Research Associate for the Missouri S&T Rock Characterization Laboratory

The Rock Characterization Laboratory supports and performs cutting edge research in geochemical rock characterization, physical rock property measurements and rock strength characterization. The lab houses a variety of modern equipment including: XRF, ICP-MS, high-res microscopes, porosimeters/permeameters, core cells, uniaxial and triaxial strength testing equipment.


  • Assist faculty and graduate students in conducting laboratory-based research.
  • Collaborate with faculty to conduct research, including publications and the submission of grant proposals.
  • Mentor graduate students in performing experiments and analyzing data.
  • Maintain equipment, manage supplies, establish user training and safety guidelines, ensuring quality, troubleshooting methods and procedures.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with laboratory environment and instrumentation
  • Experience with geochemical and petrophysical analyses techniques
  • Experience with rock strength measurements
  • Track record of research achievement, including peer-reviewed publications
  • Computer knowledge and skills in lab information systems

Education requirements:

  • PhD (preferred) or a MSc in the geosciences or closely related discipline

Missouri S&T is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. Females, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The university participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please contact DHS: 1-888-464-4218.

Interested candidates should electronically submit an application consisting of cover letter, current curriculum vitae and complete contact information for three references to the Missouri University of Science and Technology's Human Resource Office at using Job Reference Number 38365. Acceptable electronic formats are PDF and MS Word; hardcopy application materials will not be accepted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

published: 1 October 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.