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Sulphur/Nitrogen, carbonate and Oxygen/Hydrogen in Water Isotope Technician, Environment Isotope Laboratory

Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences Effective Date: January, 2011


37.5 hours per week

Reports to: EIL Lab Manager

General Accountability

Under the supervision of the EIL Lab Manager, the technician is responsible for the preparation and analysis of Dissolved Sulphate and Nitrate samples for 15N, 18O and/or 34S, Carbonates for  18O and 13C and Water for  18O and 2H  isotope determination. The incumbent will be versed sufficiently in isotope theory to be able to discuss procedures and results with clients. Supervision of technicians may be required for pre-treatments and other duties.

Nature and Scope

The Environmental Isotope Laboratory (EIL) operates on a fee for service basis analyzing samples for the content of various isotopes for both University and external researchers. The EIL charges for these analyses to cover chemicals, equipment and salary costs related to the analyses, therefore there is a job available as long as there are samples to analyze. The incumbent will be an integral part of the team to provide sample analyses results in a timely manner to clients from around the world. Duties assigned will include the set up and operation of laboratory analytical equipment, conduct data analysis and interaction with students, co-workers and clients.

Statistical Data

Analyses                                  5,000   ($247,000)

Clients                                     70+

Specific Accountabilities

Working Conditions