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Researcher/Scientist III
The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona
Date Posted November 17, 2020
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Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Researcher/Scientist III
Tucson, AZ, United States
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Researcher/Scientist III
Posting Number req3156
Department Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Department Website Link https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/
Location Main Campus
Address Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights

The Kuiper Materials Imaging and Characterization Facility (KMICF) at the University of Arizona invites applications for the position of Researcher/Scientist III. KMICF is part of a network of core analytical facilities and is dedicated to imaging, spectroscopy, and analysis of heterogeneous materials. Laboratories include electron microprobe, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and focused ion beam electron microscopy. The Researcher/Scientist III will work with the instrument scientist and will be responsible for managing daily operations of the focused-ion-beam and scanning electron microscope laboratories. The Researcher/Scientist III will have access to world-class electron- and ion-beam instrumentation and the opportunity to work in a dynamic research environment. The successful candidate will be a highly organized individual with knowledge of electron and ion-beam instrumentation and laboratory practices. A professional demeanor and demonstrated interpersonal skills are required for working with all levels of users including: students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, other staff scientists, their guests and visitors, as well as the general public.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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As a cost-saving measure related to the impact of COVID-19, Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs have been approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. All new hires subject to the programs will be notified in accordance with adopted Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs guidelines and will be required to comply with all measures. To learn more about the programs and whether this position is affected, please visit hr.arizona.edu/FY-2020-2021-Furlough-Program.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Operate and maintain the ThermoFisher (formerly FEI) Helios G3 focused-ion-beam scanning-electron microscope (FIB-SEM) and the Hitachi S-4800 and S-3400 SEMs
  • Collaborate with users (faculty and students) on new experiments, data interpretation, publications, and grant  proposals (where appropriate)
  • Be responsible for equipment troubleshooting and performing or coordinating instrument maintenance, service, and repair
  • Manage instrument scheduling, maintain lab records (including data archiving), submit monthly billing, and order routine operational supplies
  • Be responsible for establishing and monitoring compliance with safe operating procedures within the lab as per university regulations
  • Organize individual or group training sessions and certify new users for safe and proper instrument use, which may also include organizing and running user workshops
  • Help oversee user operation of facility sample-preparation equipment
  • Regularly perform oral and/or written communication of results to users, instrument scientist, and/or facility oversight committee
  • Recommend lab and/or instrument upgrades
  • Inconsultation with the instrument scientist, the staff scientist will be encouraged to lead proposals and papers related to technique and method development
  • Keep abreast of new developments in the field, updates skills, seeks/recommends supplemental training to advance knowledge and facility capabilities
  • Perform other tasks as assigned
  • Excellent oral/written communication and superior organization skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.

Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is typically required.

Preferred Qualifications

• Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or related field with strong electron microscopy background

• Minimum of 2 years of laboratory-management experience

• Minimum 2 years of experience in operation of SEM system(s) preferably including high resolution SEM, variable pressure SEM, EDS, EBSD, and Raman spectroscopy techniques

• Experience with electron backscatter diffraction and in situ Raman analysis

• Experience with TEM a plus, including scanning TEM (STEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) of planetary materials

• Experience in  proper and ethical imaging practices and protocols

• Experience in operating characteristics of electron microscopes, vacuum systems, and data storage

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Fiscal
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay DOE
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Grade 8
Career Stream and Level PC3
Job Family Researchers & Scientists
Job Function Research
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date 11/29/2020
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Tom Zega
Open Date 11/13/2020
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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