeable of or capable of learning the operation of (LA-)ICPMS and EA-IRMS with the support of faculty/staff members and service engineers.

Significant background in isotopic geochemical research, reporting and dissemination of data, and interpretation of data (via student research or job experience) is required. Optimally this will include several years’ experience in managing a research laboratory with analytical mass spectrometry, ideally with (LA-)ICPMS and IRMS including troubleshooting, routine maintenance, software and hardware applications, as well as sample preparation for these instruments.

A doctoral degree in Earth Science, Geochemistry, Chemistry or a related field is preferred. A minimum of a master’s degree in one of the same fields is required.

Please include the names of three references with submission.

Additional Information:

This is currently a grant funded position for 2 ½ years with the possibility for continued funding beyond that period.

For questions or further detail please consider reaching out to Dr. Stephanie Walker (, Prof. Ethan Baxter (, or Prof. Xingchen (Tony) Wang (

Applications will be reviewed starting September 1st, 2021. 


Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts background checks including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status.  To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at


Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Today it is one of the nation's foremost universities, with an enrollment of nearly 14,700 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Each year the University confers more than 4,000 degrees in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research and have been honored by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education and the MacArthur Foundation. Boston College is ranked 31st among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Boston College students have earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including Rhodes Scholarships, Marshalls, Goldwaters and Fulbright grants. Each year, undergraduates devote some 550,000 hours to community service.

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