Research Scientist, Inter #2100313S

New Mexico State University   El Paso, TX   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
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Posted on June 3, 2021

Posting Details
Requisition Number: 2100313S
Classification Title: Research Scientist, Inter
Position Job Title: Research Scientist, Inter
College/Division: Engineering College
Department: 360200-Carlsbad Env Mon & Res Ctr
Position Number: 719774
Internal or External Search: External - Open to all applicants
Appointment: Full-time Equivalency 1.00
Reports To Position Title: Research/Lab Affairs Officer
Target Hourly/Salary Rate: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Pay Level: 11
Pay Base: Salary
 

Recruitment Summary
New Mexico State University invites you to apply to be a part of a diverse, dynamic and welcoming learning and working environment in Las Cruces, NM. NMSU seeks employees who are creative and flexible in developing and evaluating new ideas and ways to evolve NMSU into the future. Located in the borderlands and adjacent to the mighty Rio Grande, NMSU is a proud Hispanic-serving institution in the minority-majority state of New Mexico. Southern New Mexico features an average of 294 days of sunshine annually, making NMSU ideal for job-seekers who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and bird-watching. NMSU is committed to sustainability through improving and maintaining the quality of human life while preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of ecological systems for the future. We are looking for student-centered employees with a passion for success. NMSU invites you to take the first step to your successful and rewarding career by applying today.

NMSU is New Mexico’s land-grant and space-grant institution, a comprehensive research institution dedicated to teaching, research, public service and outreach. In addition, the NMSU system includes a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, Cooperative Extension Service offices located in each of New Mexico’s 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. New Mexico State University is the institution of choice for more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries.


The City of Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico and is located in Doña Ana County, approximately 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas, and 225 miles south of Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. The Organ Mountains, 10 miles to the east, are dominant in the city’s landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies within a short driving distance of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa, as well as many other locations in the broader borderland region.

Geography, climate, demographics, and ambiance of Las Cruces and NMSU combine to offer a truly excellent place to thrive. Family members will discover a warm, open community that offers an attractive array of activities and outdoor recreation, amenities, services and opportunities, whether they are looking for top-notch education, meaningful employment, or simply a safe and comfortable place to live.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will, under the guidance of technical director, be responsible for managing and overseeing the work in the radiochemistry program at CEMRC. Perform radiochemical analysis and provide technical guidance to radiochemistry staff for radiochemical analysis of routine environmental samples in support of the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Provide technical support for participation in the laboratory Multi-Analyte Performance Evaluation Program (MAPEP) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Radiochemistry Inter-Comparison Program (NIST-RIP) program. Successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation, and completion of project objectives and will communicate results through internal reports, progress reports to sponsors (sections of Department of Energy annual report), or formal presentations. The applicant will have significant responsibility for the safety and the QA envelope of the radiochemistry program. Working with peers, the applicant will be responsible for hands-on processing and subsequent analysis of a variety of sample matrices and includes maintaining multiple types of radiometric counting instrumentation. We are seeking applicants who are committed to safety and standards and who have experience working in a radiological/nuclear facility. Successful candidates must have vast experience with radiochemical separation methods/procedures and demonstrate an aptitude for continuing on-the-job cross training. Occasional work tasks may require working extended hours.

The candidate will contribute to the growth and productivity of CEMRC by developing novel techniques for new analytes, streamlining operations to maximize sample throughput, and designing/executing experiments to test method improvements.

Work near sources of ionizing radiation, near sources of non-ionizing radiation, and toxic chemicals; eye protection (i.e. safety glasses), hood use. Occasional lifting to 25 pounds or more, standing, sitting with occasional use of computer, constant use of sight while reviewing documents, use of speech/hearing abilities for communication, constant alertness, must possess planning/organizing skills, and must be able to work under deadlines. Quality is the foundation for managing our business and the keystone to our goal of customer satisfaction. It is our policy to provide services that meet customer expectations consistently. Accordingly, each employee must conform to the CEMRC’s Quality Policy and carry out job activities in compliance with applicable CEMRC Quality system documents and customer contracts. Each employee must read and understand his/her Quality Management and Customer Satisfaction responsibilities.

Classification Summary
Independently interprets, organizes, executes, and coordinates research assignments. Formulates and conducts research on problems of considerable scope and complexity. Explores subject area and defines scope and selection of problems for investigation through conceptually related studies or series of projects of lesser scope.

Classification Standard Duties
Applies diversified knowledge of scientific research principles, practices, and protocols in research projects; makes recommendations and conclusions which serve as the basis for decision making in a specialty area. Collaborates with users and principal investigators on design, analysis, application, and reporting of research projects; teaches and advises on techniques. Interprets, organizes, executes, and coordinates scientific research assignments concerned with unique or controversial problems. Formulates and conducts systematic problem analysis and resolution in an area of considerable scope and complexity through series of complete and conceptually related studies, or through a variety of projects of lesser scope. Develops model concepts and approaches as an individual researcher and acts independently on technical matters. Supplies technical leadership and consultation to professional co-workers, collaborators, and graduate students. Prepares analyses, reports, and other documentation for publication; presents findings at local, national, and/or international meetings. Prepares grant proposals to obtain funding in support of research activities. Serves as principal investigator on single or multiple projects of complexity and scope consistent with above criteria, and/or manages a research unit. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge
Knowledge and understanding of principles, procedures, regulations, and standards applicable to the job. Understanding of the University’s mission, vision and goals.

Skills
Short- and long-term planning; problem analysis and resolution; report preparation and presentation; interpersonal and organizational communication, both oral and written.

Abilities
Develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct activities.

Required Education
Doctorate degree in related field.

Required Experience
Three (3) years of professional experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.

Equivalency None
Preferred Qualifications

• Doctorate’s degree in chemistry or radiochemistry, or closely related.
• Experience or education with analytical chemistry methods and experimental design.
• Strong interpersonal skills including respectful collaboration and communication, oral and written communication skills.
• Proven ability to work independently with initiative.
• Proven ability to provide day-to-day operational sample processing and technical support while maintaining progress on long term experimental tasks.
• Demonstrated experience with data validation, analytical data report generation, and in meeting programmatic QA/QC requirements.
• Experience performing laboratory equipment or instrument specification, procurement, assembly, modification, maintenance, or repair.
• Basic computer skills including use of Microsoft office products.

Required Certification/License
Special Requirements

Located in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) is a research organization of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. This 26,000 ft2 radiochemistry facility includes environmental, organic, radiochemistry laboratories, and an in- vivo bioassay facility.

Other Departmental Requirements
• Advanced knowledge of and demonstrated experience with one or more of the following analytical techniques: actinide sample preparation including chemical separations, alpha spectroscopy, gamma spectroscopy, liquid scintillation counting, or other analytical chemistry techniques.
• Willingness to and ability to perform hands-on operations with radioactive and nuclear material.
• Experience working in an open front hood within a radiological research facility.
• Advanced knowledge and experience in radiological contamination monitoring and control.
• Demonstrated work experience in a team environment while exhibiting collaborative behavior.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills including technical communications.
• Ability to prepare research documentation and provide peer-review of documentation.
• Ability to contribute ideas to scientific proposals and co-author scientific publications.
• Demonstrated technical leadership in area of expertise.