Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry(ICP-MS) Specialist

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Earth And Mineral Sciences
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
Full/Part Time:


The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State University seeks an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry(ICP-MS)Specialist capable of managing a laboratory with multiple ICP-MS instruments (Laboratory for Isotopes and Metals in the Environment). The Specialist could manage and/or operate two quadrupole ICP-MS instruments (X-Series II and iCap RQ) and, potentially, a multiple-collector ICP-MS. The candidate should have experience with plasma-based analytical instrumentation, such as ICP-MS and/or MC-ICP-MS, as well as wet chemical techniques (especially rock/soil digestion and ion exchange chromatography). Experience with ICP-MS and laser ablation techniques, and in the application of ICP-MS-based techniques to the fields of material characterization and geochemistry, is preferred but not required. Salary will be commensurate with experience level. The position could be available immediately. Related facilities at Penn State that the specialist could be involved with include a 193 nm laser ablation system, a metal-free sample preparation laboratory, a clean laboratory that houses a Neptune MC-ICP-MS and related acid washing, sample digestion, and ion chromatographic facilities, and a Triton Plus thermal ionization mass spectrometer. Viable candidates must be capable of providing analytical services to and collaborating with research groups in various departments across the Penn State campus, managing and maintaining a multi-instrument facility, developing analytical techniques for various applications, and training users, including students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This position is part-time, working approximately 20 hour per week. Questions about the position can be directed to Matt Fantle ( or Susan Brantley (

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088