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Electron Microprobe Research Scientist

University of Minnesota

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Minimum qualifications:

Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in physical sciences or engineering with substantial research and publication record.
Experience analyzing geological samples by Electron Probe Microanalyzer (EPMA) is essential, including quantitative analysis, mapping, imaging, standardization, and familiarity with EPMA hardware and software. Some experience maintaining a microprobe is desirable, but some amount of on-the-job training is expected.

Preferred qualifications:

2-3 years of research experience.
Outreach and/or marketing experience.

Position summary: Responsibilities for this position are split between CSEs Characterization Facility where the employee will manage the Electron Probe Microanalyzer (EPMA) and the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences where the employee will provide teaching and service (e.g. departmental committees; mentor students) to the department.

Essential Functions:
Characterization Facility responsibilities include:

Oversight of the Electron Probe Microanalyzer (EPMA), including maintaining existing operations as well as developing new capabilities and methods. Monitoring the performance of the electron microprobe to ensure best performance and data quality.
Train and supervise users, including ensuring that appropriate procedures are followed regarding safety, care of instruments and devices, and quality of scientific products.
Outreach activities in maintaining and broadening the existing customer base of the lab and attracting new customers. Devising new outreach materials and participating in networking activities.
Interface with both the technical and administrative staff of the Characterization Facility as needed (including outreach/marketing events and materials aiding both the core facility and the scientists professional visibility)
Work with CharFac staff to assure invoicing is current and to review and set rates.

Earth & Environmental Sciences responsibilities include:

Formal teaching, including the 3-credit microprobe course, ESci 5353
Mentoring students
Allowability for independent research

Characterization Facility: The College of Science & Engineering’s Characterization Facility (CharFac) has locations in several buildings on the Twin Cities campus, with over half a dozen types of analytical instruments, currently run by twelve staff members. The Facility provides instrumentation, education, services and collaboration in the characterization of engineering, earth and biological materials. Their mission is to directly connect to the core missions of the University of Minnesota: learning, research, and service/outreach. Please read more about the Facility on their webpage:

Earth & Environmental Sciences: The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences is part of the College of Science & Engineering. It hosts diverse research programs and state-of-the-art facilities within the recently renovated Tate Hall. In addition to the department, the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences encompasses the Continental Scientific Drilling (CSD) Facility, the Institute for Rock Magnetism (IRM), the Polar Geospatial Center (PGC), and the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS). Further information about the department may be found online at
Additional centers and strengths at the University of Minnesota include the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL), the Institute on the Environment (IonE), the Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC), GEMS (Genomics Environment Management Socio-Economic) Informatics, the Biotechnology Institute, and the Water Resources Center. Beyond these, the University hosts strong programs across the Earth and environmental sciences, ecology, forestry, soils and agricultural sciences, fluid mechanics, and geography.
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.
Please include a

Cover letter
Current CV/Resume
List of three references and contact information

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).
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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)
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