University of Alberta

Laboratory & Facility Manager - Canadian Ice Core Archive

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Competition No.  -    A107929674
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The position of Lab and Facility Manager for the Canadian Ice Core Archive (CICA) is a research scientist appointment to manage the establishment and subsequent operation of the Canadian Ice Core Archive and its associated laboratory facilities and instrumentation. The incumbent reports administratively to the Executive Director of CICA, Dr. Martin Sharp. The position involves the oversight of a core storage facility, core processing laboratory, and an analytical facility that will initially house a line scanning camera, solid electrical conductivity measurement system, Picarro stable isotope analyzer, dual ion chromatograph system, particle size analyzer, and spectrofluorometer, as well as a core melter system designed to general input for continuous flow analyses of ice cores. 

The incumbent will serve on CICA's Management Committee and its Ice Core Curation and Ice Data Working Groups. They will work with CICA investigators and external users to plan new scientific uses for the collection, to identify suitable material for specific uses, to design and construct specific workflows and core processing lines, and to schedule usage of the CICA facilities and provide training in their use. They will liaise with the managers of other UA labs (including trace metals, radiogenic and stable isotopes, organic contaminants, microbiology and genomics) in order to facilitate ice core research that uses these facilities. They will (in collaboration with staff from UA libraries) be responsible for accessioning the ice core collection and for developing and maintaining a digital database that relates to it. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for day-to-day health and safety issues in the laboratory and for the administration of the facilities, including ensuring the continued running and performance of the cold rooms and instrumentation, quality control, supervision of technicians and facility users, and for scheduling, budgeting, and costing of services. They may also conduct independent research involving the collection and analysis of ice cores. This may include the training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in appropriate areas, and the planning of new ice core collection activities. 

Working with the CICA Executive Director, Principle Investigators and Governance Committees, the facility manager will develop and implement a strategy to sustain and enhance CICA's capabilities and build its user base, and plan for the upgrading and replacement of CICA equipment as needed. They will also ensure that CICA operates in a manner consistent with the standards of other international ice core laboratories. 

The successful candidate will have a PhD in ice core science, postdoctoral experience, and advanced knowledge and experience of relevant analytical techniques and instrumentation. Experience of ice core collection in the field and of collections management (including digital databases) would be assets. The position involves the co-ordination, supervision and interactions with a large number of students and faculty both internal and external to the university, including international visitors. As such, superior organizational and interpersonal skills are required along with excellent written/verbal communication skills in English. 

The position is a full-time academic appointment at the Faculty Service Officer II level and formally reports to the Chair, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. In accordance with the Faculty Service Officer Agreement, the position offers a comprehensive benefits package and an annual salary range of $75,404 - $104,828. The appointment is a continuing position with opportunity to progress through the Faculty Service Officer ranks. 

Review of applications will begin August 31, 2016. The start date is January 1, 2017. Applicants should send a letter of application with a detailed curriculum vitae and arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be forwarded to the address below.  

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (RSOE (3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application.  If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application. 

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

M-J Turnell, Assistant Chair
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
1-26 Earth Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E3


(780) 492-8190

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.