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University of Cambridge
Department of Earth Sciences
Research Analyst - permanent post
To operate, instruct in the use of, maintain, and develop the electron
probe microanalysis (EPMA) facility.
We are looking for a dynamic and enterprising person with a sound
knowledge of electron microscopy and analysis along with a background in
geological or materials science. The successful applicant will also be
responsible for maintaining quality control of analytical output and
will advise on interpreting results.
Knowledge of the Cameca SX100 or SX50 instruments would be a distinct
Salary £25,134 - £32,796.
Please send CV and e-mails of 2 referees to the Administrator,
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Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ.
The successful applicant will be responsible for operation of the Cameca
SX100 electron microprobe (with EDS and associated equipment.). This is
a major analytical research facility with users from all areas of the
department, elsewhere in the university, and externally. Duties will
• Responsibility for the day-to-day operation, calibration & routine
maintenance of electron microprobe and associated equipment. Managing
all aspects of the laboratory including user schedules.
• Advising users on suitable analytical strategies to solve specific
• Providing assistance, training & supervision of researchers, students
and visiting academics from diverse backgrounds in the successful use of
• Monitoring and maintaining quality control of analytical output and
assist in the interpretation of analyses in a geologically meaningful
way. Ensuring that analytical results and methods are archived.
• Designing, developing and testing analytical strategies.
• Playing a major role in marketing and promoting the microprobe both
within and outside the University to help generate running costs from
usage of the equipment.
Although our instrument is under service contract with Cameca, the
candidate should have the ability to carry-out initial trouble-shooting
of both instrumental and analytical problems able to make small repairs
to the instrumentation.
The post affords the opportunity to become familiar with modern
state-of-the-art equipment. The primary focus of the position is
successful operation of the facility however collaborative or
independent research is encouraged.
Extensive experience of operating an electron microprobe or comparable
An MSc or PhD in geosciences or related fields and a knowledge of
instrumental geochemistry, mineral chemistry and optical mineralogy and
the ability to interpret analyses in a geologically meaningful way.
The lab manager will often be working with students and others who may
be unfamiliar with microprobes, so good communications skills are required.
Reasonable knowledge of PC systems to setup/install, upgrade and
maintain specialist software. Mechanical aptitude
Extensive experience of operating and maintaining a Cameca SX-100 or SX-50.
Preference will be given to candidates with extensive experience of
wavelength dispersive x-ray spectrometry and a good understanding of
both the theory and application of electron probe microanalysis &
electron microscopy. Understanding of the interactions of x-rays with
matter as applied to spectroscopic techniques and of the operation of
vacuum systems, radiation detectors etc. used to operate and collect
data from this type of instrument.
Skills will ideally include a sound understanding of the generation,
measurement, and counting statistics of x-rays, as well as statistical
The ideal applicant will have a knowledge of data processing, statistics
and quality control applied to x-ray detection and measurement and
experience with laboratory management.
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DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE Tel +44 1223 333469
DOWNING STREET +44 1223 333400
CAMBRIDGE FAX +44 1223 333450
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