Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Job Opportunities

The department regularly posts employment opportunities for students, administrative and technical staff, postdocs, and faculty.

Grants and Financial Manager

This position provides high-level, comprehensive grant and finance management for the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (DEEPS). Responsibilities include: high-level financial planning and analysis; pre- and post-award research administration; purchasing approvals; management of the department and auxiliary accounts; processing of salary allocations and costings; and effort certification coordination. This position also manages and supervises three employees (a grants coordinator, financial coordinator, and admin coordinator) and serves as HR coordinator in Workday, overseeing undergraduate student employment and approving hours for technical staff.

The Grants and Financial Manager partners with the Academic Department Manager (ADM) on all matters pertaining to grant administration and financial oversight of all University funds. This position serves as backup for the ADM.

This position plays a pivotal role in the financial management of DEEPS and provides a critical leadership role in support of budget management and analysis, research administration (both pre and post award) and adherence to and compliance with all University policies. Oversight of externally funded research grants is essential.

The successful candidate will have the ability to effectively advise the chair and the ADM regarding the financial status of the department, the financial implications of new initiatives and proposals, and the deployment of departmental resources. The successful applicant will work with confidential information on a daily basis.

This position is hybrid eligible.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 5-7 years’ experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Experience in grants administration and financial management, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Direct experience in financial management, including budget management, reporting, financial modeling, and financial analysis.
  • In-depth knowledge of sponsored project accounting, fund accounting, and financial reporting.
  • Proficient with grant sponsor websites: NSF Fastlane; Research.gov; and Nspires.
  • Knowledge of University systems and policies.
  • Highly proficient with financial reporting and spreadsheet applications.
  • Strong financial, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills with the ability to work independently.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a deadline-driven environment and juggle competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

REQ191834
Grade 10
Full time
Hybrid Eligible  

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DEEPS Communications Assistant (Student Worker) 

This position will assist the Communications Specialist with drafting web content, gathering information and media, and creating social media projects to enhance the DEEPS website and engage with the DEEPS community online. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Interview students and alumni for web stories

  • Propose and create social media content, especially for the @brown_deeps Instagram 

  • Support other communications projects as needed 

  • Meet weekly to assess project goals and strategies

Job Qualifications

  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading ability 

  • Familiarity with digital communications, social media tools, and best practices 

  • Graphic design using programs like Canva or Adobe Creative Suite 

  • Experience shooting/editing short-form videos for social media preferred

REQ192215
Part time, student worker
Hours: 2-3 weekly average, max 10
Hybrid Eligible  

Contact: Mae_Jackson@brown.edu 

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Lab Manager

The Paleoclimate and Climate Change Lab at Brown University seeks a Lab Manager to provide high-level oversight to the lab and to support and contribute to a diverse portfolio of research projects. The Lab Manager will manage operations of the lab's analytical facilities, including ICP-OES and cavity ringdown spectrometers, and provide assistance to student research assistants and visiting researchers alike.

Responsibilities include instrument operation, scheduling, and maintenance; lab purchasing and related paperwork; sample preparation; data and metadata analysis, quality control, and archival; training and oversight of student research assistants and other lab personnel; and ensuring compliance with environmental health and safety guidelines.

The lab manager will assist in fostering external collaborations, drafting manuscripts, and preparing grants.

This full-time, 12-month position is fully funded by internal funds and external grants.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in geosciences, environmental science, or other STEM field required with a minimum of 2 years of related work experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of 1 year of managerial experience is required.
  • Masters or PhD in Geoscience, Oceanography, or related field preferred.
  • Prior experience in climate, paleoclimate, and/or oceanographic research preferred
  • Experience operating analytical instrumentation.
  • Experience with data analysis and visualization software (e.g. R, Matlab, Python)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with Google Suite, MS Office, and data analysis and visualization software
  • Scientific writing and reporting
  • Experience in training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Experience in the analysis of high-resolution climate archives such as corals, speleothems, tree rings, ice cores, lake, and marine sediments, etc.
  • Problem-solving and troubleshooting skills in a laboratory environment
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

REQ191595
Grade 9
Full time, Fixed term 
Onsite 

Please direct questions to Kim_cobb@brown.edu

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Research Laboratory Technician

The Research Laboratory Technician (RLT) at the Sulfur Isotope Laboratory at Brown University provides high-level oversight of lab operations and supports and contributes to a diverse portfolio of research projects. The Technician will manage operations of the lab's dual-inlet gas source mass spectrometer and wet chemistry laboratory that will be used for sample preparation; this includes sample digestions and gas purification. The individual will train and support students, postdocs, and visitors to the lab, and participate in lab outreach and education.

Responsibilities include: instrument operation, scheduling and maintenance; lab purchasing and related paperwork; sample preparation and analysis from internal and external requests; data and metadata analysis, quality control, and archival; training and oversight of student research assistants (RAs) and other lab personnel; and ensures compliance with environmental health and safety guidelines.

As time allows the RLT will also have the option to engage in independent research projects including fostering external collaborations, drafting of manuscripts, and preparation of grants (up to 20% of time).

This position is 100% grant funded and is fixed term until December 31st 2024.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Geosciences or related field and 3-5 years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  Ph.D. strongly preferred.
  • Experience operating analytical instrumentation.
  • Experience in mass spectrometry.
  • Experience operating gas vacuum lines and conducting gas purification.
  • Experience with rock digestions while using strong acids and solvents.
  • Experience in training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Scientific writing and reporting.
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community.
  • Ability to interact well with a large number of students and visitors to the lab.
  • Ability to teach others.

Additional physical demands and working conditions:

  • The incumbent must complete the necessary EHS training within one month of starting the position.
  • This position is fully on-site.

REQ191088
Grade 9
Full time, Fixed term
Onsite

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Assistant Professor in Planetary Science

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Planetary Science.  Ideal candidates are those working on fundamental geological processes applicable across multiple Solar System bodies and who would broaden and enhance existing departmental strengths in remote sensing, geophysics, planetary materials, climate and environmental science, and geochemistry. We encourage candidates from all fields of planetary science to apply. 

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active, externally-funded research program, enjoy a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute to the academic community of the department and university. Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to the mission of the Department and University. Accordingly, the Department seeks qualified candidates who can contribute to racial and gender equity, diversity, and inclusion through service, mentorship, teaching, and/or scholarship. The Department is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

The appointment will begin on July 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. A Ph.D. or equivalent is required by time of appointment. To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statements describing your planned activities in research, teaching, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for  three references via interfolio. To apply, visit: apply.interfolio.com/127244

Review of applications will begin on Sept. 25, 2023. To receive full consideration applicants should submit all materials by that date. For further information contact the search committee chair, Ralph Milliken (Ralph_Milliken@Brown.edu).

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Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Box 1846
324 Brook Street
Providence, RI 02912

DEEPS@Brown.edu
(401) 863-3339