Post-doctoral Research Associate: Electron Microscopy for the Keck Center for Microscopy and Microanalysis
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Under general direction, the Post-doctoral Researcher performs a variety of complex technical laboratory duties. The principal emphasis is on working independently and exercising personal initiative to support experiments using electron and light microscopes, scanning probe microscopes, and the associated sample preparation equipment and experimental devices. Duties include a) troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing defective equipment, b) calibrating instruments, c) design and construction of test equipment, d) supervision and training of students and other researchers in both safety and equipment operation through both workshops and individual training sessions, and e) general support of user projects, including both consulting with users about mechanisms for achieving the desired results and running experiments for users. The Post-doctoral researcher coordinates University maintenance personnel, manufacturer service technicians, and other resources to ensure high facility and equipment uptime.
• Performs a variety of technical duties involved in conducting microscopic characterization and analysis to obtain data in support of research activities. • Performs contract work or experimental consultation to support industrial collaborations. • Assists with the organization and administration of research projects Directs and controls projects and activities of limited scope and/or manages specialized segments of highly technical/complex projects/studies. • Develops new policies and procedures within the facility. • Sets up instrumentation; calibrates equipment and repairs equipment problems. • Maintains proper laboratory safety standards. • Develops and modifies experimental methodologies and procedures. • Trains (written and oral) graduate students and post-doctors for using electron microscopes and related equipment. • Provides daily oversight that includes user training, safety supervision, and helping reach problem resolutions. • Prepares tables, graphs and report. • Procures and maintains material stock. • Maintains relevant laboratory spaces in good order. • Provides educational opportunities in assisting and facilitating lab assignments and other educational activities such as workshops. • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
• Bachelor's degree and four years of experience in laboratory work in a relevant field as well as experience with the necessary physical, electronic and chemical systems, or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Supervisory experience preferred. • Ability to read and interpret complex operations manuals, drawings and design. • Ability to interpret problems and design equipment for the particular tasks. • Ability to work independently, train and instruct others. • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our roots extending back to a small private academy started in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. Our alumni tell our story of achievement, from our first class, which included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution, to the more than 154,000 living Blue Hens who are making vital contributions to the world. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, are both UD alumni. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity—a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, UD offers a broad range of degree programs: 3 associate programs, 147 bachelor’s p...rograms, 119 master's programs, 54 doctoral programs, and 15 dual graduate programs through our seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 70 research centers. Our student body encompasses more than 17,000 undergraduates, more than 3,600 graduate students and nearly 800 students in professional and continuing studies from across the country and around the globe. Our distinguished faculty includes internationally known authors, scientists and artists, among them a Nobel laureate, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows, and members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. State-of-the-art facilities support UD's academic and public service activities. Our 146-foot coastal research vessel, Hugh R. Sharp—the most advanced in the U.S.—helps scientists across the region explore the sea. World-class figure skaters train at our High Performance Figure Skating Center. Partnerships with Nemours/A. I. du Pont Hospital for Children, Christiana Care and Thomas Jefferson University; the U.S. Army; Winterthur; Longwood Gardens and Hagley Museum offer unparalleled experiences in health sciences, defense research, art conservation, horticulture and history. The University is now transforming a 272-acre parcel, the site of a former auto assembly plant, into the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. Distinguished speaker series, symposia, 21 intercollegiate athletics programs and numerous intramural and club sports, more than 300 student organizations, concerts, exhibits and other arts and cultural activities enrich campus life.Thomas Jefferson once described Delaware as a "jewel" among states due to its strategic location on the East Coast, halfway between Washington, D.C., and New York City. Today, however, the location of Delaware's flagship university increasingly is invoked as "halfway between Los Angeles and London."In addition to our Georgian-inspired main campus in Newark, Del., UD has locations across the state--in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown and Lewes. A thriving study-abroad program and expanding international partnerships further enhance our students' education as global citizens. We invite you to visit our campus or take our virtual tour today! http://video.realviewtv.com/education/udel/
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