Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: NUANCE Center Salary/Grade: EXS/6
Responsible for ensuring the completion of research projects within the Core Facility. Provides services and consultation to researchers and investigators, and facilitates highly technical and specialized scientific research. Guides the Core in relevant areas to ensure consistent, high quality service for the research community. The EPIC (Electron Probe Instrumentation Center) facility includes five SEMs (including EDS, WDS, EBSD, lithography systems, hot/cold stages, etc.), four TEMs, one dual-beam FIB, and 20+ sample preparation instruments. The SEM Lab Technician is primarily responsible for safety, training, technical assistance and operational management of the electron microscopy and Sample Preparation Facility (SPF) labs, with an emphasis on SPF (sputter coating, ion-beam thinning, ion polishing, plasma cleaning, metallography, etching, cutting, grinding, electro-polishing, etc.) technical operations. Focus is on providing technical, IT and project collaborative support to users, maintaining the facility and instruments, and performing sample preparation and imaging for external users.
Note: Most work is performed in lab areas. Work schedule may include evenings and weekends.
Maintains clear and accurate documentation of the protocols, instrumentation logs, and/or data collected.
Maintains established laboratory inventories
Records work accurately and completely
May contribute to grant writing
Participates or develops cost analyses
Assists with administrative duties necessary for a fee-for-service facility operation such as collecting and/ or entering facility billing data
Utilizes established safety practices, and is responsible for providing a safe work environment for fellow employees and clients
Collaboration – Strategy
Participates in the identification of Core Facility needs
Provides input during goal setting processes
Demonstrates a sound, working knowledge of techniques in other laboratories in order to provide cross-over assistance to clients
Assists in the organization of in-house and/ or off-site training
Participates in the delivery of presentations, seminars, and workshops
Networks with key decision-makers within the research community
Performs literature reviews for the purposes of furthering the research
May contribute data analysis for researchers, using specialized software in a form useful for further statically analysis or publications
Assists in the development of new analysis techniques and methodologies
Applies relevant science to Core technologies and applications
Utilizes advances knowledge of applications, principles, theories, and concepts to design and troubleshoot projects for the research community
Troubleshoots problems with procedures and equipment, and suggests adjustments to protocols.
Works on advanced problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors
Exercises judgement within defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques.
Trains Core staff and clients in advanced instrument operation and applications
Maintains SEM and SPF equipment in good condition; works with instrument vendor service staff to maximize instrument “up time” to promote high level of service to the facility users
Continuously monitors and tracks the proper function and reliability of the SEM and SPF instruments; places service calls promptly and tracks completion of attendant repairs and maintenance; develops and maintains systems for communicating instrument status to facility users and management staff
Provides technical support for all SEM and SPF users, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty and external users
Conveys instructions clearly to a large number of diverse users with all levels of experience
Supports all users on SEM and SPF instruments and other equipment as necessary
Trains and provides oversight to lower-level Core staff and clients
Performs other duties as assigned
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience
2 years of relevant domain expertise
4 years of technical or other relevant experience
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Data presentation skills
Experimental design ability
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Advanced degree in Electron Microscopy or related physical sciences discipline
Experience in laboratory maintenance and safety management
Demonstrated interest in advanced laboratory instrumentation and electron microscopy
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Excellence - works efficiently, produces quality work that is both accurate and insightful
Discovery - makes improvements to the way work gets done
Collaboration - builds strong working relationships and a positive work environment
Diversity - treats everyone with courtesy and respect, providing a welcoming community for all
Integrity - acts ethically, seeking guidance when the ethics of a situation are not clear
Strong mechanical systems and computer skills and knowledge of basic science principles
Ability to work with complex machines and teach skills to others
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37665
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.