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Project Scientist Series -Electron Microscopy Scientific Staff

Salary-Commensurate with experience

POSTING DATE:  August 22, 2016    closing date: open until filled


Manage the day-to-day operations and help guide the strategic build-out of the new transmission electron microscopy (TEM) facility at the UC Irvine Materials Research Institute (IRMI). IMRI has a large and growing user community of over 300 academic and industry users, with advanced materials characterization instruments that include state-of-the-art TEMs, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), focused ion beam (FIB) systems, and a Kratos AXIS Supra surface science instrument (for details see IMRI has recently built a new TEM facility housing five major instruments, including four high-end TEMs (Nion UltraSTEM 200 HERMES, JEOL JEM-ARM300CF “Grand ARM,” JEM-2800, and JEM-2100F Cryo-TEM) and a dual-beam FIB (Tescan GAIA-3 XMH FIB-SEM). Both the Grand ARM and the 2100F Cryo-TEM will be equipped with Gatan’s K2 cameras. IMRI is also equipped with a variety of TEM holders and specimen preparation tools. 

A TEM scientific staff position for cryo-TEM specialist for biological and soft materials is available. The successful applicants must hold PhD or equivalent degrees in the areas of Biology, Medicine, Materials Science, Physics, or Chemistry, and be TEM experts with at least five years of in-depth, hands-on experience with cryo-TEM imaging, data analysis, biological sample preparation, and maintenance of TEM equipment. The applicant must have mastery of modern TEM instrumentation and methods, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Candidates with experience operating user facilities and expertise with advanced TEM techniques are of particular interest. Duties include: operate, maintain, and improve the TEMs; work with the IMRI leadership to identify and obtain accessories and additional equipment for a phased build-out of the TEM facility; train, supervise, and work directly with users to carry out research; co-manage all aspects of day-to-day IMRI operations; participate in teaching and outreach activities; promote IMRI on and off campus; secure grants, perform original research, attend scientific conferences, and publish scientific research in peer-reviewed journals.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,  national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


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