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Job Summary The Kavli Nanoscience Institute is seeking an electron, ion, and scanning probe Microscopist Technician with nanofabrication research and/or industry experience to help manage, maintain, and troubleshoot a suite of advanced microscopy instruments within its class 10,000/1,000/100 cleanroom facilities. This position will oversee the management of and lab member training on instrumentation used in lab research, primarily three scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), two focused ion beam (FIB) systems (one He/Ne/Ga-FIB and one SEM/Ga-FIB), an atomic force microscope (AFM), and associated analytical and sample preparation equipment. The successful candidate will add to existing troubleshooting resources and SOPs.
The ideal candidate can work independently and provide excellent assistance to students, postdocs, staff, and faculty members and address their needs and the technical requirements for laboratory experiments. Previous experience working with FEI/Thermo Fisher and Zeiss service engineers is a plus. Familiarity with the basics of nanofabrication processes and instrumentation - particularly related to lithography, etching, and deposition - is a plus.
Job Duties Primary area of responsibility will be managing the SEM, FIB, and AFM suite of equipment (see microscope models and existing resources: https://lab.kni.caltech.edu/index.php/Equipment_List#Microscopy). - Serve as the primary point of contact with users of SEM, FIB, AFM and auxiliary equipment, providing training/answering questions in imaging and analysis techniques, sample preparation, and overall user supervision. - Perform scheduled maintenance and alignments, order and monitor use of supplies/consumables, and perform any necessary troubleshooting to ensure optimal functionality of instruments. - Review and implement best practices and standard operating procedures, which already exist for the lab's microscopy equipment; modify and add to these resources, as needed. - Educate/inform users on the proper use of equipment from a procedural standpoint, and on the underlying physics of the various techniques. - Work with vendors and service engineers to ensure quick, thorough, and effective responses, as needed. - Take initiative to improve work processes that affect the functions of the facility; anticipate problems and work proactively to resolve them. - Ensure compliance with Institute policies, scientific protocols, regulatory agencies and, safety practices. - Assume additional responsibilities to promote the KNI's mission as needed.
Basic Qualifications - B.S. in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or related field. - Minimum of two years direct experience operating electron and ion microscopes in a research or production environment. - Proficient in common SEM and FIB techniques, e.g. secondary electron & backscattered electron imaging, EDS, cutting and imaging cross-sections. - Excellent time management, organization, and attention to detail. - Highly proficient in listening and communicating with students, staff, faculty, and vendors. - Maintain a dedicated and flexible mindset and engage in teamwork.
Preferred Qualifications - M.S. in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or related field. - Experience operating etching and/or deposition and/or lithography equipment. - Experience in AFM imaging and related techniques (e.g. tapping mode, contact mode, image analysis) is a plus, though not necessary - Experience operating a transmission electron microscope (TEM) is a plus, though not necessary - Customer service/user training experience.
Required Documents - Resume - List of Three Professional References EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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