The University of Minnesota is seeking an experienced transmission electron microscopist for a position in the College of Science and Engineering Characterization Facility (CharFac), which houses a variety of transmission and scanning electron microscopes, in addition to other advanced materials and biological characterization instruments. The applicant should have expertise in TEM maintenance, high-resolution TEM imaging, analytical (S)TEM with EELS and EDX spectroscopy, specimen preparation, and interpretation of results from (S)TEM. Knowledge of aberration-corrected STEM is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to multi-task on a variety of TEM-related activities, both independently and in collaboration with users ranging from those seeking the services of an expert microscopist (i.e., researchers with minimal TEM understanding) to those seeking training to become independent microscopists. The job includes substantial (S)TEM management (instrumentation and user base) as well as teaching aspects, as the CharFac has a long history of training and mentoring students and postdocs to use state-of-the-art materials characterization instrumentation. A Ph.D. or M.S. in materials science, physics, geology, chemistry, chemical engineering, or similar discipline is required. A minimum of five years TEM experience is required.
In addition to the specific technical criteria of a TEM microscopist, the following attributes are sought:
Ability to interface well with industrial personnel including both proprietary analytical services and scholarly collaboration.
Strong interest in (a) hands-on laboratory work; (b) data analysis; and (c) authoring reports, application notes, scholarly publications and user training materials.
Interest and aptitude for developing new analytical methodologies.
Enthusiasm for public presentation including workshops, short courses and symposia.
35% - Provide training, education, and marketing to Characterization Facility TEM users and potential users. Includes introductory group training classes, as well as advanced one-on-one training, and impromptu assistance to users who have questions or develop problems during their scheduled instrument time. Create and maintain documentation and educational materials.
30% - Ensure that the CharFac TEMs remain in good working order. Troubleshoot day-to-day issues and coordinate major hardware maintenance with service engineers. Repair and occasionally rebuild support equipment. Perform necessary microscope alignments and magnification calibrations.
20% - Collaborate with research groups at the University of Minnesota, as well as other colleges and universities, and industry. Act as an expert in TEM techniques to operate the instrument and analyze the resulting data. Keep up to date with advances in TEM techniques, and develop new analytical approaches or novel approaches of existing techniques.
15% - Perform service work for both academic and industrial clients, which requires the use of advanced or complex techniques to obtain the information the client desires. Communicate with the client to discuss proposed analysis, develop a characterization plan, and convey the results.
M.S. in materials science, physics, geology, chemistry, chemical engineering, or similar discipline
Ph.D. in materials science, physics, geology, chemistry, chemical engineering, or similar discipline
Minimum of five years TEM experience
Internal Number: 341697
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