Research Specialist - MIni CArbon DAting System (MICADAS)

Position overview

Salary range: $49,000 - 173,900

Application Window

Open date: March 6, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Mar 6, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Research specialist position opportunity - MICADAS for Climate Change and Air Quality Research

The W. M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (KCCAMS) facility at the University of California, Irvine is expanding its analytical capabilities, including the detection of radiocarbon (14C) in microgram-sized samples, with the addition of a MIni CArbon DAting System (MICADAS) to support climate change and air quality research. The MICADAS is accompanied by multiple devices that facilitate the direct injection of CO2 to the spectrometer and the automated production of graphite targets. Funding for instrumentation and a new specialist has been granted by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The KCCAMS facility seeks a team member interested in longer-term employment to support the operation of the MICADAS and its periphery. Primary responsibilities include the operation and maintenance of the MICADAS and its periphery, data analysis, sample processing, taking an active role in laboratory safety, and communicating with and training of facility users, including students and researchers. The successful candidate is expected to devote approximately 80% of their time to the operation of the MICADAS and associated laboratory, and the remainder to research with a focus on method development.

Candidates are expected to have a STEM college degree and background in accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) physics or chemistry with a proven disposition toward experimental techniques and applications. Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree, Ms. or PhD degree in engineering, physics, radiochemistry or similar AMS-related field.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The position will be initially for one year, renewable dependent on applicant personal contributions to the project. Review of applicants will begin in March 2023 and remain open until filled.

Outstanding benefits are among the many rewards of working for the University of California (UC). By offering comprehensive and competitive benefits, UC strives to take good care of its employees and their families. In addition to generous vacation, sick, and holiday programs, UC offers a full range of health and retirement savings plans, on-campus housing as well as a myriad of other useful and valuable benefits.

Please apply online with a detailed CV, a statement that outlines research experience, skills, and interests, and mentoring experience, and a list of 3-5 references (please do not solicit letters).

If you have any questions, please email Professor Claudia Czimczik ( and Dr. Guaciara dos Santos ( ).

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