Astrobiology and Planetary Science Research Assistant

March – June 2016, with possible extension through August 2016

The Research Assistant will assist with research focused on the preservation and recovery of biomarkers using samples collected from planetary analog environments and samples from International Space Station radiation exposure experiments. For example, the Research Assistant will be trained to perform lipid analyses employing techniques used in organic chemistry (solvent extraction of organic compounds, separation using thin layer chromatography, chemical derivatizations, and analysis using gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS).  Other types of instrumental analyses include UV/Vis/IR spectroscopy, and LC-MS, so familiarity with these is desired.  Secondary to the research tasks, the Research Assistant will assist with general laboratory maintenance, including washing glassware, performing lab safety inspections, and coordinating hazardous waste pick-up.

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