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there is a job opening for a microbeam specialist at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC. Details see below.



Microbeam Specialist
Carnegie Institution - Washington, DC
This announcement is being circulated listing the qualifications for a position on the staff at the Geophysical Laboratory located at 5251 Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Job Description:

The primary responsibility is to maintain and operate focused ion beam – scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) crossbeam system and other microbeam instruments, including training and providing assistance to new and visiting users, performing routine maintenance, sample preparation, and collaborating with staff and students. As a member of the electronics/microbeam analysis center, the person is expected to work with existing microbeam members to maintain smooth operation of the facility. The Laboratory supports world-class facilities in high-pressure research; organic, stable isotope and biogeochemistry; mineral physics and petrology; and astrobiology. See for a listing of its research programs and facilities.

Position Requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science degree or an advanced degree in an appropriate field of science or technology with experience in microbeam analysis.
  • Active knowledge of microbeam instruments including scanning electron microscope and electron microprobe.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with co-workers, supervisors and outside specialists sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
Preferred Attributes:
  • Experience in operating and maintaining focused ion beam equipment and scanning electron microscopes is desirable.
  • Familiarity with geological applications of electron microscopy, FIB preparation, and microbeam analysis is desirable.
Required documents for the application are: a cover letter, a CV/resumé, and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed starting March 9, 2015 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is hired.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

The Microbeam Specialist will work at the Geophysical Laboratory location in Washington, D.C. The Carnegie Institution of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability,or other protected group status.     

Dr. Anette von der Handt

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University of Minnesota
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