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Research Specialist - MIni CArbon DAting System (MICADAS)

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Open November 4th, 2021 through Friday, Sep 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

Research specialist position opportunity - MIni CArbon DAting System (MICADAS) for Climate Change and Air Quality Research

The W. M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (KCCAMS) facility at the University of California, Irvine is expanding its analytical capabilities, including the detection of radiocarbon (14C) in microgram-sized samples, with the addition of a MIni CArbon DAting System (MICADAS) to support climate change and air quality research. The MICADAS will be accompanied by multiple devices that facilitate the direct injection of CO2 to the spectrometer and the automated production of graphite targets. Funding for instrumentation and a new specialist has been granted by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The KCCAMS facility conducts research to improve understanding of the Earth’s carbon cycle through analyses of 14C and stable isotopes (13C/12C and 15N/14N) in organic matter, water, and air samples. It provides services to UC and non-UC researchers and educates its user community by hosting researchers in its laboratories and organizing training courses.

To operate the MICADAS, the KCCAMS facility seeks an individual interested in longer-term employment to support system operations, sample processing, data analysis, communication with facility users, training, and method development. The successful candidate is expected to devote approximately 70% of their time to the operation of the MICADAS and associated laboratory, and the remainder interfacing and collaborating with the project’s principal investigators. This includes the co-mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, the training of visiting researchers, being responsible for safety procedures, and performing other duties for the MICADAS laboratory as needed.

Candidates are expected to have a background in accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) physics or chemistry with a proven disposition toward experimental techniques and applications. Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree, Ph.D. or Ms. degree in physics, radiochemistry or similar AMS-related field, or expected to obtain it before employment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and would start at $54,900 plus benefits. The position will be initially for 1 year, renewable dependent on applicant personal contributions to the project. Review of applicants will begin in December 2021 and remain open until filled.

Please apply online at with a detailed CV, a statement that outlines research experience, skills, and interests, and mentoring experience, and a list of 3-5 references (please do not solicit letters).

If you have any questions please email Prof. Claudia Czimczik ( and Dr. Guaciara dos Santos ( ).


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates are expected to have a background in accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) physics or chemistry with a proven disposition toward experimental techniques and applications.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine 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.

Job location

Irvine, CA