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Research Scientist (Open Rank), Radiocarbon Dating & Geochronology Lab

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Research Scientist (Open Rank), Center for Applied Isotope Studies Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory

The University of Georgia’s (UGA) Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS) seeks to hire a research scientist at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Senior Research Scientist in the Radiocarbon Dating group with expertise in chemistry and geochemistry to join the laboratory.  This is a non-tenure track faculty position on UGA’s Research Scientist track ( The incumbent will be a member of the UGA CAIS Research Scientist faculty. 

The Radiocarbon Dating group conducts radiocarbon AMS and stable isotope ratio analyses for researchers around the world.  The laboratory serves to promote the CAIS missions of enhancing the global reputation of UGA as a research institution, providing quality analytical services to researchers, and preparing Georgia students for STEM careers. The lab is a fee-for-service analytical testing facility serving the UGA research community and external clientele including, but not limited to, academic institutions, government agencies, and private companies worldwide. The successful candidate will be involved in sample preparation, method development, client communication, data analysis, and report preparation. The incumbent will work closely with clients and collaborators to develop tailored methods and novel approaches in the areas of stable isotope geochemistry, paleodietary studies, radiocarbon dating, and other analytical methods. The appointee is also expected to establish independence in research design and execution and publish in peer-reviewed literature. The duties also involve management of analytical projects and laboratory staff; creating reports and invoicing clients for services; tracking laboratory budget and expenditures and pursuing external funding.

The preferred qualifications are a PhD in chemistry/geochemistry or related fields plus 5 years of experience in geochemistry laboratory operation, troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing the instrumentation.  Background in preparing and analyzing samples for radiocarbon dating. The successful candidate will have effective interpersonal skills; excellent oral communication and ability to present the results of research in scientific conferences; excellent written communication and ability to write proposals for external funding; ability to supervise students and technicians.

The application packet should include a cover letter, a current Resume/CV, a writing sample and contact information for three references. Complete applications should be submitted online at Direct questions to Dr. Ravi Prasad, PhD. (chair of search committee) at  Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by 10/15/2021 however, screening will continue until the position is filled.  Proposed start date will be on or after 1/1/2022.

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