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Assistant Project Scientist - Stable Isotope Lab

Recruitment Period

Open April 12th, 2019 through Sunday, Sep 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced also built the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Office of Research and Economic Development is seeking an Assistant Project Scientist in the Stable Isotope Lab (SIL ) to lend expertise to collaborations and projects in the Stable Isotope Core Facility. The selected candidate will be under the general supervision of the SIL Director and the Core Facilities Executive Director and will work with considerable independence in conjunction with faculty, students, and researchers.

The candidate will be responsible for data generation and quality assurance/quality control for all SIL users, which includes the maintenance and troubleshooting of the stable isotope mass spectrometers and associated peripherals. An integral component of this position is administration and oversight and includes implementation of facility policies and recharge structure, delivering training and informal workshops; involvement in outreach activities within the university and community. The candidate will also publish work, seek extramural funding, and provide mentoring and guidance to postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students working in association with the SIL.

Finally, the position will involve working with faculty and other researchers to prepare methodology sections in grant applications, implement analysis plans, optimize techniques and analyses, and provide guidance to investigators on experiment design and analysis issues.

Duties include:
• Supervises operation of research laboratory and performs necessary maintenance and repair of laboratory instruments;
• Consults, supervises and coordinates the activities of laboratory users and support staff in experimental design, interpretation of results, and instructional goals;
• Contributes to original research within the lab, which includes: co-authorship on scientific publications, seeking external funding, and presentations at professional meetings and/or serve as a reviewer for grant proposals and journal manuscripts;
• Ensures regulatory compliance relative to safety in small to medium or single facility;
• Performs or supervises laboratory inventory and purchasing;
• Coordinates with business operations as a core facility at UC Merced (provides documentation for invoicing as well as determines annual and long term budget needs);
• Attends and contributes to UC Merced’s community of lab managers at core facilities, relevant graduate groups (i.e., QSB or ES seminars), and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

To be considered for the position, a Ph.D. degree required. 2 years of prior experience in stable isotope analysis, or related field, is preferred. Applicants should have a record of academic accomplishments including contributions to published or in-press research and a demonstrated record of university and/or public service. Given the nature of samples analyzed at the UC Merced Stable Isotope Lab, knowledge related to soils and/or ecology is preferred. Prior experience with gas chromatography and compound specific isotope analysis is also desirable.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter briefly describing experience and interest in position, 2) Curriculum Vitae including employment history, education, training, and publications, and 3) a list of two references minimum with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address; 4) a Diversity Statement relating to experiences and efforts towards diversity, equity, and inclusion within professional settings; this will be submitted through the recruit system.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible; review of applications will be immediately. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of 09/01/2019.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)