City : Waterloo, ON
Category : Temporary
Industry : Education
Employer : University of Waterloo
Term: 6 months
The TIMS technician is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Thermally Ionized Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) facility. The primary duty is the analysis of strontium isotopes in natural minerals and water samples for geological and environmental applications. The incumbent must be well versed in strontium isotope geochemistry to assess and analyze a variety of materials and complex sample matrices. The technician is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of a TIMS in addition to numerous peripherals.
This position works 18.75 hours per weekResponsibilities:
Strontium isotope sample preparation
- Perform initial sample assessment to determine sample size requirements in addition to other considerations like mineral type or sample matrices (brines, etc.)
- Administer strontium extraction and purification using ion exchange resin columns and ultra-pure solvents and reagents
- Elute purified strontium aliquot for further processing and filament loading
Rhenium filament preparation
- Samples must be loaded onto zone refined and degassed high purity rhenium ribbon filaments
- Incumbent manages the cutting, building, soldering, and degassing of filaments
- Administers sample loading and careful drying of the strontium subsample to allow for controlled ionization
- Maintenance and operation of a Filament Degassing Unit (Thermo Finnigan, Germany)
Strontium Isotope Analysis
- Analyze prepared filaments consisting of both unknown samples and known standard materials (IAEA reference materials) for 87Sr/86Sr
- Maintenance and operation of a Triton Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (TIMS) (Thermo Finnigan, Germany)
- Oversees the organization and cleanliness of the TIMS laboratory ensuring compliance with the Safety Office
- Manages the cleaning and washing of laboratory equipment and used filaments and shields
- Assist undergraduate and graduate students with all aspects of analytical work. This includes teaching analytical methods, supervising students, on machinery and wet chemistry procedures and providing advice and help with interpretation of analytical data used in student research projects
- Undergraduate Degree in a Science related field required
- 3 years’ experience working in a general lab setting
- Experience working in an isotope analytical laboratory preferred
- Experience with TIMS preferred
- Knowledge of strontium geochemistry sample preparation
- Effectively manage multiple priorities and exercise independent, prudent judgement
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Intermediate MS Word and Excel
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