Senior Engineer - ICP-MS

Senior engineer within ICP-MS laboratory operation. Applications are invited for a permanent position at NGUís laboratory in Trondheim, Norway.

NGUís laboratory has a wide range of advanced instrumentation and methods for preparation, analysis, characterization and dating of geological materials. We support NGUís main activities within research and management. More information about our lab facilities can be found here.

Part of the national infrastructure MiMaC was established at NGU in 2019. Our node offers a Nu Plasma3 MC-ICP-MS, an Agilent 8900 triple quadrupole ICP-MS and a Teledyne Cetac Analyte Exite excimer laser ablation system. They are used in single and split-stream configuration for in-situ element and isotope mapping and spot analyses. The ICP-MS lab also features a Thermo Element XR connected to a New Wave 193 nm laser. Methods include trace element analyses in a range of minerals and U-Pb, Lu-Hf and Sr isotope analyses in zircon, titanite, carbonate and apatite. We are working to include other minerals and isotope systems.

In this position, you will have responsibility for the operation of the instrumentation in the MiMaC laboratory, performing analyses as well as establishing and validating methods for trace elements and isotope ratios in collaboration with colleagues at NGU lab, researchers from NGU and other scientific environments.

The position includes:

  • Maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of instrumentation at the LA-ICP-MS-lab
  • Instruction and follow-up of instrument users
  • Ensure good routines for quality control, logging, and documentation of methods
  • Contribute with analyses
  • Contribute with data reduction, reporting and publishing
  • Develop and establish new analysis methods in cooperation with colleagues at NGU and other scientific environments

We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent expertise in geoscience or other relevant disciplines, combined with solid experience within ICP-MS analysis
  • At least three years°¶ experience with LA-ICP-MS and multi collector systems. Experience with other ICPMS instruments (sector field or triple quadrupole) as well as split-stream systems is an advantage
  • Practical experience from maintenance and repair of ICP-MS systems is an advantage
  • Experience with developing and establishing methods for elemental and isotopic analyses of geological samples
  • Experience with data treatment, including both data reduction and interpretation
  • A good understanding of requirements related to quality control and ability to assess data quality
  • Experience with teaching and instruction is an advantage

The successful candidate has good communication skills and is a team worker. Initiative and the ability to work independently are important qualities, as well as being systematic and precise. Adaptability is also important, as the responsibilities may develop over time. It is expected that you keep up to date about development and new applications of LA-ICP-MS within geosciences and materials technology.

The working language at NGU is Norwegian. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language are expected to learn Norwegian (level 2) within 2 years. NGU provides support to achieve this.

NGU offers a favourable working environment with unique scientific challenges. We wish to have a diverse and inclusive work environment and welcome all qualified applicants regardless of, for example, age, disabilities, gender, national or ethnic background.

Remuneration of the position will be according to the Government's main agreement on wages, as senior engineer (code 1181).

For further information, please contact Head of Laboratory Ida Noddeland ( or method responsible for LA-ICP-MS Oyvind Skar (

The list of applicants is publicly available information. Only in special cases will this information be held back, and a reason for it must be given in the application.

posted: 13 January 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.