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Laboratory Coordinator I

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req17633

Department: Geosciences

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

We seek to hire an experienced individual to work with faculty, staff and students as the joint Laboratory Coordinator for the materials characterization and curatorial activities of Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources and Lowell Program in Economic Geology, Department of Geosciences. Related duties will involve participating in geological and geometallurgical research projects involving LA-ICPMS analysis, hyperspectral imaging, SEM-EDS-CL analysis, petrographic descriptions, and others. Experience in sample preparation, sample curation, and training is preferred. A bachelor's degree in geology is required as is experience in mineralogical and geochemical techniques in university, government, and/or industrial settings. This is a full time position. We encourage the successful candidate to actively participate in LPEG and LIMR activities, including the opportunity to develop their own professional skills.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with faculty and other to maintain and provide routine supervision of: (1) rock sample preparation facility and equipment, e.g. rock saw and grinder; (2) wet chemistry labs for sample preparation, experiments, and related uses; (3) mineral characterization equipment including SEM-EDS-CL, LA-ICPMS, optical microscopes, and others. Order supplies for laboratories as needed. Maintain compliance with University lab safety and management requirements.
  • Document and curate selected samples requested by LPEG and other mineral resources faculty and research staff.  Help insure accurate labeling and storage of teaching and research samples related to mineral deposits.
  • Assist with LPEG- and other mining-related teaching collections for regular and continuing education courses. Assist at times with selected instructional activities in upper division and graduate courses related to mineral deposits
  • In conjunction with regular and research faculty and research, supervise and train individuals in proper use of equipment involved with sample preparation and analysis. Work with LPEG, MGE and other faculty, students and researchers on petrographic, hyperspectral, LA-ICPMS and SEM projects as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in geology is required or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience required.
  • 1 year of relevant work experience is required.
  • Experience in mineralogical and geochemical techniques in university, government, and/or industrial settings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree - Field of study: Mineral related
  • Master's degree - Field of study: Mineral related
  • Minerals industry or academic experience (employment or internship) is desirable as is research experience.
  • Experience in sample preparation, sample curation, and training is preferred.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research & Lab

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Mark Barton |

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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