Dear probeusers,

another open position, this time at Texas A&M. 'Tis the season of probe jobs, apparently. Details follow below.

Best regards,


Texas A&M University - College Station, TX

The occupant will be a staff scientist in the Materials Characterization Facility, which is a campus wide user facility at Texas A&M University that supports the research activities of the more than 87 PIs and hundreds of students, with a focus on surface and interfacial spectroscopies and optical, electron, ion and scanning probe microscopies.

Operate and/or supervise the operation of the electron microprobe, including scheduling and billing for services and performing routine maintenance, including making sure that supplies are ordered.

Instruct users in the operation and in the theory of the microprobe: o on an individual basis, as required. o by teaching an annual workshop: Electron Microprobe Analysis, and aid in the interpretation of the results when requested.

Conduct research using the electron microprobe, usually in conjunction with faculty members at TAMU, but potentially with other institutions and industry, and co-author the results and aid in the interpretation of the results when requested.

Instruct microprobe researchers in the use of computer software on other platforms in order to facilitate and/or extend the interpretation of quantitative, qualitative, and digital imaging data sets acquired on the electron microprobe.

Develop improved procedures for the acquisition and the processing of data from the microprobe, including: where feasible, modifying instrument software in minor ways to improve its performance for specialized tasks; remaining informed of new programs useful in the processing of microprobe data, and making microprobe users aware of these programs as pertinent to their research. An individual with this title WILL be eligible to serve as a Principal Investigator (PI).

Minimum Education

An appropriate doctoral degree or an equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

Work Experience (Months/Years) and Skills Required

A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience.

Preferred Experience and Education

Ph.D. in Materials Science, Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, or related area.

3 years experience in the theory, use and operation of electron microprobe for materials analysis (ideally with expertise, including, but not limited to, the analysis of geological samples).

Certifications Required

Physical Requirements

Job Location

College Station



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Job Open Date


Job Close Date

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Dr. Anette von der Handt

Department of Earth Sciences
University of Minnesota
310 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Office phone: (612) 624-7370
Office fax: (612) 625-3819
Lab phone: (612) 624-3539
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