Technician and Research Scientists Positions: Organic Geochemistry and Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry, University of Southampton

The Ocean and Earth Science department at the University of Southampton (UK)
invites applications for two full-time specialist positions in Organic Geochemistry and Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry. We seek enthusiastic individuals with good teamwork, communication, multi-tasking and organisational skills. We offer a modern, multidisciplinary and innovative working environment and an opportunity to work with a spectrum of preparation techniques and instrumental methods. Analytical scientists from
all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Ocean and Earth Science department is based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). NOCS represents an unparalleled investment in marine and Earth science and technology in the UK. It opened in 1995 in a purpose-built waterfront campus as a collaboration between the University of Southampton and the Natural Environment Research Council. The Centre houses around 500 staff and the University component comprises about 120 staff, 600 undergraduate, and 200 postgraduate students. We have strong links across the University with other disciplines, including biology, chemistry, geography, engineering, physics, and medical science.

Organic Geochemistry Technician (Reference: 315313HN)
We seek a research scientist/technician to manage a newly established organic geochemistry laboratory at NOCS, which is primarily focused on the application of biomarker proxies to reconstruct palaeoclimatic and environmental change. The successful applicant will be responsible for development, implementation and validation of organic extraction and column separation methods to support instrumental analysis by gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS and HPLC/MS). Past experience with column chromatography methods, especially for compound isolation from sample materials with complex natural matrices is essential. Familiarity with gas-source light stable isotope ratio analysis is also desired. Preference will be given to individuals with a proven record of research involvement. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Research Scientist (Reference: 315213HN)
A research scientist/technician is required in light stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry (C, O, and N). The successful applicant will be responsible for maintenance support and day-to-day running of the stable isotope facility at NOCS which analyses carbonate, water, and organic samples as part of a wide range of projects in the geological, marine, and environmental sciences. Responsibilities include oversight of three existing gas-source mass spectrometers, operated in both dual-inlet and continuous-flow modes, and two new IRMS instruments. Preference will be given to individuals with a proven track record and a combination of skills in laboratory management, collaborative research projects, instrument troubleshooting, data handling, method development, and lab user training.
Extensive experience in the operation of automated peripheral devices for on-line preparation of carbonate and organic samples, maintenance of vacuum systems, and diagnosis of instrument electronic problems is also desired. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Procedure & Contact Information
The closing date for both positions is Friday, 20 December 2013. Applications must be submitted through the online system. For more information contact Dr Jessica Whiteside (J.Whiteside@soton.ac.uk), Dr Steve Bohaty (S.Bohaty@noc.soton.ac.uk), or Prof Paul Wilson (paul.wilson@noc.soton.ac.uk).

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