Lab Manager opportunity

Calling aficionados of biomarkers, lake mud, and stable isotopes! The Konecky lab is hiring a Laboratory Manager. More information is below, and feel free to contact me with questions (konecky at 

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis is seeking a highly qualified laboratory manager for a new stable isotope and organic geochemistry lab dedicated to climate and paleoenvironmental applications. Primary analyses include lipid biomarkers as well as bulk and compound-specific stable isotopic analyses (H, O, C, N) of environmental waters and lake/marine sediments using isotope ratio mass spectrometry and cavity ring-down spectroscopy. The laboratory manager will oversee day-to-day lab operations, e.g. troubleshooting and repairing instruments and peripherals (including GC- and EA-IRMS, GC-FID, CRDS H2O analyzer, ASE) as well as sediment core field and lab equipment; overseeing inventory and billing; maintaining and developing new geochemical methods and techniques; training students; and overseeing laboratory safety. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with supervising and collaborating faculty, and will have opportunities for engaging in research projects, public outreach, and occasional fieldwork.


  1. Install, operate, maintain, repair, and troubleshoot laboratory equipment and instruments, which include a gas chromatograph with flame ionization detector, a continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometer with peripherals (gas chromatograph and elemental analyzer), a cavity ring-down spectroscopic analyzer, accelerated solvent extractor, organic geochemistry and sediment core preparation facilities, and relevant analytical software.
  2. Manage laboratory budget (including purchasing, billing, and financial planning) and laboratory safety and compliance. Develop and implement laboratory policies, procedures, and protocols.
  3. Orient, train, and supervise new students, postdocs, visitors, and collaborators on laboratory methods, policies and procedures.
  4. Develop and perform geochemical analyses in the laboratory, including sample preparation. Maintain well-developed methods and techniques, and develop new techniques as necessary.
  5. Assist in building, maintaining, and preparing field equipment for deployment. Equipment includes meteorological, limnological, hydrological, and sediment coring devices. Occasional assistance with fieldwork, mainly locally.
  6. Assist with analysis and interpretation of data. Pursue independent research projects as desired.


Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in earth sciences, chemistry, biology, or related field
  • 2 years of experience with analytical instrumentation, methods, and maintenance.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. in related field, or equivalent hands-on experience operating or maintaining analytical instrumentation, performing laboratory analyses, and analyzing data using relevant software.
  • Experience conducting environmental field measurements.
  • Experience conducting biomarker, stable isotopic, or biogeochemical laboratory analyses.
  • Experience managing students or other personnel in a research setting.
  • Experience using standard statistical approaches for generating, calibrating, and reporting laboratory data.
  • Demonstrated interest in paleoclimatic, climatic, or hydrologic processes.

Note that while such experience is a plus, ample training opportunities will be provided regardless of background.


The anticipated start date of this position is around March 2018. Application review will begin December 1, and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

This position is located in St. Louis, MO, which was recently ranked as one of US News’ “Best Places to Live” for its low cost of living, abundant parks and green spaces, vibrant arts and music scene, and rich cultural history.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, a resume or CV, and contact information for at least 3 references to the following website:, click “advanced search” and enter the Job Opening ID #37937. More information about the application process and working at WashU can be found at

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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