Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry

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The National Oceanography Centre Southampton, NOCS, represents an unparalleled investment in marine and Earth science and technology in the UK. It opened in 1995 in a purpose-built waterfront campus as a collaboration between the University of Southampton and the Natural Environment Research Council. The Centre houses around 500 staff and the University component comprises about 120 staff, 600 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate students. Further information can be found at We have strong links across the University with other disciplines, including biology, chemistry, geography, engineering, physics and medical science.

Technician/Research Scientist Post

We invite applications for a specialist position in Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry. We seek enthusiastic individuals with good teamwork, communication, multitasking and organisational skills. We offer a modern, multidisciplinary and innovative working environment and an opportunity to work with a spectrum of preparation techniques and instrumental methods. Analytical scientists from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry

A research scientist/technician is required in light stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry (C, O, and N). The successful applicant will be responsible for maintenance support and day-to-day running of the stable isotope facility at NOCS which analyses carbonate, water, and organic samples as part of a wide range of projects in the geological, marine, and environmental sciences. Responsibilities include oversight of three existing gas-source mass spectrometers, operated in both dual-inlet and continuous-flow modes, and two new IRMS instruments. Preference will be given to individuals with a proven track record and a combination of skills in laboratory management, collaborative research projects, instrument troubleshooting, data handling, method development, and lab user training. Extensive experience in the operation of automated peripheral devices for on-line preparation of carbonate and organic samples, maintenance of vacuum systems, and diagnosis of instrument electronic problems is also desired.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information contact Dr Steve Bohaty (, Dr Jessica Whiteside ( or Prof Paul Wilson (

Expressions of interest in a Technician/Research Scientist Post in Palaeomagnetism
and Environmental Magnetism

We also invite expressions of interest in a research scientist/technician post to manage the Palaeomagnetism and Environmental Magnetism laboratories at NOCS, that house state-of-art instrumentation and shielded room facilities to support paleomagnetism, magnetic stratigraphy, rock and mineral magnetism, and palaeoenvironment related research. The post will provide maintenance support and help with day-to-day running of the facility and instrumentation in the palaeomagnetism laboratories. Specific responsibilities include overseeing a 2G Enterprises superconducting rock magnetometer and a MicroMag vibrating sample magnetometer, as well as regular monitoring of all instruments in the laboratories. Good skills in instrument hardware and software problem diagnosis and troubleshooting are essential. Past experience with laboratory management, cryogenic and palaeomagnetic research instruments, engineering, and electronics is desired. Preference will be given to individuals with a proven record of research involvement. The grade of this role will be dependent upon experience

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information contact Dr Chuang Xuan ( or Prof Paul Wilson (

Application procedure:
You should submit your completed online application form at If you need any assistance, please call Carol Read on +44 (0) 23 8059 3649. Please quote reference 315213HN on all correspondence.

Location: National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary: £27,854 to £34,223
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date: Friday 20 December 2013
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 315213HN

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