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Lab Manager in Organic and Trace Metal Geochemistry

Lab Manager in Organic and Trace Metal Geochemistry

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University of Colorado Boulder

As the University’s oldest institute, INSTAAR has a long history of responding to pressing environmental issues including climate change. Our traditional focus has been on alpine, Arctic, and Antarctic regions, where effects of global change are especially pronounced. In recent decades, our research has broadened to include environmental challenges that span local, regional, and global scales. INSTAAR’s research activities integrate field studies, state-of-the-art laboratory experiments, sample analysis, and numerical and laboratory modeling. Our field sites are located across all seven continents and the world’s oceans.

Our expertise across disciplines helps us generate influential science that can inform public and policy decisions and move us toward a more sustainable society. INSTAAR’s national and international research leadership is augmented by exceptional strength in graduate education and bringing undergraduates into the research process.

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As the flagship university of the state of Colorado, CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners with a proud tradition of academic excellence situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. The University of Colorado offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, retirement savings and wellness programs. Collectively, CU-Boulder researchers produce more papers in the geosciences—and generate more citations to those papers—than those at any other university in the world. The Boulder area is recognized by its elevated quality of life, vibrant community, outdoor activities, outstanding educational and public transport systems, and impressive landscape. For more information about CU Boulder, the SEEC building, and its several related departments and institutes please visit:


Boulder, Colorado, United States of America


Full time

Entry level

60000 - 70000 € / Year, Salary will be commensurate with experience and training, either as a Professional Research Assistant (bachelor’s, master’s) or Research Associate (PhD).

Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

24 August 2022

Job description

Profs. Julio Sepúlveda and Tom Marchitto are seeking a full-time laboratory manager to oversee the Organic Geochemistry and Trace Metal Labs in the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Both labs are housed in the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Laboratory (SEEL) building, a thriving hub of Earth scientists, biologists, ecologists, and environmental engineers. The starting date is flexible, although Fall 2022 is preferred, and the appointment split will be 60% with PI Sepúlveda and 40% with PI Marchitto.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with excellent communication and organizational skills to oversee instrumentation in gas and liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-QQQ-MS and HPLC-Orbitrap MS), and magnetic sector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Our research groups investigate organic and inorganic chemical signatures in both modern and ancient sedimentary systems to address key questions in oceanography, biogeochemistry, paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, and geobiology. The initial appointment will be for two years with the possibility of renewal pending evaluation.

Primary responsibilities will include (a) daily operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of analytical instrumentation, (b) laboratory oversight, including the ordering, inventory, storage, and maintenance of laboratory supplies, © training of lab personnel, (d) sample preparation and analysis, and (e) method development.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, engineering, or related fields, at least one year of demonstrated experience with the operation and maintenance of mass spectrometers and peripherals, and ability to train and supervise students, post-docs, and research staff in laboratory methods.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s or PhD in the Earth sciences (or natural sciences, engineering, or related fields) with a passion for research, more than two years of hands-on experience with the operation, maintenance, standardization of methods and quality control protocols for GC-MS, HPLC-MS and/or ICP-MS, and experience with lipidomics and/or trace element research. Coding experience is desirable.

How to apply

Applications are accepted electronically in the link below and must include: (a) a letter of interest with a detailed description of previous lab and managerial experience, (b) curriculum vitae, and © the names and contact information of three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin in mid-September and will be accepted until the position is filled.