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Staff Research Associate, Space Sciences Laboratory (9612C)
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 27, 2019
Title Staff Research Associate, Space Sciences Laboratory (9612C)
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Space Sciences Laboratory (9612C)
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Staff Research Associate, Space Sciences Laboratory (9612C)

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 14, 2019.

Departmental Overview

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of the Berkeley campus reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research. SSL's primary goal is to foster research in space-related sciences and to provide education for the next generation of space scientists. Research at SSL, led by Berkeley faculty and SSL Senior Fellows, focuses on experiments and observations carried out in space as well as theoretical and basic research.

Since its inception in 1959, SSL has participated in over 50 NASA space science missions, including the Apollo, Mars, Discovery, and Explorer programs, as well as many international space missions. SSL researchers have pioneered the development of instrumentation for study of the Sun, the interplanetary medium, the planets, and the Earth; for ultraviolet, x-ray, gamma-ray, and infrared astronomy; and for the measurement of the cosmic microwave background. SSL provides the engineering and technical capabilities required to develop and fabricate individual space instruments, an entire scientific payload for a spacecraft, or an entire space mission from start-to-finish-complete with in-house instrument design and fabrication; instrument and spacecraft integration and testing; launch support; mission and science operations, including commanding the spacecraft and bringing the data down to SSL's own ground station; and data processing and analysis.

Space Sciences Laboratory's Cosmochemistry group is looking for an SRAII to carry out chemistry experiments in the field of isotope geo/cosmochemistry. Perform mostly routine inorganic chemical procedures such as preparation of reagents, chemical separation/purification using ion exchange columns and solvent extraction, and chemical analysis of samples using ICP-OES/MS. Help with the development of new procedures under the guidance of researchers. Responsible for routine maintenance and operation of chemistry lab, including ordering supplies and chemicals, keeping the lab free from contamination, ensuring laboratory safety, and simple repair of lab equipment.

Special conditions of employment: Exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals in laboratories.


Carry out mostly routine pre designed experiments on isotope geo/cosmochemistry.
  • Inorganic chemical separation using ion exchange column and solvent extraction.
  • Quantitative chemical analysis using ICP-OES/MS and IC.
  • Preparation of reagents and chemical solutions, use of laboratory equipment such as analytical balance and robot system
  • Help researchers with development of new chemical procedures.
  • Keep detailed records on computer and notebook, collect and enter data from experimental procedures and perform simple algebraic and mathematical calculations necessary for data analysis.

Responsible for maintenance and operation of chemistry lab.
  • Maintain clean chemistry lab - free of chemical and radioactive contamination.
  • Interact with maintenance personnel, such as Physical Plant and Thermo service engineer (for ICP repair/maintenance)
  • Maintain and calibrate laboratory instruments (analytical balances, acid neutralizer); perform routine equipment maintenance and simple repair with the help of other lab members.
  • Contact with outside vendors and research supplies and equipment. Make suggestions for purchase and modification of lab supplies and equipment to researchers.
  • Schedule routine lab maintenance, including replacement of deionized water cartridges, liquid Argon dewars and gas cylinders when necessary.
  • Maintain and update lab safety procedures when needed along with other lab members. Perform annual chemical inventory and laboratory self-assessment.

Required Qualifications

  • BS or MS degree and/or equivalent experience/training, preferably in one of the following fields - Chemistry, geochemistry, chemical engineering. Theoretical background in general chemistry and physics. Should have familiarity with chemical reagents for both inorganic and organic solvents,
  • Experience in analytical chemistry experiments especially chemical separation and use of analytical instruments.
  • Should have a fine eye for details. Great record keeping and writing skills and skill with accurate calculations.
  • Innovative in solving problems.
  • Knowledge of basic lab safety techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to come to work between 8 and 9 am and work 8 hour per day, 40 hours a week, (Monday through Friday).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint in a Mac environment.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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