Research Facility Manager

We are seeking a Technical Officer who will play a key role in managing our state-of-the-art clean labs and providing technical support and analytical development for geochemistry in these labs. The class 1000 clean laboratories contain 16 ~ class 100 workstations and support ~ 30 users at any given time, (including PIs, staff, post-doctoral research fellows, undergraduate masters and graduate students). These labs are used to prepare and purify a wide range of geological samples (including but not limited to rocks, minerals, meteorites, waters, bio- minerals, soils) for isotope and trace element analysis using a suite of mass spectrometers (TIMS, MC-ICP-MS, ICP-MS, ICP-OES). The role of the successful applicant will include:

  • developing, maintaining and managing the clean laboratories, and troubleshooting laboratory issues (e.g. de-ionised water supply, air handling, acid distillation) in a time and cost-efficient manner;
  • working with users (PIs, staff, post-doctoral research fellows, undergraduate masters and graduate students) to develop and establish new laboratory procedures and instrumentation (e.g. reagent preparation, sample purification, acid stills, development of isotope "spiking" techniques);
  • training laboratory users, including post-doctoral research fellows, masters and graduate students;
  • contributing to and writing papers for peer-reviewed journals;
  • advising research staff and group leaders (PIs) on the development and implementation of future research projects;
  • forging and maintaining collaborations with academic and industrial partners;
  • optimising clean laboratory usage to balance research project data production with quick turn-around commercial contract work;
  • overseeing clean laboratory chemistry orders and budgeting;
  • overseeing clean laboratory chemistry safety procedures.

The successful applicant would be expected to have comprehensive knowledge of clean laboratory work including the preparation of geological samples (or equivalent) for isotope and trace element analysis as well as experience in isotope ratio mass spectrometry or a related area. Applicants should have excellent communication skills, be well organised and flexible in their approach, and be able to work on their own initiative. They should have experience of working in a research environment and hold a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline, or have recently submitted a PhD dissertation in that area.

Further particulars and information at For information specific to the role contact Dr Helen Williams in the Department of Earth Sciences via email at or by telephone at 44 (0)1223 333 411. Should you have any questions about the application process, please contact Please quote reference LB21081 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University and the Department are committed to equality and diversity, the University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the Department is a bronze award holder. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at: The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. The appointments will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for Senior Technical Officers (30,942 to 40,322 a year) there will be for a probationary period with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

The closing date is Saturday 4 January 2020.

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Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK.

The University holds an institutional
Athena-SWAN silver award and the
department is a bronze award holder.

published: 22 November 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.