Manage and maintain Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) and provide expert assistance to users of the facility. Tain both internal (UMN) and external (non UMN university or industrial) clients in the safe running and correct operation of the SEMs. Run samples for users of the facility and to provide expert interpretation of the results. If further work is required, collaborate on long term research projects with users with the aim of publishing scientific papers and potential to develop new methods of analysis.
Manage instruments independently, assist in managing instrument service contracts, developing instrument rates, determinig project costs with clients. Supervise laboratory space. Serve as expert resource to colleagues and clients. Analyze complex samples and data to test methods and interpret results. Prepare and interpret results for clients and for publications and presentations.
1. Day to day maintenance of the Scanning Electron Microscopes and assistance to users when needed. Troubleshoot equipment problems and solve as able or interface with manufacturer as needed. Assist instrument users to obtain optimal imagges and troubleshoot equipment and user issues. Maintain equipment regularly and ensure proper operation and use at all times. As an internal sales/external sales organization, provide specialized analysis to vendors to interpret results and provide specialized data analysis.
2. Training of both Internal (UMN) and External (Non UMN university or Industrial) users in the safe and correct operation of the SEMs. Training is requested by users of the facility. Responsible for providing standard user form and using specialized SEM experience and knowledge to determine which instrument will best meet there research needs. Responsiblefor training to demonstrate the functions of the machine and work through examples as a group with each trainee operating the microscope. Provide hand-on trainee testing which is a single hour session with each trainee independently after the class, and asses whether they are capable of independent use of the instrument. If users already have experience with the operation of an SEM then work with them individually to show them the correct operation of our SEMs, this can be as short as an hour for very experienced users, or several hours for less experienced users. As part of training duties, offer training in advanced techniques on the SEM such as EDS, EBSD and CL. These are usually one on one sessions with users and will be targeted at their specific samples and problems. These trainings are typically done in one half day session, although further training may be required for analysis of complex samples.
3. Run sample analyses for users, both internal and external clients, and provide them with expert results and interpretation. Consult with clients on their project needs, determine the capabilities and expected results, provide a quote on services and costs. Responsible for sample preparation, imagine, and final report to client. Provide experienced analysis for client projects and follow up with client on results as needed.
4. Work on long term collaborative research projects with clients and your own research projects with the department of Earth Sciences, specializing in the technique of Electron BackScatter Diffraction (EBSD). Utilize novel materials or apply specialized techniques to unique and new problems. Lead an area of analysis in order to develop new techniques for clients and the University. This may include designing new sample holders and getting the calibration files corrected for a new geometry.
5. Run and maintain the ancillary sample preparation equipment for SEM observations. Samples to be observed in the SEM often require specialized preparation. Manage a suite of preparation equipment including cold mounting media, cutting, grinding and polishing equipment and some chemicals for cleaning or preparing the surface for observation. Utilize coating machines to make samples conductive for observation, and maintain these machines in good working order.
PhD in physical sciences
Substantial research and publication record
Experience running and maintaining Scanning Electron Miscroscopes (SEM): Instruments - JEOL 6500F and FEI HELIOS G4UX. Ability to use and maintain Nikon Optiphot.
Required knowledge of EBSD - collection and analysis using the Oxford Technologies software package
Experience training users on microscopes
PhD in Geology, Earth Sciences, or similar field
5-8 years experience
Experience in a chemical laboratory and familiarity with lab safety rules and regulations and handling of hazardous materials
Internal Number: 335596
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