Senior Technician - Geochemistry

The Faculty of Science

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading University. We employ more than 5,400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of NZ's largest employers.

We are seeking a Senior Technician in Geochemistry to provide technical support in our Microprobe lab and to provide support for academic research programmes primarily within the School of Environment.

The successful candidate will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Instruct users on the operation and theory of the electron microprobe and ICPMS
  • Assist to obtain high quality analytical results and to interpret these results
  • Supervise and maintain the electron microprobe facility, including ancillary equipment
  • Develop improvements to analysis routines to enhance the quality of data from the facility, including testing and development of new applications
  • Maintain an orderly and effective laboratory, whilst meeting all health and safety requirements

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Demonstrated experience in the operation and maintenance of a Field-Emission Source Electron Microprobe, Cathodoluminescence and Laser-Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry analytical techniques and data analysis.
  • Familiarity with the theory of electron microanalysis
  • A degree and postgraduate experience in geochemistry or a related field
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to interact with academics and students
  • A positive can do attitude and a team player nature

Why us?

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • flexible employment practices
  • career development programmes
  • a competitive salary with five weeks' annual leave
  • company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information, please visit 'Staff Benefits' on our careers site.

How to apply

Applications close Sunday, 26 May 2019.

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posted: 30 April 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.