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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The SCIPP (Stable and Clumped Isotopes for Paleoclimate and Paleoceanography) Lab (PI: Asst. Prof. Sierra Petersen) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department is looking to hire a full-time laboratory manager beginning September 2019 or later. The SCIPP Lab operates out of the UM Stable Isotope Lab, a 3-PI shared lab space that was fully renovated in the last year. We operate two mass spectrometers: 1) a Nu Perspective + NuCarb for automated clumped isotope analyses, and 2) a Thermo MAT 253 + vacuum line for manual clumped isotope analyses and run samples for colleagues and collaborators around the world.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • 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.


  • Oversee daily operations for a lab that operates two (2) mass spectrometers, including sample preparation and analysis, data quality control, instrument troubleshooting and repair, and compliance with safety standards.
  • Train and Assist graduate and undergraduate students on the mass spectrometers including demonstrating various laboratory techniques and best practices for the instruments.
  • Responsible for preparing standard materials, maintaining supplies, and organizing shared usage of equipment.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree in a natural science discipline such as earth science, chemistry, or environmental sciences or engineering with secondary educational knowledge in geoscience as a plus. The candidate should have experience and expertise in stable isotopic analysis of carbonate materials, diagnosing and repairing lab equipment, laboratory management, and standard lab safety protocols. The candidate should be organized, have attention to detail, with the ability to work well with others in a shared lab space environment.

Desired Qualifications*

Master's degree and/or previous working experience with Nu Perspective + NuCarb and Thermo MAT 253 instruments and/or the clumped isotope technique.

Additional Information

The salary range for this position is $37,600 - $47,000.


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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.