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The following position is now open for applications at the CAMCOR
shared user facility at the University of Oregon.
Please contact John Donovan for details.
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The MicroAnalytical Research Assistant position provides professional
technical and scientific assistance to support the CAMCOR
MicroAnalytical laboratory and associated Inorganic Sample
Preparation Laboratory under the direction and instruction of the
MicroAnalytical Facility Director. As an entry level position, the
MicroAnalytical Research Assistant will be expected to learn all
necessary techniques and methods through self-instruction, tutoring,
classes, professional development, scientific conferences, and other
educational opportunities as available.
The MicroAnalytical Research Assistant will be expected to maintain
the instrument laboratory and sample preparation areas, prepare
samples of a geological, materials and archeological nature using a
variety of sample preparation techniques. The MicroAnalytical
Research Assistant will also operate optical and stereo microscopes
and perform qualitative and quantitative analysis using a scanning
electron microscope (FEI Quanta FEG SEM) and two electron probe micro
analysis instruments (Cameca SX50 EPMA and SX100 EPMA).
The MicroAnalytical Research Assistant will also provide assistance,
supervision and instruction for students, faculty and commercial
visitors using the shared laboratories, optical microscopes,
computers, scanners and other shared laboratory equipment. The
MicroAnalytical Research Assistant will provide computer backup and
file sharing maintenance and support for the MicroAnalytical
Facility. Complete details and application procedure at
50% Sample Preparation for MicroAnalytical Facility: Cutting,
grinding, cleaving, mounting, embedding, and polishing and coating of
a wide variety of samples for use in the Microanalytical Facility.
Both grain mounts, polished thick and thin sections and standard
materials for calibration of the instruments. Vibratory polishing and
etching for EBSD samples. Coating using a variety of sputter and
Sample preparation using tripod polishing, ultra-microtome, FIB and
Electron Beam Lithography will also be required on occasion.
Instrument operation for MicroAnalytical:
30% Instrument Operation for MicroAnalytical Facility: Operate
variable pressure FEG SEM and electron microprobes for imaging,
mapping and quantitative analysis on a wide variety of samples and
materials including thin films, archeological samples, geological
samples, and photo-voltaic, semi-conductor, thermo-electric, super
conductor and other bulk materials.
Operate energy dispersive spectrometers (EDS), electron backscatter
detector (EBSD), cathodo-luminescence (CL) and utilize Peltier cold
and hot stages for in-situ SEM experiments.
General facility support and assistance:
10% Computer Backup and Laboratory Maintenance: Manage instrument and
shared computers in MicroAnalytical facility. Perform operating
system updates, anti-virus updates, file maintenance, access
security, user management on secure data servers, purchase parts and
consumables for the MicroAnalytical Facility and Inorganic
Preparation Laboratory as needed. Work with on-site instrument
engineer and electronic engineer as necessary to assist in
maintaining all laboratory equipment.
10% Tours, Workshops and Outreach: Conduct technical tours of the
facility for community, industry, prospective student and other
visitors. Support middle and high school and community college
outreach efforts. Organize and support semi-annual workshops and
topical conferences for the MicroAnalytical Facility. Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a science related field and
three years of experience in a laboratory and microscopy related
field or Master's degree in a science related field and one year
experience in a laboratory and microscopy related field.
Preferred ability in:
Experience in sample preparation for EPMA and SEM, including epoxies,
adhesives, vacuum impregnation, hot plate mounting with Petropoxy,
thin sectioning, polishing with water/alcohol based diamond abrasives.
Operation of metallic/carbon evaporators and sputter coaters, fume
hoods, spinners, etchers, and knowledge of proper handling and
storing of chemicals.
Technical/scientific programming and computing management and
applications. Norton Ghost for automated backup of data storage.
Demonstrated ability in:
Following prescribed procedures, communicate effectively verbally and
Providing efficient and professional laboratory assistance in a fast
paced environment. Effectively managing and prioritizing competing
demands and keeping shared laboratory facilities at high levels of
organization, cleanliness and safety levels. Absorbing a high level
of technical details quickly.
The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively
with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and
experience. This is a 0.5 FTE position. There is the possibility that
the FTE may increase in the future depending on funding, performance
and departmental need.
Please include contact information for three professional references.
Review of applications will begin September 27, 2011, and continue
until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants is obtained or until
the position is filled. This announcement is available in alternate
formats upon request. If you are a qualified applicant with a
disability and need accommodation with the application process,
please call (541) 346-3159. If you need accommodation for the
interview, please notify the Business Affairs Office if an interview
An Equal-Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution Committed to
Cultural Diversity and Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Director- Microanalytical Facility
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