PARADIM (Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials) is a mid-scale infrastructure program known as a Materials Innovation Platform supported by the Division of Materials Research within the National Science Foundation. PARADIM seeks to create new interface materials with designed properties that could transform next generation electronics. PARADIM, a partnership among Cornell University, Clark Atlanta University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Chicago, marks the beginning of a new PARADIM in materials discovery. PARADIM's vision is to enable a more effective way of doing materials research, one that accelerates materials discovery by establishing an ecosystem--a national community of practitioners--and equipping them with theoretical and experimental methods that enable them to reduce to practice the inorganic materials of which they dream. To achieve this ecosystem vision, PARADIM's mission is to empower practitioners to accelerate the discovery of atomically engineered inorganic materials that revolutionize electronics. The core capability of PARADIM is its user facilities. Insuring that these tools and support staff are well aligned with PARADIM's mission and worthy of a national user facility is vital to the success of the Platform. To that end, PARADIM user facilities build upon the existing infrastructure of some of the most advanced growth, characterization, analysis, and modeling tools--supplemented by new tools with unparalleled capabilities--and make them available to the broader scientific community.
We are seeking a talented, thorough and efficient individual to support research involving the deposition and analysis of thin films in ultra-high vacuum working under the general direction of research scientists, supporting not only the staff of the PARADIM Thin Film facility, but users as well. Typical duties include
Routine processing of wafers of a variety of oxide single crystals, include acid etching, furnace annealing and quality checks
Keeping detailed, accurate records, procedures and results of processing activities and data both in notebook and computerized formats
Maintaining the equipment in the user facility, including changing water filters and compressed gas cylinders, maintaining pumps, reconfiguring compressed gas and water lines, etc. to allow for safe, efficient work
Monitor inventory and order supplies as needed
Assist staff scientists with experimentation of procedures as needed
Associate's degree in science, engineering or related field and 2-5 years of wet-lab experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience (i.e. Bachelor's degree in Materials Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or related field)
Excellent hands-on skills with equipment
Detail oriented and willing to maintain high quality standards
Ability to work independently and take initiative
Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and guidelines
Ability to keep the equipment, materials and lab organized
Ability to understand and implement processes from written protocols
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide variety of students, faculty and staff
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
Experience in a cleanroom environment
Experience with wet chemistry, particularly acid etching
Experience with advanced equipment, atomic force microscopy, electron-beam evaporation, vacuum pumps
Familiarity with Cornell Systems, KFS/e-Shop.
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