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Associate Project Scientist - Environmental Analytical Laboratory

University of California Merced
Merced, California
Closing date
Apr 5, 2024

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Field of specialization
Analytical, Environmental
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Associate Project Scientist - Environmental Analytical Laboratory

University of California Merced

Position overview
Position title: Director Environmental Analytical Laboratory

Salary range: See for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $87,000-$95,600.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: February 2024

Position duration: 1 year renewable

Application Window

Open date: December 15, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 14, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Environmental Analytical Laboratory (EAL) is one of the core facilities under management of the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED). It houses major instrumentation and provides expertise and training to faculty, students, and researchers for the analysis of a wide variety of physical and biological environmental media. Current instrumentation includes: ICP-OES (PerkinElmer Avio 550), ICP-MS (Agilent 7500cs), Discrete Chemistry Analyzer (AMS/Alliance Smartchem 450), TOC/TN (Shimadzu TOC-LCSN with TNM-L), microwave digestion (Titan MPS), CVAFS for analysis of mercury and methylmercury in liquid samples (Brooks-Rand MERX-T and MERX-M), and a direct mercury analyzer (Milestone DMA 80). The facility offers users reliable, well-maintained instrumentation access and timely service through technical expertise and comprehensive user training in support of multidisciplinary research and education programs. Potential growth areas include phytoplankton pigment analysis to support water monitoring efforts related to harmful algal blooms and new analytical capabilities and methods related to agricultural research.
The Associate Project Scientist's role is to: A) Provide support to research, education, and outreach activities associated with the EAL through its daily operation, management, and instrument maintenance; B) Strive to develop a financially sustainable and cost-efficient model by expanding the user base, balancing expenses with recharge revenue, and contributing to proposals for extramural funding; C) Provide administrative leadership for all laboratory operations, including budgeting, training, safety, and regulatory requirements. Typical duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Oversee daily operation. Work closely with diverse user groups by providing technical expertise, supervision of instruments and users, and immediate follow-up to ensure smooth data collection and high-quality data throughput.

• Ensure that facility instruments are well-maintained and operating to specification by performing periodic maintenance, trouble-shooting, and prompt repair with minimal downtime.

• Provide comprehensive user training by developing a suite of documentation, including instrument standard operation procedures (SOPs), method SOPs, guidelines of sampling, sample storage and preparation, and data QA/QC procedures.

• Maintain operation efficiency by timely tracking of budget, expenses, inventory, instrument usage, recharge billing, and general laboratory administration.

• Ensure that all laboratory safety requirements and protocols are met, maintain the EAL's chemical inventory and record-keeping, and provide necessary files and documentation for regulatory agencies.

• Support courses relevant to the EAL by working with faculty to prepare demonstrations, lectures, teaching aids, and tours; deliver occasional short courses or training sessions on topics related to areas of expertise.

• Respond to state/federal regulatory agencies, external groups, and industry organizations on issues related to areas of expertise.

• Contribute to proposals for extramural and internal funding to expand the facility capacity, replace instrumentation, increase the user base and recharge revenues, and develop new types of analytical capabilities.

• Develop collaborative and individual research associated with the EAL, and publish results of research (or other creative activity) independently or in collaboration with faculty, students, and other research personnel.

• Support outreach events associated with the EAL to promote its mission.

• Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other university entities as appropriate to the research activities performed.



Basic qualifications
Ph.D. in analytical or environmental chemistry, geochemistry, or a related field is required.

Preferred qualifications
Experience with elemental and wet chemistry instrumentation and management, and preparation and analysis of environmental samples. Experience in working effectively with a diverse range of students, researchers, and faculty members in a multidisciplinary research environment; ability to lead and motivate team workers through in-depth analytical expertise and hands-on skills with a broad variety of analytical instrumentation.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

• Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

• Cover Letter

• Statement of Research (Optional)

• Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the /shortcuts/diversity_statement_guidelines and /shortcuts/committment_to_diversity

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• 3 required (contact information only)

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About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements. This includes the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs:
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