Vacancy - Laboratory manager, project researcher - DLC - Apply before June 16, 2003

Published 19-05-2003


Laboratory manager ( project researcher) of the DLC multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry laboratory

A scientific-technical position is open at the Danish Lithosphere Centre (DLC) for the period June 2003 to 31 December 2005.
We are seeking an individual to act as the manager of our multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICPMS) laboratory. The laboratory undertakes high precision isotopic and elemental analysis of a wide range of elements (Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf-Mg-Fe-REE-PGE) both in chemically prepared solutions and in solid materials in situ via laser ablation sampling.

The laboratory manager will be responsible for day-to-day operation of the MC-ICPMS laboratory in co-operation with the leader of the laboratory. Duties will include: (a) maintaining optimum instrument performance and ensuring the integrity of laboratory data; (b) trouble shooting and routine instrument maintenance; (c) supervision and training of external users; (d) development and up-keep of a laboratory database and record of standards and samples run on the MC-ICPMS; (e) development of new analytical techniques; (f) ordering and purchase of essential laboratory items; (g) promotion of the laboratory as an analytical facility to the science community in Denmark. In addition to these duties, the laboratory manager will participate in collaborative projects with other DLC personnel and may also be able to pursue a limited amount of independent research that is relevant to our research programme.

DLC ( is one of five Earth Science institutes forming the new Geocentre Copenhagen. The Geocentre includes the Geological Institute, the Geological Museum, the Geographic Institute, and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). In addition to the new MC-ICP-MS instrument, research facilities at the Geocentre include XRF laboratories for major and trace element analysis, quadrupole ICP-MS laboratory, an electron microprobe, stable isotope laboratories, and TIMS instrument (with negative-ion capabilities), and associated clean laboratories. A quadrupole ICP-MS with a laser was also installed in mid-1999.
Applicants will preferably have at least three years relevant experience in thermal ionization and/or plasma-source mass spectrometry, as well as familiarity with clean laboratory chemical separation techniques. A Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field is required prior to taking up the position. A search committee reporting to DLC will review applications by end-June 2003.
The director of the DLC will make the final selection from the group of applicants recommended by the search committee.
Informal inquiries can be directed to the leader of the DLC MC-ICPMS laboratory, Dr Joel Baker ( and the Director of the Danish Lithosphere Centre, Dr Hans Christian Larsen (

General information
Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae, degree transcripts and contact details of three references. The complete application must be received at:

Øster Voldgade 10,
DK-1350 København K,

no later than noon, 16/06/03. The application should be marked J-0361-012.
Basic salary will be ca. DKK 311.000 per year (363.000 incl. pension scheme) in the case of at least 3 years seniority after M.Sc. with a supplement to be negotiated depending on qualifications.

The Ministry of Environment desires a workplace where all, irrespective of gender, age, race, religion or nationality participate in the pursuit of the goals of the institution under the ministry.

DLC is an independent research institution administrated under the Danish Ministry of the Environment. Employment at DLC will be settled according to agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, within the Ministry of Environment.