Director of the National Ocean Sciences
Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS)
Applications are invited for the Directorship of the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (NOSAMS) facility at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (http://www.nosams.whoi.edu/). Applicants should have achieved international recognition for outstanding scholarship, and professional stature suitable for appointment to the tenured scientific staff at WHOI, as well as possess significant leadership and managerial skills.
The NOSAMS facility was established in 1989, with a principal focus to provide radiocarbon (14C) AMS analyses for the Ocean Sciences Community. It currently has a staff of approximately 20 people with an annual budget of about $3.7M. The facility has been funded through 5-year cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation, requiring that about 60% of the operating costs are covered by user fees from NOSAMS clients. It occupies a dedicated 1,100 square meter facility which houses two accelerator mass spectrometry systems, two stable isotope mass spectrometers and a sample preparation laboratory with an elemental analyzer for sample combustion, seawater stripping lines and graphitization reactors, all of which are automated. One of the NOSAMS AMS systems was specifically designed in-house for the analysis of 14C in a continuously flowing gas stream. A unique microwave plasma gas ion source allows the coupling of chromatographic systems or other CO2 generating devices directly to the AMS system, avoiding further solid phase chemistry and potential contamination pathways.
The successful candidate will be expected to use the present high level of expertise in radiocarbon technology at NOSAMS as a basis for further development of radiocarbon research, exercise scientific leadership in building new research areas in collaboration with institution colleagues as well as with external parties, and lead efforts to maintain a strong external funding base for the facility. In addition, as a tenured member of the WHOI scientific staff, the successful candidate will be expected to raise a significant part of their own support through an externally funded research program.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to a mostly sedentary position with occasional standing/walking. Physical duties are subject to change.
A CV and publication list, as well as a statement of research interests (up to 5 pages), and the names and addresses of six references should be combined into one PDF document and submitted.
Review of applications will begin July 1, 2014.
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