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Research Associate

Company: Gemological Institute of America, Inc.
Location: New York
Posted on: October 12, 2018

Job Description:

Assists Research Scientists and other Research Associates in the organizing, and conducting of advanced testing (spectroscopic, chemical, and others) of gem materials. Interprets gemological and spectroscopic analysis results, and contributes to research projects, by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Contribute to research projects in the study of natural, treated, and synthetic diamonds/colored stones/pearls to develop new identification criteria to include, but not limited to:

    Participate in research efforts in support of Research Scientists. Conduct research, utilizing institution library, archives, and collections, and other sources of information, to collect, record, analyze, and evaluate facts. Prepare samples, conducts data collection, analysis, interpretation and publication. Contribute to group work activities by labeling slides, key-wording articles, cataloging gem collection materials and data. Discuss findings with other personnel to evaluate validity of findings. Prepare reports of completed projects for publication in technical journals, for presentation to agency requesting project, or for use in further applied or theoretical research activities. Provide research presentations and publications, as directed, to share project results to other GIA departments and to the general jewelry industry.

    • Publish discoveries, findings and research results in Gems & Gemology or in other publications.
    • Travel domestically and/or internationally occasionally on behalf of GIA Research utilizing commercial transportation resources.
    • May support colored stones, pearls, and other gem stones production by performing gemological, spectroscopic, and chemical analysis.
    • May perform data analysis, data file management, and database construction
    • Communicate effectively, gets along with coworkers and management, and deals with others effectively and professionally under pressure.

      SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

      N/A

      EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

      Master's degree required in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Sciences, Earth Sciences, or related fields, or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

      If not already acquired obtaining of the GG and FGA diplomas are essential to the position.

      QUALIFICATIONS

      To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

      Understanding of non-destructive analytical chemistry and instrumentation

      With a high-level knowledge of spectroscopy and its principles

      With basic understanding and experience of instrument operation

      Good knowledge and experience in computer operations

      High-level knowledge and experiences in data analysis, date file management, and database construction (as needed)

      LANGUAGE SKILLS

      Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

      MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

      Ability to comprehend and apply principles of advanced calculus, modern algebra, and advanced statistical theory.

      REASONING ABILITY

      Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

      CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

      N/A

      PHYSICAL DEMANDS

      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

      Disclaimer: This job description indicates in general terms, the type and level of work performed as well as the typical responsibilities of employees in this classification and it may be changed by management at any time. Other duties may also apply. Nothing in this job description changes the at-will employment relationship existing between the Company and its employees.

      Keywords: Gemological Institute of America, Inc., New York , Research Associate, Other , New York, New York

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