Physical Science Research Professional

California, United States
08 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Us

The Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (SE3) develops the knowledge and talent to understand the workings of the planet and to help solve resource and environmental challenges. The research interests in the Sperling Lab are Earth history and the evolution of life, and the interactions between the biosphere and the geosphere. As such this research can generally be considered paleontology, insofar as paleontology encompasses all aspects of the history of life. Consequently, we define our research agenda by the questions we are interested in, rather than the tools used. This research incorporates multiple lines of evidence, and multiple tools, to investigate questions in the history of life. These lines of evidence include fossil data, molecular phylogenetics, sedimentary geochemistry, and ecological and physiological data from modern organisms. Ultimately, the goal is to link environmental change with organismal and ecological response through the lens of physiology.

The individual will be making laboratory geochemical measurements geared towards understanding how changes to redox conditions affected the Earth system. Specifically, the individual will be making total organic carbon measurements via Elemental Analyzer, iron-in-pyrite measurements using the chromium reducible sulfide method, and iron speciation measurements. The individual will be working on sediments from OAE-2 (Eagle Ford and La Luna Formations), the Devonian-Carboniferous Sappington Formation (Montana), and the Mesoproterozoic Barney Creek Formation (Australia). The ideal candidate will have knowledge of these time intervals in Earth history and/or these formations.


Your Responsibilities will include:

  • Making iron, carbon and sulfur geochemistry measurements on geological samples
  • Preparing these measurements for database entry on lab-specific forms
  • Compiling previously published data on OAE-2 sites worldwide
  • Maintaining lab cleanliness and keeping laboratory supplies in stock
  • Shipping materials to collaborators

* Other duties may also be assigned

To be successful in this position, you will need:

Education & Experience:

Bachelors’ degree and two years of experience in related scientific field, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience applying multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices to perform and assist with experimental design and coordinate laboratory activity.
  • Demonstrated experience with analysis and interpretation of research data, and ability to recognize irregularities and invalid results.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize data and develop models allowing for integration and display of data.
  • Basic experience with scientific software applications, systems, or programs relevant for the job.
  • Ability to coordinate and work with scientific or research staff and assist with technical procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and to provide information to scientific and research staff.

In addition, our preferred requirements include:

  • Experience preparing and running shale samples for total organic carbon contents and isotopes using an Elemental Analyzer and mass spectrometer.
  • Experience running iron speciation analyses (following Poulton and Canfield, 2005, Chemical Geology and Canfield et al., 1986, Chemical Geology)
  • Experience working on the Eagle Ford, La Luna, Sappington, or Barney Creek Formations.

* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Why Stanford is for you:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4970
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: G
  • Requisition ID: 83428