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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

Sample Preparation/Coating/Sputtering:

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 
evaporation coaters.

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 
in writing.

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 
is scheduled.

An Equal-Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution Committed to 
Cultural Diversity and Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

John Donovan
Director- Microanalytical Facility
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