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LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

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Appointment Type: Staff Full-time
Department: Geosciences
Categories: Staff

Work Days: Monday-Friday 
Shift Start/End Time: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Hours Per Week: 40
Weeks Per Year: 50

The Union College Department of Geosciences is seeking a full time Laboratory Technician with expertise in stable isotope geochemistry. The Stable Isotope Laboratory and Sediment Core Laboratory technician will be responsible for overseeing a broad range of research activities conducted using a Thermo Delta Advantage isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS), Gas Bench, Costech EA, TCEA, Picarro L2140i CRDS, Micromill, 6-digit analytical balance, Coulter LS 230 particle size analyzer, UIC coulometers and autofurnace, Automate acidification module, MetrOhm auto-titrator, and an ICP-MS. 

The Laboratory Technician will split their time between both laboratories, work with students and faculty researchers, train and oversee work-study students, prepare samples and standards, operate and maintain instrumentation, and conduct research. Major research projects include the Peruvian Andes lake and cave project, several other smaller lake core projects, bivalve shell geochemistry, other stalagmite geochemistry projects, and stable isotopes in tree-rings. Opportunities for independent research exist. 

This is a full-time two-year position with the possibility of annual renewals. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Overseeing the daily operations, maintenance, data quality, and use of instrumentation in the Stable Isotope and Sediment Core Laboratories that support the IRMS and peripherals and the CRDS used for multiple isotope analyses of O, C, N, and H in diverse substrates. This includes preparing samples and standards, washing glassware, keeping track of consumables, and interfacing with lab users.
  2. Overseeing the daily operations, maintenance, data quality, and use of associated instrumentation including a Micromill, 6-digit analytical balance, particle size analyzer, coulometers, MetrOhm auto-titrator, and an ICP-MS.
  3. Quality assurance of data. 
  4. Oversight of laboratory safety, waste, instrumentation status.
  5. Oversight and responsibility for undergraduate work-study students, including training and scheduling. 
  6. Oversight, training, and responsibility for student, faculty, and visitors using the laboratories.
  7. Development of new protocols and writing clear documentation of currently used protocols.
  8. Conducting, presenting, and writing independent research.

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's degree in a science related field with more than 1 year IRMS experience and/or a combination of relevant education, training, certifications, and/or work experience. 
  2. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to be impartial and establish rapport with a diverse range of campus community members.
  3. Ability to pay attention to details, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines.
  4. Ability to work effectively under pressure in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment and meet established goals and objectives.
  5. Ability to work independently.
  6. Ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively at a height of more than five feet and to manipulate very small samples. 
  7. Ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. 
  8. Ability to safely handle potentially hazardous chemicals while observing OSHA-mandated chemical hygiene regulations.

Preferred qualifications:

  1. Master's degree in a related science field. 
  2. Previous experience with IRMS systems.
  3. Geochemical research experience, specifically with stable isotopes, that has led to publication in peer-reviewed international journals
  4. Experience teaching undergraduate students and involvement in undergraduate student-faculty research that has had a significant component of geochemical analysis

First consideration will be given to those who apply by September 30, 2022. The position will remain open until a qualified applicant pool is identified.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, criminal history background check and pre-employment physical where applicable.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.



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