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Research Officer - AR1942SB

University of St Andrews - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Location: St Andrews
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 20th September 2019
Closes: 18th October 2019
Job Ref: 246155

Start: As soon as possible

We are seeking an individual to provide research and technical support to our state-of-the-art gas source IRMS and Geobiology laboratories. These host two Thermo-Finnigan Mat 253 gas source mass spectrometers, one tuned to quadruple S isotope analyses by fluorination and set up for N and C isotope analyses by combustion. They also house a Delta Plus with a gasbench and a TC/EA for C and O isotopes, a GC-MS, an Ion Chromatograph and a Picarro CRDS.

The role of the successful applicant will include:

  • maintaining the instruments (MAT253s, Delta Plus XP, GC-MS, IC, CRDS) and their peripherals, troubleshooting technical problems and ensuring that the labs are generating high quality data across a range of applications;
  • developing, maintaining and optimising standard methods and bespoke sample preparation techniques including, for example, sulphur distillation lines, oxic Fe extractions, fluorination of S phases for isotope analyses, vacuum crushing of silicates and photochemical experiments;
  • helping train laboratory users, including external visitors, post-doctoral research fellows and postgraduate and undergraduate students;
  • managing purchase orders for the isotope and the Geobiology prep labs;
  • forging and maintaining collaborations with academic and industrial partners who require analyses from the facilities;
  • contributing to teaching short laboratory-based practicals for MSc students; and
  • oversight of lab safety procedures.

This is a standard position.

For further details about the research programs and position duties please contact via email Dr Eva Stüeken,, or Dr Mark Claire,, in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter (see:

Please quote ref:  AR1942SB

Closing Date:  18 October 2019

Interview Date:  5 November 2019

Further Particulars:  AR1942SB FPs.doc

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