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Argon Geochronology Laboratory Research Scientist II

Socorro, NM

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR) is seeking a 40Ar/39Ar researcher that will also have significant responsibilities in the day-to-day operation of the New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory. Applicants with noble gas laboratory technical skills who also show a strong ability of current and/or future research promise in 40Ar/39Ar geochronology are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will participate as a team member with the research staff at the Bureau and with faculty in the NM Tech geology department. The position requires close coordination with multiple stakeholders including directing collaborative research with professionals and students from within the NM Tech community of scientists as well as national and international external users. Technical duties include: Operation of noble gas mass spectrometers and ultrahigh vacuum systems, supervision of the mineral separation facility, coordination of irradiation packages, supervision of safety protocols, maintenance of laboratory databases and overseeing the laboratory budget and purchasing. Research duties include: Independent and collaborative research with opportunities for fieldwork, publication of results, writing proposals to obtain external funding and teaching where appropriate. The successful candidate may interact with citizens and agencies concerning geology. This position will work within the NMBGMR and is considered a regular full-time position that is partially supported by soft-money contracts contingent upon future funding availability.

Master’s degree required (PhD preferred) in geoscience with area of study in argon geochronology or geochemistry of other noble gas systems. Knowledge of the operation of noble gas mass spectrometers is required. Mineral separation experience required. Working knowledge of Python desired.

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