Post Doctoral Fellow - Ar Geochronology

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Classification:Post Doctoral Fellow Represented (F9)
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 40
Work type:Faculty Full-time, Post Doc
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is currently searching to fill a Post Doctoral position in Geochronology with the Tectonics and Sedimentation research department. The Tectonics and Sedimentation research group strives to reconstruct the processes of Earth’s history over a variety of time scales. The successful applicant will be involved with the design, set up, calibration and operation of a newly funded next generation noble gas multi-collector mass spectrometer system, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with the numerous users of the currently operating UAF Geochronology lab.


100Research and Development: Develop, troubleshoot, and operate a next-generation Noble Gas Mass Spectrometer. Publish research in peer-reviewed journals. Participate in field data collection if needed. Present results of their research at conferences, meetings, and presentations as needed.Essential

We are particularly interested in scientists with a demonstrated record of Noble Gas Mass Spectrometry, and applicants capable of running routine multiphase 40Ar/39Ar geochronology for the diverse needs of the state including economic, energy, volcanology and academic objectives. Preference will be given to candidates with multi-collector experience and those with interest in developing advanced methodologies for dating young material, detrital minerals, or other small mineral phases.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop collaborations within the university and external agencies to foster the development of their career and explore their research interests. The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska is a world-class research institute with a strong commitment to Earth Science, including the Alaska Volcano Observatory and Tectonics and Sedimentation research group. The geochronology facility located in the Department of Geosciences hosts a wide array of sample processing labs and funding for a new Noble Gas Mass Spectrometer. Fairbanks is centrally located in Alaska, and optimally positioned for an eager geochronologist to develop new analytical procedures and protocols to help unravel the complex geologic history of the northern Cordilleran as well as bolster their career and professional growth.


Ability to conduct the noble gas mass spectrometry technique.

Ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Analytical skills.

Knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures.

Knowledge of standard reporting procedures.

Skilled in accurate data collection methods.

Ability to use computerized tools to organize and analyze information and communicate findings.

Required Education and Experience: 

PhD degree (already received, or having completed all requirements and waiting graduation) in Ar Geochronology.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 5/2/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 5/3/2021. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

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Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

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