Perform research and analyze using a suite of instruments associated with the Helium Analysis Laboratory (HAL).
Grain selection and sample preparation using a microscope
Degassing of helium from selected grains on a custom-built laser extraction line and subsequent measurement on a connected gas-source mass spectrometer
Dissolution of mineral grains, isotope dilution, and subsequent measurement of U and Th concentrations on an iCAP Q ICP-MS.
Perform experiments including noble gas extraction and measurement systems, wet chemistry procedures focused on isotope dilution geochemistry, and ICP-MS methods
Guiding samples through the dating of various mineral systems that are necessary to obtain a (U-Th)/He date.
Interface with external and internal visitors such as to the lab and assist them in all aspects of the (U-Th)/He dating process. Visitors will often require some initial training in the sample selection and preparation, and guidance in the collection of helium measurement data from the noble gas line.
Supervise the running of the noble gas instrument.
A minimum of two years of research experience (preferably as part of a graduate program) working in a noble gas or a mass spectrometry laboratory.
Exceptional organization, problem-solving and communication skills.
Able to work independently and interact well with a large and diverse research group.
Four or more years of research experience working in a noble gas or a mass spectrometry laboratory.
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