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Halogen Isotope Technician

Date: February 10, 2015
Reports to (Job Title): EIL Lab Manager
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences


Environmental Isotope Laboratory, EIT 5013, 5017


37.5 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

Under the supervision of the EIL lab manager, the incumbent is responsible for the preparation of organic and inorganic samples for chlorine-37 and bromine-81 isotope analysis, and operating and maintaining the IsoPrime DI/CF/GC, Delta V-DI/CF/GC and the MAT 253-DI/CF/GC Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Systems.


The Environmental Isotope Laboratory (EIL) operates on a fee for service basis analyzing amples 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 performed. 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.

Key Accountabilities:

1. Analytical Responsibilities:


2. Procedures:


3. Flexibility:


4. Technical Knowledge:


5. Housekeeping:

Position Requirements


B. Sc. 


2 Years


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Practical experience in general lab practices and safety, stable isotope mass spectrometry, gas chromatography and other preparatory systems

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Must be able to work with a team to accomplish client analytical requirements in a timely manner.

Level of Responsibility:

Helps students as required. Provides training to visitors. Must pay attention to details while dealing with large quantities of samples and result.

Decision-Making Authority:

Organizes sample analyses based on analytical requirement and priorities as communicated by the lab manager to be as efficient as possible.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Manual dexterity and strength are required to handle samples (open/close bottle closures), syringes, and small vials and vial cap sealers. Must be able to stand for long periods while performing routine sample preparation.

Working Environment:

The incumbent is required to work in a lab environment which is at times cool due to equipment requirements or hot due to sample analysis procedures and noisy. Safety issues – working with sharp needles and glass, requires the use of gloves and ability to work with an open flame, handling poisonous materials. Cleanliness - washing of glassware, must keep work areas free from contaminants.