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Shared Instrumentation Facility, Microscope Manager

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Work type: Research Faculty or Associate Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Laboratory Support/Management, Chemistry, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Physics

Position Title: Shared Instrumentation Facility, Microscope Manager
The Opportunity:

The Shared Instrumentation Facility (SIF) at Colorado School of Mines is seeking a manager for its two transmission electron microscopes (FEI Tecnai T12 and FEI Talos F200X) and its scanning probe microscope (Asylum MFP-3D).  The successful candidate will be a part of the team of research staff who support research activities across the entire campus.  The candidate will be primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of these instruments, including maintenance, training, and data analysis.  The candidate will work closely with graduate students and other researchers performing microscopy on these instruments.

  • Maintaining the instruments in good operating condition
  • Providing training and support for internal and external users
  • Maintaining laboratory safety
  • Analyzing samples for internal and external users
  • Engaging with the local microscopy community, and providing advice on specimen preparation and analysis methods
  • Maintaining instrument usage records for billing
  • Troubleshooting and correcting instrument problems and calling in service requests as needed
  • Working with faculty and other researchers on implementing new methods, including keeping current on the latest developments in electron microscopy and scanning probe techniques
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related Science or Engineering field
  • Minimum of 3 years direct experience in transmission electron microscopy including scanning transmission electron microscopy
  • Minimum of 1 year of direct experience in scanning probe microscopy
  • Experience with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) operation and associated techniques (bright field and dark field imaging, electron diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX), high resolution imaging) for materials science
  • Familiarity with the theory and data analysis techniques for TEM
  • Experience with scanning probe microscopy and associated techniques (atomic force microscopy, magnetic force microscopy, Kelvin probe force microscopy)
  • Familiarity with the theory and data analysis techniques for SPM
  • Experience with TEM specimen preparation techniques
  • Strong interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related Science or Engineering field
  • Experience in focused ion beam (FIB) preparation of TEM specimens
  • Experience with traditional TEM specimen preparation methods (electropolishing, dimpling and ion milling)
  • Experience troubleshooting and recovering TEM issues, including vacuum, software, and hardware issues
  • Experience managing instrumentation
  • Experience working with students and training others
  • Experience working with and communicating with service engineers
  • Knowledge of other materials characterization techniques, such as SEM and XRD
  • Track record of publication in scientific journals
About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. 
Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range:

$62,920 - $75,350

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume/CV and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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