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Postdoctoral Associate-Laser-Ablation ICP-MS

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Thermochronology Research and Instrumentation Lab (CU TRaIL) encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Associate with expertise in laser-ablation ICP-MS methods. The postdoctoral scientist will take the lead on establishing standard analytical protocols and data reduction procedures for spot analyses and spatial mapping of U-Th, U-Pb dates, and trace elements in a range of materials using a new ESI excimer NWR193UC laser ablation system coupled with our Agilent 7900 quadrupole ICP-MS. Active participation in or the development of new research projects will be encouraged. 

The CU TRaIL is a fully equipped (U-Th)/He lab ( The laser is funded by a new NSF award that will enable us to develop laser-ablation (U-Th)/He dating in our lab, in addition to implementing LA-ICP-MS methods. Interested candidates can contact Dr. Rebecca Flowers ( for additional information.

Who We Are

The Department of Geological Sciences concentrates on interdisciplinary research and teaching in the Earth sciences. We are the principal department at the University of Colorado Boulder dedicated to the study of the solid Earth, its interaction with the hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere, and its evolution through time. We offer an undergraduate major program in geology with individual tracks in geology and geophysics. Thirty-six tenure-track faculty members with very broad and diverse geoscience research foci are currently affiliated with Geological Sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of our department is highlighted by the fact that about half of our faculty hold joint appointments with allied campus units (CIRES, INSTAAR, CSDMS, LASP, CU Museum). The Department of Geological Sciences has been a key part of CU-Boulder’s global reputation of excellence in geoscience education and research, evidenced by recent US News and World Report rankings of #1 for best global universities for geosciences. More can be learned about the Department at 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Implement standard sample preparation, analytical protocols, and data reduction procedures for laser-ablation U-Pb dating.
  • Develop standard analytical protocols and data reduction procedures for spot analyses and spatial mapping of U-Th and other trace elements in mineral phases.
  • Coordinate with TRaIL lab research personnel to efficiently integrate the new laser ablation system into existing analytical workflows.
  • Interact with other faculty and graduate students in the department to develop protocols for analyses in other materials.
  • Although not required, we strongly encourage active participation in or development of new research efforts that utilize laser ablation technology.

What You Should Know

The desired start date in early fall 2020. 

The position is fully supported for one year, with the possibility of continuation with the acquisition of sufficient funds. 

What We Can Offer

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • a PhD in geosciences, chemistry, or related field by the time of appointment. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Expertise in laser-ablation ICP-MS methods. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement Describing Technical and Research Interests
  4. List of 3 References
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Rebecca Flowers

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