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Research Associate

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island (US)
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Jan 15, 2023

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The Paleoclimate and Climate Change Lab at Brown University seeks a Research Associate (RA) to provide high-level oversight to the lab and to support and contribute to a diverse portfolio of research projects. The RA will manage operations of the lab's analytical facilities including an ICP-OES for geochemical analyses and multiple cavity ringdown spectrometers for water isotope analyses, and provide assistance to student research assistants and visiting researchers alike. Responsibilities include instrument operation, scheduling, and maintenance; lab purchasing and related paperwork; sample preparation; data and metadata analysis, quality control, and archival; training and oversight of student research assistants and other lab personnel; ensuring compliance with environmental health and safety guidelines. The RA will also engage in independent research projects with other researchers at Brown and with external collaborations, and will support drafting of manuscripts, and preparation of grants.

This position is a full-time, 12-month position fully funded by a combination of internal funding and external grants for a minimum period of 5yrs, with the possibility of renewal thereafter. Brown offers a professional development track for Research Associates that includes the possibility of promotion to Professor of Research that would allow for teaching and advising roles, if of interest. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Lab Director Dr. Kim Cobb with any questions about this opportunity.

Education and Experience

• Master’s Degree in geosciences or related field with a minimum of 5 years of experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience).

• Ph.D. is preferred.

• Prior experience in climate, paleoclimate, and/or oceanographic research.

• Experience operating analytical instrumentation.

• Experience with data analysis and visualization software (e.g. R, Matlab, Python)

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Experience with Google suite, MS Office

• Scientific writing and reporting.

• Experience in training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

• Experience in the analysis of high-resolution climate archives such as corals, speleothems, tree rings, ice cores, lake, and marine sediments, etc.

• Project management experience preferred.

• Preparation of proposals for sponsored research.

• Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification that are satisfactory to Brown University.




Our department is known across the Brown campus as being open and friendly. Twenty faculty guide 40-50 undergraduate concentrators and 40-50 graduate students in a collaborative and fun learning environment.

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