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Laboratory Technician - Earth Sciences

Department overview: The Department of Earth Sciences combines the strengths of biology, chemistry, geography, and physics and applies them to our knowledge of the Earth.

Faculty member seeking an individual to conduct a variety of quantitative analyses on environmental samples including sediments, waters, and other geological samples. Daily tasks will vary according to the nature of the material being analyzed and the specific analysis being performed. No experience is required and the successful candidate will receive training in all analytical techniques and laboratory procedures to be undertaken.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Preparation of sample material for physical and geochemical analysis
  • Conduct analyses using laboratory equipment after training
  • Record all data and results in specified from with accuracy and responsibility
  • Maintain equipment
  • Ensure all safety guidelines are followed strictly at all times
  • Attend weekly (informal) laboratory meetings on Zoom or in person depending on Covid-19

Learning Outcomes: By participating in the duties associated with this position, the student will develop and/or expand the following skills.
  • Employing the scientific method: Students will employ the scientific method to address a range of environmental issues, including past expressions and causes of climate change, landscape-climate interactions, and human-climate-environment interactions.
  • Employing analytical laboratory techniques for geological research: Students will be trained to use a range of technical laboratory equipment, including X-Ray fluorescence (XRF), X-Ray diffraction (XRD), cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS), laser-based grain size analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM).
  • Prepare sample for other analyses: Students will assist with the preparation of samples of a variety of analyses including isotope analyses, elemental analyses, compound specific hydrogen isotopes. The student may have the opportunity to travel to other labs to learn techniques depending on Covid-19.
  • Interpreting and communicating scientific data: The student will work with PI Bird to synthesize and interpret the data they produce. Results will be presented and discussed at informal weekly laboratory meetings.
  • Potential to learn field techniques. If interested, the student may have the opportunity to participate in field expeditions to study areas in the Midwestern United States.

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED - Any IUPUI enrolled student from any major and any undergraduate level (1st year on) is encouraged to apply. Those from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply.

Work-study award preferred.