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Research Technician Environmental/Analytical Chemistry

Research Technician Position in Trace Metal Analysis
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

A research technician position is available immediately in the Mercury/Microbial Ecology Laboratory at SERC. We are looking for an experienced BS- or MS-level trace metal analyst to work with our group to study the biogeochemistry of mercury. This is a full-time annual appointment with benefits.

Primary duties will be:
1) Mercury and methylmercury analysis by GC-ICP-MS, LC-ICP-
MS, CVAF and other techniques
2) Other instrumental environmental analyses, potentially including GC, IC, ICP-OES, and DOC analyses
3) Method development for trace metal speciation

Additional duties depending on the applicant’s qualifications and interests could include:
4) Field work on the biogeochemistry of Hg methylation
5) Microbial research

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: M.S. in a relevant field (e.g. chemistry, geochemistry) or a B.S. plus two years of specific related experience in analytical chemistry is required. Candidate must have significant experience in analytical instrumental analysis, preferably analysis of trace metals. Other desirable skills include experience in trace–metal clean technique, databases, anaerobic technique and field biogeochemistry. Familiarity with data analysis in Excel and/or Access is required. A current valid driver’s license is required, and US citizenship or permanent residency. The successful candidate must clear a thorough background investigation prior to employment.

Experienced applicants are encouraged to apply.

SALARY: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience, up to the equivalent salaryof a GS-9. The available position is a Smithsonian Trust position, funded through a variety of research grants including NSF, DOE, and industry support. This is NOT a federal position. The initial term of this appointment is 12 months and continued support is contingent upon successful performance and the continued availability of funding. This position includes full benefits, including annual and sick leave, access to health insurance and a 403(b) retirement plan.

TO APPLY: To apply, please email a cover letter, vita/resume, transcript(s), and contact information for at least 3 references to Cynthia Gilmour (gilmourc@si.edu). Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.