Research Technician - 11501BR

Research Technician

Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

This is advanced technical research work in the preparation of geological samples for analysis including design, fabrication, installation, maintenance, technique development and operation. This work includes primarily, the cutting and polishing of rock samples for preparation of polished thin sections, polished rock slabs and the preparation and polishing of epoxy grain mounts. Work may also include preparation and analysis of other geological samples, maintenance and repair of rock preparation and microscope equipment, inventory and ordering of expendables for laboratories, training of other users in proper use of equipment and preparation of geological samples. Work will include invoicing for the services provided and active advertising and marketing of services to potential users within and outside the university. Work will include an original research aspect focused on technique development in geologic sample preparation and database duties relating to rock and thin section collections. Must have physical ability to operate rock preparation equipment and to prepare thin sections for analysis. This position is contingent upon available funding.

Job Description

30% Thin section preparation, including staining.
25% Rock preparation: sawing, slabbing and polishing of thin section billets.
15% Sample preparation for SEM, geochemistry and other geologic applications.
10% Train and oversee other users in proper use of equipment and preparation of geological samples.
5% Inventory and archive existing rock and thin section collections, including digital imaging and creation of data catalogs.
5% Maintain and repair specialized equipment including microscopes and rock and thin section preparation equipment.
5% Invoice customers/users for services. Maintain up-to-date pricelist. Inventory and order consumables for rock preparation laboratories.
5% Perform other duties as necessary; this includes developing techniques for preparation of geological samples including design and fabrication of equipment and laboratory facilities.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from professional references:
  1. High school diploma/GED.
  2. At least one year of coursework, training, or job experience that is rock-based, and training or experience in optical mineralogy.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. B.S. or B.A. degree in geology or closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated expertise in preparation of polished thin sections of rock samples.
  3. Demonstrated expertise in petrographic analysis of thin sections of rocks.
  4. Demonstrated expertise in maintenance and repair of equipment in rock preparation laboratory.
  5. Demonstrated experience in geologic research.
  6. Demonstrated experience in training of individuals in rock preparation techniques.
  7. Demonstrated expertise in technique development in preparation and analysis of geologic samples.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Complete online application includes: Cover Letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references.
Initial review of applications will begin 4/27/18 and continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.

Contact Information to Applicants

Andreas Moeller

Advertised Salary Range

Salary starts at $44,500; commensurate with experience

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