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In addition to applying via, please contact Prof. Petersen by email at Please provide a CV and a cover letter describing relevant prior experience and/or particular reason for interest in the position (if appropriate). We will begin reviewing applications September 30, 2021, continuing until the position is filled.

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 Research Laboratory Technician Lead beginning October 2021 or later.  The SCIPP Lab operates out of the UM Stable Isotope Lab, a fully renovated 3-PI shared lab space. We operate two mass spectrometers: 1) a Nu Perspective + NuCarb for automated clumped isotope analyses, and 2) a Thermo MAT 253 for oxygen isotopes of water 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.


Day to day responsibilities include:

  • 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, keeping consumable supplies in stock, organizing shared usage of equipment, and maintaining a clean and organized lab environment.

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 or similar, diagnosing and repairing complex lab equipment, laboratory management, and standard lab safety protocols. The ideal candidate is organized, has a strong attention to detail, and 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 $38,900 - $48,600.  Wage will be determined based on candidate qualifications.


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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.

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


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