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Shared Instrumentation Facility, Microscope Manager

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Work type: Research Faculty or Associate Full Time, Research Support Full Time
Location: Golden, CO
Categories: Academic Affairs

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

The Shared Instrumentation Facility (SIF) at Colorado School of Mines is seeking a primary manager for its atom probe (Cameca LEAP 4000X Si) and two scanning electron microscope / focused ion beam instruments (FEI Helios NanoLab 600i and Tescan S8252G).  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 faculty and 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 atom probe tomography and electron microscopy.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related Science or Engineering field
  • Minimum of 2 years direct experience in atom probe tomography including specimen preparation, instrument operation, and data analysis
  • Minimum of 2 years of direct experience in scanning electron microscopy and focused ion beam operation including APT specimen preparation via focused ion beam methods
  • Experience with atom probe tomography (APT) operation for materials science
  • Familiarity with the theory and data analysis techniques for APT
  • Experience with scanning electron microscopy / focused ion beam instruments (SEM/FIB) and associated techniques (EDX, EBSD, lift-out TEM and APT specimen preparation)
  • Familiarity with the theory and data analysis techniques for SEM/FIB
  • Strong interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related Science or Engineering field
  • Experience with additional APT specimen preparation methods such as electropolishing
  • Experience analyzing a wide variety of materials via APT
  • Experience with 3D imaging in SEM/FIB instruments
  • Experience in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM)
  • Experience troubleshooting and recovering microscope 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 Raman spectroscopy
  • Record of relevant publications 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:

$70,000 - $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 fully paid medical, dental as well as 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: Apply by June 6th for full consideration. 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.

Please contact Kathleen Feighny in Human Resources at with any questions about this opportunity.
Background Investigation Required: Yes
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
This position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or exemption because of a medical or religious exclusion. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire. Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.

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