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30% - Performing iron silicate precipitation experiments in the absence and presence of low oxygen and iron-oxidizing photosynthesis, characterizing these precipitates using laboratory UV-vis and Raman methods as well as departmental X-ray Diffraction and Secondary Electron Microscopy techniques.

30% - Documenting characterization of precipitates using spectroscopic and other techniques; compiling this data into plots; drafting preliminary figures for manuscripts.

15% - Train and instruct other lab members on use of laboratory techniques, instruments, methods, and procedures. 

15% - Acts as the specialist on laboratory methods, maintaining functioning anoxic glove boxes, Raman microprobe, and other equipment; troubleshoot laboratory issues and recommend/implement solutions. 

10% - Purchase laboratory supplies and equipment; set up equipment / instruments in coordination with PI and vendor representatives.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelors in Earth Science (Geoscience) or Chemistry with 1 to 3 years experience in an active research laboratory environment.  Strong organizational, problem solving, and computer skills needed with a proficiency in the full Microsoft suite of software, Adobe Illustrator, and Sixpack (synchrotron data analysis software). The successful applicant will be a highly motivated, ambitious individual who actively seeks opportunities to improve skills and expertise and lab efficiency.  Must demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Ideal candidate will have experience with working in anaerobic chambers, growing iron-oxidizing phototrophs such as Rhodopseudomonas palustris, analyzing samples using synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy, and measuring solution chemistry using UV-vis spectroscopy. 

Additional Information

The appointment period for this position is 8/1/2018 - 7/31/2020.

Additional Information

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  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.