Geochemistry/Earth Science Technologist - Microcharacterisation Facility

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.

The opportunity

We are seeking an experienced and organised Geochemistry/Earth Science Technologist to operate and maintain the School of Environment X-ray analytical Research Laboratories in our Microcharacterisation Facility.

About the role

In this role, you will be supporting postgraduate students and academic staff, but also the wider University on a wide range of exciting research projects.

The appointed candidate will be primarily responsible for the ongoing maintenance, technical support and operation of key research equipment, including, but not limited to:

  • PANalytical Axios X-ray Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XRF)
  • Cox Analytical Itrax Core Scanner
  • X-ray Preparation facilities

Along with running a state of the art laboratory, you will provide strong analytical expertise and training to users who could be academics, students or commercial users. You will also ensure compliance and health and safety requirements are met.

For more information, please view the position description.

Skills and experience

The successful candidate will bring:

  • a Bachelors degree in Geochemistry, Earth Science or a related discipline
  • experience with X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is essential
  • experience in operating, maintaining and troubleshooting scientific analytical equipment and facilities
  • excellent communication skills as you will be working with a wide range of stakeholders
  • 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
  • a 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.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV combined as one document.

Applications close Sunday, 23 February 2020.

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posted: 31 January 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.