Research Technician in Plant, Soil and Solution Mineral and Metal Analysis Using ICP-MS (req4656)

Status: Term, up to 36 months, with the possibility of extension
Employment Group: Research
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $45,000.00 - 60,000.00 per annum (Not Applicable/Not Applicable). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Closing Date: Until Filled. 
Number of Openings:

Primary Purpose: The Global Institute for Food Security is recruiting for an Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) Technician in Dr. Leon Kochian’s lab. This full-time position is initially offered for a 3-year term (with a formal review after 6 months), with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of research funding. 

Nature of Work: Reporting to Dr. Leon Kochian, the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Global Food Security and Associate Director of the Global Institute for Food Security, the successful candidate will be responsible for operating and maintaining the Thermo Fischer ICP-MS instrument soon to arrive in the lab. Background and experience in quantitative elemental science is preferred. The successful candidate is expected to use their experience to successfully analyze complex water, soil, and digested plant samples for both trace and major ion concentrations. These responsibilities also include preparation and analysis of all plant, soil, and nutrient solution samples submitted by scientists in the group for analysis, summarizing the analytical results, and working with the scientists to help troubleshoot difficult analytical issues. The CERC team supports a research group of 30+ faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs, research associates, and technicians, as well as additional collaborators.

Job Responsibilities: To learn and master operation of the Thermo Fisher ICP-MS and to perform analyses of inorganic compounds using that instrument, tor plant, soil and hydroponic nutrient solution samples. Samples will be prepared for analysis using a microwave digestor. The incumbent will be the primer operator of the ICP-MS (Thermo Fischer will provide training on use and maintenance of the instrument. Incumbent will also be responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the ICP-MS. Additional responsibilities include establishing standard operating procedures and related analytical procedures; assist faculty, work with scientists and other technical staff to deal with analytical challenges; ensure the analytical laboratory is maintained in an organized and highly functional state; and participate in research projects as appropriate (e.g., analytical support). 


Education: Candidates must have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in analytical chemistry, chemistry, toxicology, or another related science program. Candidates with a college-level technologist degree and sufficient work experience in an analytical laboratory setting will also be considered.

Experience: Candidates must have hands-on experience running ICP-MS instruments for a minimum of one year full-time and must be able to trouble shoot routine instrument and analytical challenges.   

Skills: The desired candidate must be dependable, organized and enthusiastic, and must be able to work with minimal supervision. Good English language skills (verbal and written) are required.

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Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Megan Paul at 306-966-3722.