Research Technologist 2 (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:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – G – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
Full/Part Time:


The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at The Pennsylvania 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 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. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 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. 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). Questions about the position can be directed to Matt Fantle ( or Susan Brantley ( The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace. This position is a full time, fixed-term position funded for one year from the date of hire with excellent possibility of refunding.

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