Senior Research Coordinator, Earth and Environmental Science

Senior Research Coordinator, Earth and Environmental Science

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Posted Job Title
Senior Research Coordinator, Earth and Environmental Science

Job Profile Title
Research Coordinator Senior

Job Description Summary
The Senior Research Coordinator is responsible for managing the ICP-OES service center and for overseeing the maintenance and use of all shared research instruments in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science (EES). The Senior Research Coordinator also serves as the Department's safety officer, coordinates with SAS Facilities about repairs in lab spaces, and is responsible for storing and organizing materials for teaching labs and field research.

Job Description


The Department of Earth and Environmental Science (EES) combines elements of geology and geophysics, chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics to study the earth. Length and time scales of interest range from the atomic to the tectonic, from deep time to the present and future. Research in the Department encompasses the geochemistry and structure of earth materials, soil chemistry and mechanics, sediment transport and geomorphology, structural geology and geophysics, planetary geology, atmospheric chemistry, hydrological processes, climate, glaciology, geomicrobiology, fossilized and living organisms, and human impacts on the environment. Our department brings together faculty, students, postdoctoral scientists, and staff of diverse origins and identities. As laid out in the department's statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion we strive to provide a collegial learning and working environment that feels safe and inclusive for everyone.


The Senior Research Coordinator will support analytical instrumentation use and maintenance for the Department of Earth and Environmental Science (EES). The Senior Coordinator works closely with faculty and students within EES, and others, in their use of research instruments including XRD, XRF, GF-AAS, and IC. An inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) is supported in a service center. As appropriate to each instrument, the coordinator provides basic instrument maintenance and calibration per manufacturer recommendations, maintains service contracts and arranges more advanced maintenance, provides training in sample preparation and instrument use, orders instrument parts and supplies, and manages scheduling and billing. Writing standard operating protocols for analytical instruments and other laboratory equipment may be required. The Senior Coordinator acts as the department's safety officer in overseeing the use of these instruments and in other research activities by working in collaboration with Penn's Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety. The Senior Coordinator supports teaching labs by cataloging and making available teaching materials and by keeping lab instruments in working order. The position may also support fieldwork by being responsible for storage of equipment and helping with logistics. The Senior Coordinator communicates with the building administrator to request repairs within laboratory spaces.


Bachelor's degree with 2 to 3 years of experience in research or lab management, or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. Master's or PhD in the Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, or a related field preferred. The position requires a technical background in analytical instrumentation. Experience with an ICP-OES is preferred. Applicants should have strong organizational and communication skills and be able to work unsupervised.

The salary for this position is expected to be from $44,000 to $60,000 a year.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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