Helium isotope and gas chemist/analyst – Oregon State University, Newport, USA

A position for a helium isotope and gas chemist/analyst at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport, OR is available for the study and analysis of rare gases from hydrothermal vents, submarine volcanoes and cold seeps, particularly the gasses helium-3 and methane, and to assist in understanding their roles in oceanic biogeochemical cycles. The position is at the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) which fosters collaborative research between NOAA and Oregon State University. Our mission is to explore interactions between the solid earth and the ocean, especially at hydrothermal vents and methane seeps and to understand their role and impact on marine chemistry and ecosystems.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the helium isotope laboratory at HMSC. This involves performing gas extractions and mass spectrometer analyses of seawater, hydrothermal vent and cold seep gas and fluid samples, organizing data on computers, maintaining laboratory equipment including diagnosing problems and performing minor repairs, maintaining stocks of supplies for laboratory and seagoing work, and contributing to the publication of results. The position includes going to sea on research vessels for several weeks at a time to collect samples during field work. Time at sea generally ranges from 2 to 8 weeks to per year. Our cruises involve CTD-hydrocast, autonomous underwater vehicle , and remotely operated vehicle work at submarine volcano and methane seep sites. We are looking for someone who understands how analytical instruments work, enjoys maintaining them and producing high-quality data, and who wants to spend time working at sea on research expeditions.

The job, required qualifications, expectations, and the application can be found at https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/91228