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Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
2 days ago

Description

We are looking for a talented TEM microscopy specialist with demonstrated expertise in STEM, EELS, EDS, FIB/SEM, diffraction, materials science, and data analysis to oversee analytical instruments & perform advanced materials characterization. As a TEM specialist at the Shared Instrumentation Facility of Louisiana State University, you will be the main person responsible for developing and implementing effective TEM techniques & applications of our high-end STEM instrument. This instrument will have a suite of TEM holders for dedicated applications such as gas cell TEM microscopy, liquid cell TEM microscopy, CryoTEM, 3D tomography, in-situ heating and cooling experiment, etc. The overall goal is to support and further the research mission of a diverse range of research groups, including academic and industrial units, as well as to maintain the high-end STEM instrument. In this role, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Being responsible for operation and maintenance of the Thermo Fisher Spectra300 scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) and related lab equipment.
  • Training new users on the STEM instrument.
  • Preparing TEM samples, including but not limited to using FIB/SEM to prepare thin lamellar from bulk material, using microtome to prepare ultra-thin sections, and using other methods to prepare TEM samples from a wide range of materials.
  • Developing analytical techniques and applications to solve customer problems.
  • Establishing and/or refining standard operating procedures (SOPs) for data collection and analysis.
  • Using commercial software for data processing and statistical analysis.
  • Generating reports and effectively communicating results and conclusions to SIF customers
  • Operating and helping to maintain a variety of analytical instruments, metrology tools, and laboratory equipment used for characterization of advanced materials.
  • Teaching Lab sessions and providing demonstrations for ME7723 and other courses, as needed.
  • Regularly reporting to SIF director with equipment status updates and ongoing projects.
  • Assisting SIF director with outreaching and expansion of SIF business.
  • Other SIF-related duties as assigned by SIF director

Job Responsibilities:

Training internal users on the Thermo Fisher Spectra300 scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) instrument. Preparing TEM samples, including but not limited to using FIB/SEM to prepare thin lamellar from bulk material, using microtome to prepare ultra-thin sections, and using other methods to prepare TEM samples from a wide range of materials. Using commercial software for data processing and statistical analysis. Teaching Lab sessions and providing demonstrations for ME7723 and other courses, as needed. (60%)

Establishing and/or refining standard operating procedures (SOPs) for data collection and analysis. Responsible for operation and routine maintenance of the STEM instrument and related lab equipment. Developing analytical techniques and applications to solve customer problems. Generating reports and effectively communicating results and conclusions to SIF customers. Regularly reporting to SIF director with equipment status updates and ongoing projects, including but not limited to, acquiring data for internal users on other instruments such as XRD, Raman and XPS, purchasing supplies, etc.. (25%)

Supporting the SIF Director in the expansion and development of LSU Defense partnerships. (10%)

Other duties as assigned. (5%)

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, or a closely related field and 5+ years of experience. Hands-on experience using TEM, STEM, EELS, SEM, EDS, samples preparation, and related analytical instruments providing physical, chemical, and structural details about materials properties. Familiarity with Thermo Fisher or FEI Multipurpose Analytical SEM/TEM. Experience of post data processing and analyzing to extract relevant information, identify trends, and determine structure-process-property correlations. Experience with materials science or related fields with expertise in materials characterization, process engineering, and data analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, or a closely related field. Strong organizational skills to streamline projects, maximize productivity, and manage data files. Excellent analytical and statistical skills to collect, analyze, and interpret characterization data. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and ability to collaborate on cross-functional teams. Strong multitasking and time management skills with ability to independently set priorities to meet deadlines.

Physical Demands:

Physical ability and eye-hand coordination necessary to use a computer terminal, copier, telephone and other standard office equipment; ability to sit in the same position for extended periods (5.5+ hours a day) at a time using continuous hand motions when entering data into the computer system. May be required to occasionally lift up to 50 lbs.

Additional Information:

Due to the nature of the position and / or position responsibilities this position shall be subject to and pre-employment screenings (drug screen, physical, and background check) as required by LSU FASOP HR-04 and PS-67. LSU requires the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff or mandatory monthly testing. New employees must either submit proof of vaccination by October 15, 2021 or within three (3) days of their official start date, otherwise be entered into the mandatory monthly testing protocol beginning in November 2021.

Qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, or a closely related field; with 5+ years’ experience or equivalent.
  • A proven track record in materials science or related fields with expertise in materials characterization, process engineering, and data analysis.
  • Extensive hands-on experience using TEM, STEM, EELS, SEM, EDS, samples preparation, and related analytical instruments providing physical, chemical, and structural details about materials properties.
  • Familiarity with Thermo Fisher or FEI Multipurpose Analytical SEM/TEM.
  • Extensive experience of post data processing and analyzing to extract relevant information, identify trends, and determine structure-process-property correlations.
  • Strong organizational skills to streamline projects, maximize productivity, and manage data files.
  • Excellent analytical and statistical skills to collect, analyze, and interpret characterization data.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and ability to collaborate on cross-functional teams.
  • Strong multitasking and time management skills with ability to independently set priorities to meet deadlines.

Special Instructions:

Please provide cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address.

Please attach ALL required documents under the "Resume/CV" section of your application.

A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.

This position may be required to report to campus in times of emergency and / or closure per PS-18.

Due to the nature of the position and / or position responsibilities this position shall be subject to and pre-employment screenings (drug screen, physical, and background check) as required by LSU FASOP HR-04 and PS-67.

Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (hr@lsu.edu).

   

COVID-19 Vaccine Protocol:

LSU requires the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff or mandatory monthly testing. New employees must either submit proof of vaccination within three (3) days of their official start date, otherwise they will be entered into the mandatory monthly testing protocol beginning in November 2021.

HCM Contact Information:

Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed HR@lsu.edu



Job Information

  • Job ID: 65068835
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
  • Position Title: Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy Specialist
  • Company Name For Job: Louisiana State University
  • Job Function: Technical Specialist
  • Job Type: Full-Time

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (LSU), opened in 1860, is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant university and is the Flagship institution of the State of Louisiana. LSU serves the people of Louisiana, the region, the nation, and the world through extensive, multipurpose programs encompassing instruction, research, and public service. The University brings in more than $150 million annually in outside research grants and contracts, a significant factor for the Louisiana economy. LSU repres...

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